Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Use the park page to learn about local hiking, nature, trailheads, trail and route maps, and groups that meet here. If you know something about this area. Please feel welcome to write about it here.

General Information

Standish-Hikcey Recreation Area is a relatively small park located in Northern California, west of the large Mendocino Forest, and just east of the Pacific Ocean coastline to the west.

There are a number of popular recreational activities at the park such as camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the Eel River.


We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

We currently do not have any record of good routes in this park.


Hiking at the park changes with conditions. The Eel River is prone to become overfilled with water during the rain seasons. When that happens, the water spills over to the trails, making many patches of the trails impossible to pass. If you plan to hike here during late Fall, Winter, or early Spring, it is a good idea to call the park and inquire about availability of the trails and whether there are any closures.


One very popular trail at the park among fans of Redwood trees is the Grove Trail which leads through patches of remaining redwood trees.

There are two other popular trails at the park: Big Tree Trail which is a 2-mile loop, and Mill Creek Trails which is a 6 mile loop.

Climate and Weather

Caught exception: String could not be parsed as XML

Northern California does not have all seasons. Instead, the climate is shaped largely by the Pacific Ocean which brings in winds, fog, and ever-changing weather. If you are hiking or camping in the park, dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing to changing weather conditions.

Summer months are dry season in the area and there isn't much rain. But late Fall, Winter, and early Spring tend to have lots of rainfall, so make sure you are prepared for that.


The Standish-Hickey was originally meant to be a campground only. The area was acquired as a campground by the Save-the-Redwoods League in 1922. Over time, there were additional patches of land that were added to Standish-Hickey. A substantial addition was made in the late 1950s, when the park gained about 500 acres which were donated by the Standish family.

Earlier during the 20th century and during the late 19th, this area was part of the general gold rush, which happened nearly all over what is now the west part of Northern California. After the gold rush, there was a rush to cut down the amazing redwood trees and sell them as building materials. Many saw mills were created throughout the area.

The park gets its name from Edward Ritter Hickey, son of a local mill worker who died of influenza while caring for the victims of the epidemic of 1918.


Thanks for the Eel River that runs through Standish-Hickey, the area is popular for fishing of Steelhead and Salmon.



The park is home to the Captain Miles Standish Tree, a 225-foot tall, 13-feet-in-diameter giant redwood tree, estimated to be 1,200 years old. The tree is named after the Standish family, who along with the Hickey family, donated much of the land that today makes up the park.


Other Plants

Camping Possibilities

The area was originally designated as a campground only.

Other Information


Driving Directions

The park is accessible via Highway 101, 1.5 miles north of Leggett, CA.

Start Your Own Hiking Group Plan a Hike

Park Map

Photos From This Park

Upload Park Photos

So far there are no photos which have been uploaded from this park. You can be the first!

Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

Group Name: BPLrs of Humboldt

Group Description: Looking for others to hike with that are interested in lightweight/ultralight backpacking, and participate online at Backpackinglight.com 8-15 mile days. Lost Coast, King Range, Trinity Alps and beyond.

Group Name: Sonoma County Wanderers

Group Description: This is a hiking group for the intermediate hiker! For a hiker that enjoys a relaxed pace, conversation, picture taking and the journey as much as the destination. We usually do between 4 and 10 miles with moderate elevation gain.
Come join us!

Upcoming Hikes

There are no upcoming hikes. Be the first to start one!

Past Hikes

Backpack Photography Trip to Snow Mtn.Wilderness 6/17-18-19 | 64.3 km away

Date: Friday, 6-17-2011

Description: Weather-permitting we will see abundant wildflowers, star-filled night skies, full moon.\\r\\nHike from Summit Spring Trailhead in the Mendocino National Forest through the Snow Mountain Wilderness. 4 miles and about 2,000 feet elevation gain to the Summit Basin campsite. About 2 more miles and a few hundred more feet elevation to reach the East summit. Friday night - night sky photo opportunity. Saturday explore the mountain and photograph the wildflowers. Break camp about 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning to be back in the Bay Area before dark.

Paddle Lake Sonoma | 84.2 km away

Date: Sunday, 6-26-2011

Description: *** UPDATE: I have 20 people coming so far. *** This is a 10 mile round trip paddle, from Yorty Creek to the end of the Dry Creek Arm, where we'll pull up to a beach and have a picnic. Then we'll do a 2 mile round trip hike to the waterfall and go for a swim. You need to bring your own canoe or kayak, meet at Yorty Creek boat ramp at 9:30. There may be a launch fee. We will start paddling by 10:00. Last year it took us about 2 hrs to get to the lunch spot. No carpools since we have to transport our boats, but do catch a ride with a friend if you can. If you enjoy paddling and have your own kayak check out the Petaluma Paddlers. They are a very active and friendly bunch. Please bring lunch, plenty of water, a snack, and sun protection. Wear layers, it may be cool in the morning but it's going to warm up to 85 degrees. You'll want to go swimming, we'll probably swim in the lake and at the waterfall. Wear shoes or sandals suitable for wading and making the 2 mile round trip h ....

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 86.3 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-23-2011

Description: Get a chance to gain a solid foundation of backpacking skills while exploring lush meadows, alpine lakes, glacier fed creeks, and awe-inspiring mountains. The hiking itinerary is manageable, so we can enjoy ourselves in this gorgeous alpine environment! Go to: http://roamthewoods.com/Trinity.html for more details or www.roamthewoods.com

Girlfriend Getaway: Lassen Volcanic National Park Week Long Backpacking Adventure | 86.3 km away

Date: Saturday, 9-17-2011

Description: Come join us for the week in Lassen National Park. The southernmost portion of the Cascade Range will be our classroom for the week. Enjoy solitude and camaraderie in a back country few wander into, while reveling in the awe-inspiring geologic features Lassen is home to. Please contact the organizer for more details or visit www.roamthewoods.com.