Humboldt Redwoods State Park has hundreds of miles of trails — there are so many it’s hard to decide where to hike. Listed here are the five best hikes chosen by the volunteers of the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association who staff the Visitor Center.
Founder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail.
An easy hike, just over two-thirds of a mile in total. The trailhead is easy to find off the Avenue of the Giants about four miles north of the Visitor Center.
Rockefeller Loop Trail in Rockefeller Forest.
The trailhead is off Mattole Rd., about a mile west of where Mattole Rd. joins the Avenue of the Giants, four miles north of the Visitor Center. In this short hike which is just two-thirds of a mile long, hikers will find 17 of the world’s 100 tallest trees.
Bull Creek Trail South.
This is a seven-mile round-trip hike through the Bull Creek State Wilderness. At 10,000 acres, it is the largest section of old-growth redwood forest left. This trail is accessed off the Rockefeller Loop Trail.
Johnson Camp Trail.
This 10-mile round-trip trail has some steep sections as it climbs to a backcountry camp. Hikers will find deserted cabins the loggers once slept in, along with other artifacts from the heyday of logging. This is also an equestrian trail, so hikers may encounter horseback travelers along the way. The trailhead is about six miles west on Mattole Rd., across from the Albee Creek Campground.
Grasshopper Multiuse Trail.
This is a 14-mile round-trip that takes hikers to the fire lookout atop Grasshopper Peak, which tops out at 3,379 feet. It is an 8-hour round trip for average hikers who will enjoy stunning views of the entire park from the lookout. There is a backcountry campground just below the peak. This trail is also open to horses and bicycles. Access the trail from the Johnson Camp trailhead.