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Redwood Grove Trail

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • The trail begins at a marked trailhead at the end of the easternmost parking area.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • The trailhead is adjacent to the park's Butterfly Garden.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • While the trail begins on the Carbon Canyon Creek Trail, signs clearly mark the direction to the redwood grove.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • The Redwood Grove Trail follows a hard packed dirt path that parallels the path of Carbon Canyon Creek.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • California black walnut trees add a bit of color to the walk.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • Carbon Canyon Dam's construction resulted in the dissolution of the village of Olinda. The dam is adjacent to the Redwood Grove Trail.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • Carbon Canyon Regional Park's recreational opportunities lie just across the creek bed from the trail.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • The first glimpse of the redwoods peeking out from the dry trail.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • The grove contains 241 coast redwood trees, the only successful non-native grove in Southern California.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • The redwood trees' presence makes the grove significantly more shady and cooler than the surrounding area.- Redwood Grove Trail
  • Brea's Carbon Canyon Regional Park redwood grove.- Redwood Grove Trail
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Pros: 
Only successful non-native redwood grove in Southern California.
Cons: 
Trail isn't especially scenic.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
490.00 ft (149.35 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
60.00 ft (18.29 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall, Winter
Suitable for:
Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.30 mi (3.70 km)
Total elevation gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
490.00 ft (149.35 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Redwood Grove Trail through Carbon Canyon Regional Park is an easy walk leading to the only successful non-native coast redwood grove in Southern California. Reached by an out-and-back trail that stretches 1.15 miles each direction, the grove is a shady and unique destination in this corner of the county. The spacious grove lies slightly off the beaten path, ensuring a sense of quiet. Much of the trail has suffered recent fire and flood damage and remains in a rehabilitative state.

In 1970, a local bank promotion gave away redwood seedlings to customers, with the remainder being given to the county. Several years later, rangers planted these trees as part of the park's grand opening. Today, 241 coast redwood trees stand in a shady corner of the park, forming a grove that is significantly more shady and cool than the surrounding dry hillside. The adjacent Carbon Canyon Dam towers above the basin, its construction having led to the dissolution of the past village of Olinda.

Vehicle entrance to Carbon Canyon Regional Park is $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekdays, with some exceptions. Park hours are generally 7 a.m. until sunset. Alternatively, hikers can park at the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center and walk a short path to the trailhead. Trails from the center of Carbon Canyon Regional Park and the surrounding neighborhood also exist, which can trim some distance from the hike. Bikes, equestrians and dogs on leash are permitted. Rattlesnakes and mountain lions have been spotted in the area before.

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