Thing to Do

Hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail

Boy Scout Tree Trail

A Moderate Hike In The North

This rewarding hike though old-growth redwoods is popular for those in the north wanting a bit of a challenge - both physically and logistically. Located in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, visitors should consider this as a half-day experience to access and then walk this 5.5 mile round trip trail. During this walk, you will follow riperean areas, see "Fern Falls" and lots of big trees.

Logistically, this is a good hiking option if you are near Crescent City with a smaller vehicle and you are unable to drive an hour south to the other longer hiking trails in the parks. Parking at the trailhead may be limited, and in summer your vehicle will get very dusty.

The shortest drive to the trailhead starts southeast of Crescent City at the Elk Valley Road. From this road you will need to take your vehicle east for 3.5 miles along the Howland Hill Road which is a dirt, windy road. Howland Hill Road is not suitable for trailers or motor homes.
3-5 Hours
Service pets are welcome.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Boy Scout Tree Trail
Winter storms and fallen trees may make Howland Hill Road unpassable. 
Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk
Accessibility Information
This is not an ADA accessible trail. It is composed of wood and aggregate and it ranges 4-6 feet wide. It climbs a couple of hundred feet with switchbacks.

Service pets are welcome.

Redwood National and State Parks

Last updated: August 30, 2021