If you are driving on HWY199 between Crescent City and Hiouchi, this easy and level walk is a good option for those short on time, or energy. The loop trail is 0.8 mile (1/2 km) long. Be aware that there is no parking for recreational vehicles or vehicles with trailers.
Located in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, this trail takes you around redwood groves, creeks, nurse logs, ferns, hemlocks, huckleberries and a wide variety of other forest features and creatures. Interpretive wayside panels on the trail provide information on the natural and cultural history of the area.
You can access the trailhead by taking the Walker Road exit off HWY 199 - this is a sharp turn to the north. There are yellow pedestrian crossing signs on HWY 199 going both ways before this turn off. For some drivers it is a sudden, hidden turn-off. After the turn-off, it is another 0.1 mile up Walker Road before you get to the trailhead on your right.
The Simpson-Reed loop connects into a second, optional half-mile loop trail: The Peterson Memorial Trail.
- We recommend you purchase and use a good map and trail guide for your adventures in Redwood National and State Parks. Don’t rely on online maps when you are here.
- To protect the habitats, leave no trace also means staying on the developed trail. Please don’t go off-trail and make any new trails. These forests grow by the inch, and will die by your foot.
- To protect the wildlife (and you and other visitors), pets are not allowed on park trails.
- Cell coverage is very limited and cannot be relied on in an emergency. Have a plan for checking in and checking out with a friend when you are here.