The Redwood Creek Trail, which provides access to the Tall Trees
Grove and the "Emerald Mile," is the only trail in the national park that
requires a backcountry permit. Permits are free and available on a first come, first served basis from the Redwood Information Center.
The can be accessed from Bald Hills Road via a short dirt road. A picnic area and trailhead lie at the end of this access road. The trail begins at an elevation of approximately 40 feet. It follows the path of Redwood Creek gaining little elevation in the first mile.
Approximately one and a half miles from the trailhead Redwood Creek Trail crosses Redwood Creek and continues leading southward on the western bank of the stream. (This stream crossing and another close to the Tall Trees Grove can be dangerous during winter and spring.) Immediately after crossing Redwood Creek the trail crosses a tributary and begins to gain elevation. The trail shortly reaches 200 feet then descends slightly crossing another tributary.
Beyond the second tributary crossing, Redwood Creek Trail turns eastward following a bend in the river. Continuing to trace the stream bed the trail makes a rounded turn southward, reaches 250 feet then crosses another small creeklet. Beyond this crossing the trail descends to 150 feet then turns slightly westward rounding another bend.
The next mile and a half leads southwestward to Bond Creek. The trail crosses this drainage then immediately turns eastward remaining on the western bank of Redwood Creek. Follow the creek eastward then southward gaining a mile to reach Forty-four Creek. Cross this small stream then turn eastward following a bend in the creek. After a short distance the trail turns southward for a quarter mile, then turns abruptly westward to a trail junction. This trail leads northward a quarter mile to Forty-four backcountry camp.
Walking past the trail junction the trail, and Redwood Creek, make a large, round turn eastward. Before this turn is complete Redwood Creek Trail fords Redwood Creek and leads into Tall Trees Grove. Before this stream crossing is the best vantage point of the world's tallest tree, which stands in the grove across Redwood Creek. At this point the trail joins the path of Tall Trees Trail, follow the trail to the left to wind through the redwood grove. A mile eastward from this stream crossing the trail reaches the trailhead at the end of C-Line Road. A quarter mile past the trailhead, south, the trail joins the Dolason Prairie Trail.
Camping is permitted along this trail on the gravel bar of Redwood Creek. All camps must be made a quarter mile from the Tall Trees Grove and south of the first foot bridge from the picnic area at the northern end of the trail. A wilderness permit is necessary for day and overnight use of Redwood Creek.
Directions: From Orick, Follow Highway 101 northward approximately 1 mile to Bald Hills Road. Turn eastward and drive .25 miles to the Redwood Creek Picnic Area and Trail access road. Follow the dirt road .25 miles to the trailhead.
Elevation: 40 feet
Ending Elevation: 700 feet
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