This hike includes some of the best redwood groves in RNP. It begins with a short loop past a small waterfall on the west side of the Prairie Creek valley. It then crosses the valley, passing a wetland frequented by birds and elk, and climbs 1200 feet up the east side of the valley through old-growth forest on the newest trail in the park to the famous (and often crowded) Lady Bird Johnson Grove, where the park was dedicated by the grove’s namesake. Don’t be put off by the initial steepness of the ascent; the first half mile is the worst. The trees at the top are unusually large for an upland site and the weather is often very different from that in the valley.
Redwood National and State Parks: 707-465-7765 (Kuchel Visitor Center)