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Boy Scout Tree Trail

A classic Redwoods hike to an enormous old growth redwood.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.1 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  This is a long and muddy hike, but the huge tree waiting at the end has been there for nearly 2000 years - so be patient and endure.

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Tips:  Watch out for the spring mud and take lots of snacks, you're going to be on the trail for a long time.

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead Signs

Well marked trailhead signs along the road.

2. Old Growth Redwoods

The beginning of old-growth redwoods - they get bigger as you go further into the forest.

3. Open Understory

In the more mature stands, you find a very open understory of ferns and sorrel.

4. Boy Scout Tree

The Boy Scout Tree (named for a famous photo of an entire troop of boy scouts standing in front of it) is just off the side of the trail.

5. Fallen Giant

If you wonder what the sound of a redwood falling the forest is, keep wondering.

If you wonder what happens when it falls, check out the damage where this giant fell across the trail in the winter of 2010-2011...