Stout Grove Trail
Stout Grove Trail
Location: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte County, CA
Miles: 0.6 miles
Duration: 0 – 1 hours
Users: Hikers only. Wheelchair access. No dogs, horses, or bikes
Features: Redwood forest, The Stout Tree – the largest tree in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Smith River located a few minutes walk from the Stout Tree, kid-friendly
The trail is a .6 mile loop, wide, well-indicated, and has countless opportunities for great snaps. The hike starts with a steep downhill but flattens out the rest of the way. The trail’s location is out of sight from the usual tourist routes and busy highway, elevating the intimacy you have with nature and it’s rhythms leaving you into an exceptionally peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
However, some traffic noise may subtly be heard for its approximately a quarter-mile away and sometimes worsens during weekdays or when it is winter, where trees are not able to prevent the noise.
Stout Grove has one of the most picturesque displays of redwoods where you can admire all of its glory, especially on a sunny afternoon. Some mosquitos may be present in the summertime, so a bug repellant is recommended.
Overall, it is a quick hike with lush greenery and is exceptionally peaceful.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Bring a bug repellant
Be prepared for some mosquito action! Shoo away those lurking insects and fully enjoy the experience without any distractions.
2) Plan ahead
If you want to immerse yourself with nature and don’t want any outside noise to be sure to plan the time you visit and what agenda you have.
3) Take some photos
Remembering a majestic sight in the woods isn’t enough that’s why you need to bring your camera! Sharing what you’ve seen will not just encourage others to get close to nature. It’s also good to relive the experience again through photographs.
Don’t have a camera? A mirrorless digital camera like the Sony Alpha a6000 would be a great choice.