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Moderate Hikes

The following hikes are between 2.2 and 7.5 miles long, and have moderate elevation gains.  With over 100 miles of trails available to hikers there is something for everyone. Whether you are interested in a short, level stroll through the lush forest or a multi-day, strenuous adventure, Humboldt Redwoods has what you’re looking for. Detailed, full-color topographical maps are available by sending $3 check or money order and your address to:

Map Request
Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association
P.O. Box 276
Weott, CA 95571


A note about summer bridges: Much of the park’s backcountry is located across the South Fork Eel River and across Bull Creek from the major roadways. The park installs summer foot bridges at the following locations to create more access points to the backcountry. These bridges generally go in by the middle of May and get taken out by early October, but late or early rains can change these dates. If your plans depend on these bridges you may want to call the park before you arrive, or check at the Visitor Center for the current status of the bridges.

Summer bridges are located at:
The Big Trees area, crossing Bull Creek
Lower Bull Creek Flats, near the Rockefeller Loop Trail, crossing Bull Creek
Women’s Federation Grove, crossing the South Fork Eel
Burlington, crossing the South Fork Eel
Garden Club of America Grove, crossing the South Fork Eel
Williams Grove, crossing the South Fork Eel (not installed for 2006)


Near the Big Trees AreaBULL CREEK TRAIL NORTH
The north portion of the Bull Creek Trail is accessible year-round and offers a walk through the largest old growth redwood forest remaining in the world. This is the forest primeval, and there is literally nothing like it anywhere else in the world! When summer bridges are out this is best hiked as an out-and-back route, and you may start at either Lower Bull Creek Flats or the Big Trees area.
Trailhead: Lower Bull Creek Flats, 1.1 miles west of Ave. of the Giants on Mattole Road OR Big Trees Area, 4.1 miles west of Ave. of the Giants on Mattole Road.
Length: 3.7 miles each way
Time: 2 hours each way
Elevation +/-: 200’

BULL CREEK TRAIL NORTH & SOUTH (LOOP)
A wonderful loop trail can be made by taking the Bull Creek Trail North in one direction and the South section in the other. This loop can only be made when summer bridges are installed, and offers an even better look at the magnificent Rockefeller Forest. The South section of the trail alternates between the forest floor, creek side, and the base of the hill, offering a wide variety of viewpoints of the forest.
Trailhead: Lower Bull Creek Flats, 1.1 miles west of Ave. of the Giants on Mattole Road OR Big Trees Area, 4.1 miles west of Ave. of the Giants on Mattole Road.
Length: 7.5 mile loop
Time: 4 hours
Elevation +/-: 500’

RIVER TRAIL – NORTH SECTION Redwood Lilly
The River Trail follows the western bank of the South Fork Eel River, and can be hiked as an out-and-back route or as a one-way shuttle route. Summer bridges must be installed for access to the River Trail. Currently the section of River Trail south of Garden Club of America Grove is closed due to bridges lost in the Canoe Creek fire of 2003.
Trailhead: Start at either the Burlington summer bridge near Park Headquarters or at Lower Bull Creek Flats, 1.1 miles west of Ave. of the Giants on Mattole Road.
Length: 3.6 miles one way.
Time: 2 hours
Elevation +/-: 300’

JOHNSON PRAIRIE TRAIL
This out-and-back hike is short in distance but gains elevation quickly! The hike takes you through the redwood forest and to an open area known as Johnson Prairie, in honor of the Johnson family who homesteaded there in the 1870’s. The end of the trail takes you to the gravesite of Addie Johnson, who with her husband Tosaldo Johnson settled the area. Magnificent views of Grasshopper Peak and the forest can be had at the prairie.
Trailhead: An unmarked turnout 0.1 miles west of the Big Trees area, 4.2 miles west of Ave. of the Giants on Mattole Road.
Length: 2.2 miles total
Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation +/-: 600’