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5 Must-Do Hikes in the California Redwoods

Walk among the giants.

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It is virtually impossible to describe the feeling of hiking in the ancient redwood forests in California. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a quick list of some of the best places to chase that feeling. All you need to do is get yourself to the trailhead, put one foot in front of the other, and let these massive trees do their thing.

1. Hike the Humboldt Redwoods River Trail

Photo: Emily Kent

2. Explore Muir Woods National Monument

Photo: Katch Silva

3. Hike to Tall Trees Grove

Photo: Brian Fulda

4. Backpack Redwood National and State Parks

Photo: Austin Trigg

5. Explore Fern Canyon

Photo: Juan Moreno

Cover photo: Austin Trigg

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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