Montgomery Woods Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Despite its seemingly out-of-the-way location, Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve receives a fair number of visitors, due in great part to the fact that at one time it boasted the tallest known coastal redwood in existence. The unmarked 367.5-foot-tall specimen, the Mendocino Tree, was subsequently outdone by the discovery of larger trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park. Although visitation dropped following these other discoveries, it is still high for such a remote, inland area that requires long drives on narrow, winding roads. Such popularity is no doubt a result of the magnificence of its five, unlogged groves harbored on an alluvial flat, bisected by sluggish Montgomery Creek, and sandwiched between steep canyon walls. The lush ground cover, including a patch of nearly head-high chain ferns, enhances the area’s cathedral-like ambiance."