This route passes some of the largest, most spectacular redwoods in the park and even goes through some of them! Because the ascents are so short and gradual, you hardly notice them, allowing you to focus instead on the beauty of the old-growth forest. The hike begins at the famous Big Tree, then parallels the parkway before veering away up the lovely Brown Creek valley. The east leg follows the Rhododendron Trail, especially beautiful in June when the “rhodies” are blooming. The final section follows the Cathedral Trees Trail, with trees that have taken on some interesting shapes as a result of damage and subsequent regrowth.
Redwood National and State Parks: 707-465-7765 (Kuchel Visitor Center)