16 June 2022
Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Tall Trees Trail
(5 miles, +800/-800 feet).
Yesterday we got a permit to hike the Tall Trees trail in Redwood National Park. They sent us a code for a locked gate we had to drive through to get to the trailhead. But on the way, we first stopped at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove to do a short hike in the rain.
After Lady Bird Johnson, we proceeded to the main event. The Tall Trees Trail is a 4 mile loop that winds down to a grove on the banks of Redwood Creek that contains the tallest trees in the world.
The absolute tallest tree, called “Hyperion” is not in the grove on trail. It is across Redwood Creek up a nearby tributary. But between the terrain and the great number of only-slightly-shorter trees in the surroundings, it is difficult to figure out which one it actually is without GPS. So Half Cookie and I contented ourselves with exploring the trail side of the creek.
It’s a good climb to get back up to the trailhead, but it was totally worth it! I highly recommend this hike.