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Hike of the Week: Boy Scout Tree Trail

NEAR CRESCENT CITY, Calif. -- World-renowed redwood trees call the Oregon/California border home. In the Jedediah Smith State Park, there are thousands of acres of enormous trees with guests from across

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 4:06 PM

NEAR CRESCENT CITY, Calif. -- World-renowed redwood trees call the Oregon/California border home.
In the Jedediah Smith State Park, there are thousands of acres of enormous trees with guests from across the globe coming to witness the beauty.
NewsWatch 12 Sports Director Brian Schnee takes a hike on the 'Boy Scout Tree Trail' which weaves deep into one of the most intense groves of redwoods in the entire region.

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DIRECTIONS: From Grants Pass -- Take Highway 199 for roughly 70 miles to beyond the town of Gasquet. Just before the Myrtle Creek Bridge, turn left on South Fork Road. You'll immediately cross the river. Continue to a second bridge which will be under construction. Cross the bridge and bear right at the end of the bridge and continue through a residential area. The road becomes a dirt/gravel road (Howland Hill Road) that winds through large groves and passes 'Stout Grove'. Continue for roughly 3.8 miles from the initial turn after the second crossing and the 'Boy Scout Tree Trailhead' will be on your right (north).

FROM TRAILHEAD: Bug repellent recommended for hike/No pets.
Trail sign says roughly 2.8 miles to Boy Scout Tree. Pass over small bridges and take in the sights of enormous redwood trees in one of the most sizeable groves in the entire park. When at a fork in the trail (at nearly 2.8 miles) bear right up the steep switchbacks and Boy Scout Tree is immediately on your right with a sign on the tree.
To access Fern Falls, head back to the fork and continue on the trail away from the trailhead. You'll travel another .1 or so with a small creek running nearby. A final slight right turn and downhill brings you to the small cascading falls. *Note: These small, natural falls will likely dry up with changing conditions in the late summer months.

With questions about this hike or others in our region, email: BrianSchnee@kdrv.com
If you've hiked this trail or plan to hike it, please comment on Brian's facebook page: CLICK HERE.

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