By Robert Earle Howells

Redwood Creek Trail

When to Go: June to September

Round-Trip: 16 Miles, 2 Days

Level: Moderate Backpacking Trip

The first few miles of this hike pass through lovely forests of ferns, dogwoods, and alders. But the payoff comes when you cross a small bridge into the Tall Trees Grove and stand amid the tallest of the tall, the biggest of the big, the Himalaya of trees. They’re as ancient as they are soaring. John Steinbeck called them “ambassadors from another time.” Camp on the Redwood Creek gravel bar upstream of Bond Creek.

Insider Tip: Hyperion, the tallest tree in the world at 379 feet, is in this watershed, but you won’t find a sign to point it out.

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