Lost Man in Tall Trees

5 Star Route

Note: This is a 5 Star Route, meaning that it is a highly curated, premier riding route.

This is a hike and bike route. Not hike-a-bike! But rather … bike-hike-bike. What??!!!!

Yep, ride your bike to a hard to access hiking trailhead. Do the hike. Hop back on your bike, and ride back to the start.

The Tall Trees Grove hike – a commonly featured hike in travel magazines and blogs – within Redwood National park is not easy to access. To get to the trailhead by car, you need to get a permit, unlock & then re-lock the gate, descend a narrow, winding gravel road, do the hike and then drive the road out and open & lock the gate (again!!).

With a bike, a lock, hiking shoes and some fortitude you can do the whole thing with a lot less hassle. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Tootsie Roll Wrapper: 43 miles / 5100 ft gain (excluding the hike)
– Surface: ~ 60% gravel, 15% (wide) single track, 25% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Northern California (Coast)
– Published: April 2020


Moderate+. Due to elevation gain / distance ratio exceeding 1.0.

When we like to ride this …

Our preference, is outside of the tourist season on a sunny day. Spring can be particularly beautiful.

The Start

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park visitor center.
Lat / Long:  41.363839, -124.023014


Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

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