There’s no denying the awe-inspiring beauty of Northern California’s Redwood National and State Parks, one of the world’s last remaining natural marvels. Because the Redwood Forest spans over 139,000 acres near the communities of Orick and Crescent City, the most popular method of exploration is good, old-fashioned hiking and backpacking. Our particular slice of North Coast tranquility is home to over 200 miles worth of Redwood hiking trails, making the planning process quite dizzying. Luckily for you, we’ve hand-selected seven of our favorite hikes inside the Redwoods, all of which are minutes away from our affordable, modern, and fully-equipped Redwood cabins!
7 Best Redwood Forest Trails
1. Fern Canyon Loop Trail – The natural place to start this list is Fern Canyon, our favorite Northern California hidden gem. Not only can you pick up this 1.1-mile loop from several top-rated Redwood hiking trails, including the ever-popular James Irvine, but this towering, jaw-dropping canyon is entirely enclosed by lush ferns. If there is one place to visit inside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, it’s Fern Canyon.
2. Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail – Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail is approximately five miles from several of our top-rated Redwood cabins, including this stylish, private cabin that sits on 40 acres of forestry. Some of the tallest trees in the national park stand inside this popular grove. This 1.3-mile loop is perfect for hikers of ages and skill levels! The grove is particularly stunning in the early-morning fog or the late afternoon sunlight.
3. Boy Scout Tree Trail – Boy Scout Tree Trail is widely considered one of the most pristine old-growth forests in California. Despite being less frequented by travelers, this 4.8-mile, out-and-back trail is one of our favorites. The journey to the aptly-named Fern Falls will fill your heart to the brim with wonderment.
4. Cathedral Trees Trail – Cathedral Trees, much like many other Redwood hiking trails, connects with several paths and loops. But, luckily for you, not many locals or vacationers know about this well-kept secret. Meander along a navigable dirt path underneath towering redwoods and keep your eyes peeled for mushrooms, slugs, and beautiful elk!
5. Clintonia Trail Loop – This rewarding loop near Orick is approximately seven miles in length so remember to pack plenty of water and perhaps a light picnic. We recommend arriving early so that you can witness the sun’s rays shining through the morning fog – it’s truly a sight to behold! A good portion of this loop is connected to both James Irvine and Miner’s Ridge.
6. Stout Memorial Grove Trail – If you’re searching for something short and sweet that the whole family will love, we recommend the 0.7-mile Stout Memorial Grove Trail. Skip rocks in the Smith River, walk the creeks, and pose for photos next to giant, fallen redwoods during your expedition along this short trail.
7. Hidden Beach and False Klamath Rock – Most trails on this list feature ancient trees, swaying ferns, colorful mushrooms, and occasionally jaw-dropping wildlife, but False Klamath Rock and Hidden Beach are both eye-popping pit stops during your Northern California getaway. Despite what this link says, the trip from the Lagoon Creek Picnic Grounds to False Klamath Rock to Hidden Beach and back is about a 3.7-mile journey.
Contemporary, Charming Redwood Cabins
Modern yet Cozy Beach House
If you’re searching for a stylish yet cozy beach house near Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, we recommend this new, ocean-view vacation rental. After each unforgettable day deep in the heart of the Redwood Forest, return to your private, oceanfront deck for a well-deserved glass of wine. Watch a glorious Pacific Ocean sunset after making a delicious, home-cooked dinner in your sizable, fully-equipped kitchen.
Stylish, Private Cabin
This sleek, private vacation rental is one of our prized Redwood cabins! You’ll have 40 acres of private, glorious Redwoods at your disposal. Sip on a fresh-brewed coffee on your balcony in the morning, enjoy after-dinner drinks on your private deck, and gather around the fire pit to roast marshmallows after dusk. This 1,120-square-foot home sleeps five, has five-star amenities, and is a popular hangout for many woodland creatures, including curious elk.
Rainbow’s End, one of our newest Redwood cabins in Orick, rests along a serene pasture near the Pacific Ocean’s edge. You simply won’t find lodging near Redwood National Park that sits on this much land. Take a short bicycle ride to the ocean, share stories of the day’s adventures on the covered porch, and gaze at herds of elk as they scamper through the pasture. To browse through all of our Redwood cabins or to book a well-deserved summertime vacation, please visit our website! You can also give us a call at 1-707-834-6555 to speak with a friendly voice!