Boy Scout Big Tree Trail
Boy Scout Big Tree Trail
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Racer70
Lithopolis, OH231 contributions
Aug 2021
My 12 yr. old daughter & I hiked the whole Boy Scout Big Tree Trail on August 12, 2021. The trailhead is pretty easy to get to from Crescent City and signs are present. The trailhead parking area gets congested, so the earlier the better.

There are also bathrooms, and it is recommended to use them before heading on your hike. It's also recommended to wear proper hiking shoes/boots, bringing a jacket and lots of water.

The trail is well marked and easy to follow, so you don't really have to worry about getting lost or off trail. There are generally people ahead of you or behind you, so you won't be alone for long periods of time.

The large cluster or groves of redwoods that you will encounter are not to be believed. So big and tall and everywhere you look. Bring your camera and take in this one of a kind experience that you can only find in this part of the world.

After hiking the Boy Scout Big Tree Trail, you can drive east on Howland Road and stop at the Stout Memorial Grove and hike the small loop and check out the Smith River and go across the walking bridge.
Written August 21, 2021
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Sethc12345
West Salem, WI46 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Leaving a 4 not a 5 for a few technicalities. First the sign says 2.8, gps gave 3.45. Also the trail isn’t difficult in grade but the roots and mud make it more treacherous, that’s nature😁. Beautiful groves with sunlight streaming through the canopy. The falls aren’t that impressive but it’s the end game so go the extra 1/4 mile from Boy Scout tree. The parking lot was full at 9:45 am and when we finished at 3hrs 15, it was overflowing but it doesn’t feel crowded on the trail.
Written June 9, 2022
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Cindy C
Kent, WA34 contributions
Jul 2021
Good, wide trail, some up and down but not difficult of you are prepared. We were parked by 8:30 with no problem. When we exited around 11:00 lot was full with multiple cars parked along side of narrow road.
Written August 2, 2021
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torpedo-dude
Omaha, NE53 contributions
Apr 2021
We love hiking and have two Eagle Scouts in the family, so we had to do this! It is a 6 mile roundtrip moderate hike. There are areas with moderate inclines and spots that are a little muddy. Definitely don't do this in or immediately after a rainfall Agree with previous reviewer - The trail is filled with tree roots, so you have to use extra caution. Sometimes we were looking more down than up! Road to entrance parking lot was fun to drive, but don't do it on a crowded weekend.
Written April 10, 2021
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Karen M
Chicago, IL136 contributions
Aug 2021
This is the longest trail in the park, and a good opportunity for getting close to the redwoods, but it is also long and varied enough that you see a more varied landscape - not just redwoods. Because it is a longer trail, it is not as crowded as others in the park. Get there early to make sure you have a spot to park, but the best light for photos will be later in the afternoon. Hiking early in the morning before good light can make it seem a little gloomy. The Boy Scout tree is actually on a fork off the main trail, so make sure you don't miss it.
Written September 17, 2021
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RichGTraveling
Cincinnati194 contributions
Apr 2022
This was a great hike in old growth redwoods. The Boy Scout tree is actually a very short side trail, marked by pink plastic tape, but no sign. We might have walked by if another hiker had not pointed it out. Absolutely go there, and read about it on the internet afterward.
The falls were small, but not anticlimactic in the least.
Like a lot of trails in the area, lots of roots, but overall a straightforward walk.
A must-do if you are in the area to see redwoods.
Written May 8, 2022
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Candice C
Atlanta, GA18 contributions
Feb 2020
It is a 6 miles roundtrip easy/moderate hike. There are areas with moderate inclines and spots that are super muddy. The trail is filled with tree roots, so use extra caution. At the end of the trail is a beautiful waterfall (Fern Falls). The entrance to the park was free and parking was super easy to find. I read that this trail gets really crowded but I went during a winter weekday and dodged the crowds. Saw about 10 other people on the hike the entire time, which was great.
Written February 12, 2020
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Louis S
Independence, OR63 contributions
Jun 2021
The trail takes you first to the Boy Scout redwood tree and then to the waterfalls. From the beginning of the trail, it is about 2.5 miles to the tree and just a little further to the waterfalls. The Boy Scout redwood tree is huge!
Written July 2, 2021
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Amanda
15 contributions
Sep 2021
Walking amongst these giant trees is a fantastic experience, and this trail is a great place to do it. There are plenty of places for memorable photos. And of course the Boy Scout Tree is really something to behold. You can go for a while on the trail without seeing anyone, but it's not isolated to the point where I felt nervous about being alone. Parking could be a bit of a challenge, but there are pull-out spots further along the road. I appreciated that there were outhouses at the trailhead. Great hike!
Written September 29, 2021
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Susan B
Temecula, CA88 contributions
Jun 2021
I mostly loved this hike. It was a little long being in and back. Fern falls at the end was a little anticlimactic. Boy Scout tree was a little hard to find and then hard to really see but was fun anyway. Most of the way was beautiful scenery. I took a fall, tripping over one of the thousands of roots on the path so heads up! Totally enjoyed being “lost in nature”. We were lucky, the trail wasn’t very crowded 😊
Written July 9, 2021
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