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This trail leads to a short loop winding through the Tall Trees redwood grove. It passes the tallest tree in the world.

This trail leads into the Tall Trees grove of redwoods from the southern end of C-Line Road. The trail is short, one and a half miles one-way, and descends 650 feet en route to the banks of Redwood Creek. Further hiking opportunities are accessible from this trail.

Begin this trek by obtaining a hiking permit and lock combination (for the C-Line Road gate) at the Redwood Information Center. From Highway 101 follow Bald Hills Road to C-Line. The combination you received will allow you access on to C-Line Road. Follow this to the trailhead.

The trail begins by descending from the trailhead. A short distance from the trailhead the trail forks. The left side of this fork is the Emerald Ridge Trail. Follow the right side as it descends northward.

In the next mile the trail descends 650 feet to the beginning of a short loop. At this intersection the trail to the left leads across Redwood Creek. If the bridge is in place cross the creek for a good view of the grove and the world's tallest tree. The trail that leads right is the end of the loop. Walk forward on the middle trail, which will turn eastward and wind through the grove. The loop is nearly one half mile. It passes the first, third and sixth largest redwood trees. Once you complete the loop turn left and begin ascending to the trailhead.

Directions: From Redwood Information Center, Follow Highway 101 northward 3 miles to Bald Hills Road. Turn right on Bald Hills Road and travel 7 miles to C-Line Road. Open the gate with the combination you obtained at the information center and drive 6 miles to the trailhead.

Elevation: 700 feet

Ending Elevation: 50 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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Redwood National Park, California

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