Hike to Trillium Falls

Best 1-hour walk in the Redwoods

Best 1-hour Walk in Redwood National and State Parks

Located near Orick, CA this is a family-friendly hike through old-growth redwoods, maples, trillium flowers, ferns, and fir trees... with a small waterfall too! There is a good chance of seeing one of the Roosevelt elk herds that live in the area. The are some switchbacks and an elevation gain of 200-feet to reach the falls. Many rangers consider this the best walk in Redwood National and State Parks.

The trailhead is located at Elk Meadow - just off Davison Road, three miles north of Orick. There are flush toilets, picnic tables and it has plenty of parking for vehicles of any size (busses, RV's, and trailers included).

Trillium Falls is 1/2 mile from the trailhead and is a great photo stop and turn-around point. To protect the vegetation at the waterfall please stay on the hikers' bridge.

If you wish to spend more time under these giant trees, then you can do the full loop (back to the parking area) in less than 3-miles. This extra section climbs and decends several hundred feet more.
All ages are welcome.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Temperate year round. Wet in winter.
Accessibility Information
Trail is made of compact gravel, aggregate and wood. It averages about four feet wide. There is a moderate climb of 5-10% and switchbacks for 1/4 mile. Tree roots occasionally cross the trail.
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    Last updated: August 13, 2020