Tall Trees Trail
Before applying for a Tall Trees Trail permit, we want to make sure it meets your needs, physical abilities, and time-frame. The Tall Trees Trail is not the only place in the park to see tall trees, there are many other great hiking options in the redwoods that don't require a permit and take less time out of your day. Going to Tall Trees will take at least 4 hours out of your day, this includes driving and hiking round-trip. The Tall Trees Trail is a 4.5-mile round-trip hike that is classified as moderate to strenuous. This is due to the steep drop going into the grove and climb returning to your vehicle, the trail drops 800 feet in the first 1.5 miles.
Tall Trees Permit FAQs
As a very popular grove with a small parking lot and long access road, Tall Trees Trailhead permits serve many purposes.
There will be several options of permits available to visitors.
Visitors can reserve permits 180 days in advance.
After booking your permit you be given the option to save this event on your calendar (from the booking website) and will also immediately receive and email confirmation. Please check your spam/junk folder if you don’t see this email in your primary inbox. This email will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org Redwood National & State Parks.
Your permit with the Tall Trees gate code will be send to you 24 hours before your hiking time.
Please read this confirmation email thoroughly as it will pertain important information to help you plan your visit.
After reading your confirmation email, and visiting the permits page on https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm, if you still have questions, you are welcome to visit any of the Visitor Center locations within Redwood National and State Parks. You are also welcome to call (707) 464-6101 (general park information line) but please be advised that this phone number is not always staffed and your best place for information regarding your permit will be either the email confirmation or website.
Yes, you can cancel or change your existing permit using the email confirmation you receive immediately after booking your permit. Please save this email.
This permit allows you to park at the Tall Trees Trailhead.
Please just put 'rental car' in your Tall Trees application or your personal vehicle information. We do not require you to update your vehicle information.
Vehicle information is taken as a statistics and safety precaution for law enforcement and emergency services.
No. Your permit allows you access for your entire time slot. Please be mindful of your time and make sure you are staying within your correct time.
Example - I booked the 8am half-day permit! I can show up at 9am, complete my hike, and head to my next adventure! I will make sure to be out of the Tall Trees Trailhead by 12pm.
Please check out our backcountry camping page.
If you would like to park at the Tall Trees Trailhead to access the gravel bar, 44 Camp, or Elam Camp, you need to reserve a parking permit in addition to the backcountry permit. Book multiple all-day Tall Trees Permits by selecting 'Add a Time' during the application process.
If there are no Tall Trees permits available, you are welcome to park at other designated backcountry parking areas including Redwood Creek Trailhead, Orick Horse Trailhead, or Dolosan Prairie Trailhead.
Last updated: September 1, 2022