Tall Trees Grove

Redwood National Park

Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, California

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  • A short tunnel carved out of a fallen redwood.- Tall Trees Grove
  • The beginning of the trail wanders through new-growth forest.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Trail meandering through the grove.- Tall Trees Grove
  • The entrance to the Tall Trees Grove.- Tall Trees Grove
  • A towering coastal redwood.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Take time to relax and enjoy the presence of the giants.- Tall Trees Grove
  • The height of these ancient trees is amazing.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Light rays beam through the trees.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Looking up at the 300-foot tree tops.- Tall Trees Grove
  • A gopher snake slithers across the trail.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Sections of the trail are bordered by giant ferns.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Some deciduous trees can be found along the loop.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Sun begins to set behind a 300-foot redwood.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Redwood Creek runs around the Tall Trees Grove.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Backcountry camping along Redwood Creek.- Tall Trees Grove
  • Milky Way over the old-growth trees at night.- Tall Trees Grove
  • It is difficult to fathom how large these organisms are.- Tall Trees Grove
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Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Home to one of the world's tallest trees. Giant ferns.
Cons: 
Steep hike. Long gravel road. Requires a permit.
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Region:
Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
760.00 ft (231.65 m)
Parking Pass: 
Special Permit Required From Visitor Center
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
860.00 ft (262.13 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Tall Trees Grove boasts some of the world's tallest trees, many of which are over 320 feet in height. This short trail is great for a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. Hiking to the Tall Trees Grove leads along a trail down to Redwood Creek. Upon reaching the grove the trail splits into a short loop that meanders through the towering coastal redwoods. Anyone backpacking will need to obtain a permit and can follow the offshoots of the Tall Trees Loop and trek out into the creek bed where backcountry camping is allowed. Visitors must set camp at least a quarter of a mile from the grove. After completing the loop, visitors leave the old-growth forest behind and hike out the same trail, this time gaining elevation.

To access the Tall Trees Trail, all visitors must obtain a free permit from a park visitor center. Along with this permit, users will obtain a combination for the gate that bars the entrance to Tall Trees Grove Access Road

Within the Tall Trees Grove lies what was world's tallest tree before the top broke off. According to information signs, this tree was over 360 feet tall. The coast redwoods are not the only large flora within the grove. Ferns here grow up to 6 feet tall and make visitors feel as if they are within the world of Jurassic Park. 

Unfortunately the area of old-growth coast redwood forest continues to shrink. This leads to problems for species adapted to live within the tree canopy. Marbled murrelets are one such species of bird. These sea-going birds only nest in tall old-growth forests and are also under threat from other birds. Corvids, most notably the Steller's jay, will feed on marbled murrelet eggs and chicks if they are presented with the opportunity. One way to help prevent the decline of these murrelets is to not feed any birds, especially the Steller's jay. Corvids are very intelligent and can remember hundreds of locations of where they were fed by humans, thus they return often. If corvids are not fed within the old-growth forests, they will likely avoid the area and the marbled murrelet nests.

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