Where? : From Redwood
NP Kuchel Visitor Center, drive north on Highway 101. Pass Orick, turn right
onto Bald Hills Road. After driving uphill for 3 miles, immediately after passing
under a large footbridge, you’ll see a parking lot to your right.
When? : Year round
visit. Summer temperatures range from 40 to 75F but are cooler along the coast.
At summer month morning and evening fog is common. Winter brings chillier 35 -
55F days. Prepare for rain from November to May.
Due note 1: The trail was
built for Redwood National Park’s dedication ceremony in 1968.
Due note 2: Bald Hills
Road is not recommended for RVs or trailers. Parking on the Bald Hills Road is
not allowed, and the Lady Bird Johnson Grove parking spots are too small for large
RV and trailers.
Due note 3: Come early
morning or later at the afternoon. Once the parking lot is full, there are not any
other options to park nearby. Parking on the side of the Bald Hills Road is
dangerous and is not allowed. In summer (June to August), this parking area is
frequently full, from 11am until 4pm.
Due note 4: Prairie Creek
Redwoods State Park is part several others redwood state and National parks
that stretch up at the Northern California's coast and protect the
remaining of the old growth Redwoods trees.
My thoughts: This is one of
the most popular trails in the park, you walk among large redwood trees that
grows in the higher hillside elevation. It is nice place to visit, I liked visiting
this redwood grove but if you need to select only one short hike, I recommend
doing the “Big Tree hiking loop” at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
coast redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) exist in a narrow band that runs for 500
miles from Monterey to just over the Oregon border. The redwoods follow the rain
and fog at elevations below 2,000 feet, where heavy winter rains and moderate
year-round temperatures occur. Trees can grow up to 350 feet tall or more, with
a base diameter of about 20 feet.
“living fossils” dating back 100 million years to the Cretaceous Period- the
time of the dinosaurs. The oldest coast redwoods are about 2,000 years old.
As result of
extensive logging activity in Between 1880 and the early 1900s, thousands of
acres of old-growth redwoods had disappeared; Series of state and national
parks in northern California protect the remaining of the old-growth Redwoods.
In 1994, NPS
and California State Parks agreed to co-manage four parks: Del Norte Coast,
Prairie Creek and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks, and Redwood National
Park. Managing the parks together provides protection and preservation of more
than 105,000 acres of redwood forest.
logging only about 5% of old growth Redwood exist today, 95% of them are in
northern California and 80% of them are already protected in one of the parks.
This is one of
the most popular trails in Redwood National Park because it is easy, short 1.4
mile long and can be completed within an hour, close to Kuchel Visitor Center
with relatively “ok size” parking lot.
In 1969, one
year after Redwood National Park declaration, President Nixon dedicated this
grove to former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, for all her conservation and
1.4-mile-long loop trail, it is easy and good for small kids with many
explanation signs, interpretive trail brochures are available free of charge if
you return them back at the end of your hike.
trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park that are near busy road where you
can hear the traffic from the trail this mountain side-road location is free of
location on the edge of the National Park protected aria most of the trees next
to the parking lot are second-growth Douglas-fir trees. The hike itself is in an
old-growth redwoods that have never been logged.
parking lot, cross the wooden footbridge over Bald Hills Road. The trail passes
in this first section few isolated large redwood trees, after 0.3-mile you will
reach the loop section, it is not so much important which way you will take.
lower elevation east side of the ridge has a more open view on nice collection
of old redwoods with some good-sized trees.
Hiking the 0.8-mile
loop section will bring you back to the entering trail and from here you will
hike back to your car.