Humbolt Redwoods State Park

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General Information

Humbodt Redwoods State Park is located in Northern California, along the Eel River. The gigantic Mendocino National Forest is located to the east of Humbolt Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Ocean and its coastline are located to the west of the park.

As the park's name suggests, one of the greatest attractions of the park, and what makes it really special, are the giant Coastal Redwood trees that make up much of the forested areas of the park.

Compared to the enormous Mendocino National Forest just to its east, the Humbolt Redwoods Park may not seem that big, but in fact, it is quite a large park that spans over 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of old-growth coast redwoods.

The special thing about the redwoods here is that they are old-growth. These trees have not been touched for sometimes a thousand years and are the true giants that are amazing to see.


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 in the forest is a treat. There are about 100 miles of trails so you can make single-day or multi-day trips and still will probably not cover all the trails at the park.

If you are hiking in hot and sunny weather, keep in mind that the big redwoods provide natural sun shade. The extra shade will keep you cool and fresh on your hikes and you won't be in as much danger of getting sun burned.


There are approximately 100 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails at the park. Some of the trails are hiking-only as hikers often do not like to share the trails with cyclists who tend to ride fast behind the hikers, taking away from the experience of solitude and peace in the forest.

Climate and Weather

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The redwood trees of many parks throughout Northern California have a very similar history. After the end of the gold rush, there began another rush that was sometimes called "Green Gold." The green gold rush was the systematic cutting down of local forests, largely of Coastal Redwoods, in order to sell the high-quality wood as building materials.

Many saw mills were established in areas that today are national and state parks. At the turn of the 20th century, conservationists and scientists began raising alarms about the rates at which the redwood forests were being cut down.

With the help of laws signed by Theodore Roosevelt, individuals and organizations were able to save the forests from being cut down.

In 1921 Save the Redwoods League dedicated the first few patches of the forest to what later grew to become the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Many of the original, old-growth redwoods were saved and today the park contains a diverse coast redwood ecosystem, which includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, and the entire Bull Creek watershed.




The Coastal Redwoods are the treats of the park when it comes to trees. These redwoods only grow along the Pacific Ocean coastline in Northern California. The reason they can only thrive here is due to the climate created by the Pacific Ocean.

These trees need over a thousand gallons of water every day. They get their water supply from a number of sources:
1) Coastal fog that comes in daily from the Pacific Ocean
2) Small Creeks throughout redwood forests
3) Rainfall

During the dry seasons, which in Northern California are about 5 months long, the trees depend on the fog to supply them with water.

Currently, scientists are raising an alarm about the heating ocean temperatures. With hotter ocean temperatures, there is less fog produced by the ocean, meaning that the redwood trees may not be able to get as much moisture from the fog as they do now.


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Camping Possibilities

The park has over 250 camp sites at different spots of the park. The lush and thick redwood forests are a pretty unique and amazing places to wake up in, and go on a hike from there.

For exact pricing and availability, and possible closures, please contact the park representatives as they have the most up to date information.

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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.

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Past Hikes

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 94.7 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 | 94.7 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.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | 82.4 km away

Date: Friday, 6-7-2013

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....