Hike through the Founder's Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park

1.3 miles  - Loop Trail

Added by Jake Young

Explore one of the most quintessential coastal redwood groves in California.

The Founder's Grove is easily accessed from Highway 101 in northern California. The grove is also on the Avenue of the Giants Scenic Highway. This area, named after the founders of the Save the Redwoods League, is flat and has a relatively open understory making it one of the most picturesque groves in California. 

The hike starts in the parking lot and meanders through the towering redwoods. There are a few different loop options throughout the grove that will take you to notable trees like the Founders Tree and the Dyerville Giant (a massive fallen redwood that used to be one of the tallest in the world.) There also is a self-guided nature tour with brochures available at the beginning of the trail. 

This grove is best visited earlier in the morning during the summer months or during the winter. Visiting during the winter ensures smaller crowds and a lush landscape due to the seasonal rains. 



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Beautiful spot

One of the easiest ways to really appreciate the scale of the redwoods. The scale of these trees is simply incredible.

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