5 of the Most Breathtaking Redwood Hikes

sun glints through the redwoods

Where can you find skyscraping trees that have branches up to 5 feet in diameter, are enveloped in 12 inches of bark, and can live for thousands of years? Right here in Northern California! Our area is home to a variety of lush forests and state parks that feature winding roads and trails that are just waiting to be explored. Redwood hikes offer guests the unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these incredible looming giants and provide a memorable experience you’ll never forget. Here are some of the best places to go to see California’s majestic redwoods.

Our Favorite Redwood Hikes Near Mendocino

1. The Colonel Armstrong Loop

This trail in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is about two hours south of the Inns of Glendeven and is the perfect place to stop on a weekend getaway from San Francisco. The Colonel Armstrong Loop is a flat, 1.3-mile hike that runs past mid-sized redwoods and dense foliage. Guests can also travel on a single-lane road just a few feet from the trail that is incredibly scenic and passes by the best redwoods in the park. Be sure to watch out for other drivers who may be paying more attention to the trees above than the road!

2. The Fern Canyon Trail

A stroll through Fern Canyon in Van Damme State Park will take you to the heart of the park’s sky-high trees. The hike is about 5 miles round-trip and winds along the bottom of a canyon filled with vibrant green ferns and gigantic redwoods. Multiple walking bridges provide a spectacular view of the river, and if the season is right, you may even see wild salmon swimming upstream to spawn. The paved trail is open year-round and is a fun and relaxing activity for hikers of all skill levels.

3. The Avenue of the Giants

Situated in Humboldt Redwoods State Park (about 70 miles north of Mendocino), the Avenue of the Giants is a picturesque winding road that is shadowed by giant Coast Redwoods. These trees are some of the densest and most impressive in the world, and many of the most iconic images of the redwood forest come from here – so don’t forget your camera! After driving along the avenue, grab your hiking boots and make your way to Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This Coast Redwood was discovered on August 25th, 2000, and measured 370 feet as of July 2004.

4. Montgomery Creek Trail

Montgomery Woods is one of the more remote of California’s 31 redwood parks and is perfect for a peaceful hike through the trees. The Montgomery Creek Trail follows Montgomery Creek upstream to five separate redwood groves that have never been logged. The trail is about three miles long and features the two main species of redwoods in the Western United States – the Sierra Redwood and the Coast Redwood.

5. Navarro River Redwoods State Park

This 660-acre state park in Mendocino County offers an 11-mile stretch of redwood forest along the banks of the Navarro River. Although this area was heavily logged in the 19th century, visitors can still enjoy a peaceful walk and admire the second-growth redwoods. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing are also available under the shady trees.

Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven

Spending the day amongst some of the tallest trees in the world is a beloved activity by California locals and visitors alike. After your hike, you can return to total comfort and relaxation in one of our charming rooms or suites or join us for an afternoon glass of wine in our exclusive wine barn. Our Mendocino bed and breakfast offers wonderful accommodations and expert recommendations for once-in-a-lifetime activities, and we can’t wait to hear all about your journey through the redwoods!

Torrey Douglass