First of all, I should say that no photograph can really do justice to the grandeur or the sheer immensity of the California redwoods – they must be seen in person. And there’s no better place to see these giants than at Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, considered by many to be the most scenic stand of redwoods in the world.
Although the giant sequoias of the Sierras are older, and have larger base diameters, the coast redwoods are still the tallest trees on the planet. They can grow up to heights of nearly 380 feet, which is roughly 70 feet higher than the tallest sequoia.
According to landmarktrees.net, the tallest tree in Stout Grove is known as Jedediah Smith, and is 342 feet in height. The largest tree we saw during our hike required 27 steps for me to walk around the base of the tree. That probably equals a circumference of roughly 65-70 feet!
Redwood National and State Parks. The combined parks, now a World Heritage Site, contain almost 132,000 acres, and protect roughly 45% of all the remaining coast redwoods. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, named after the first white man to explore the interior of northern California, protects more than 10,000 of those acres.
Trail: Stout Grove
RT Distance: 0.6 Miles
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Max Elevation: 130 feet
TH Location: Near Hiouchi, CA
Map: Redwood National and State Parks Trails Illustrated Map
Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks offers details on more than 60 hikes in five renowned northern California parks - from half-hour to half-day, with camping and park facilities information. This guide is devoted to the best hikes in Redwood National Park as well as Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith and Humbolt Redwoods State Parks. The book also includes a handy quick-guide for selecting hikes by difficulty, mileage and features (flowers, water, views, etc.).