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Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail

Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, California

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  • View into the redwoods.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • - Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • The massive base of a redwood.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • Standing inside a fallen redwood.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • The root system of a fallen redwood.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • A park visitor compared to a fallen redwood.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • Undergrowth of Oregon oxalis (Oxalis oregana) in the redwood forest.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • The bases of two redwoods.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • Base of a redwood compared to an RV.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
  • Restroom facilities at the trailhead.- Simpson Reed Grove + Peterson Memorial Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Massive redwood trees. Easy to access from highway.
Cons: 
Close to highway. Muddy access in damp weather.
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Region:
Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Peterson Memorial Trail and connected Simpson Reed Grove Trail within the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park provide easy and relaxing access to enormous, 2,000-year-old redwood trees. These trails cover only a tiny fraction of the 10,000 acres of primeval redwood groves that are protected by the state park, but they are easy to access from the highway for those making a quick pass on their way to or from the coast. In addition to the redwoods you'll see along this trail, you’ll also find an undergrowth of azaleas, rhododendrons and ferns. Free tours are provided at the times noted on a sign at the trailhead.

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