State


California

Region


Southern Humboldt

Park

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Humboldt RSP


Nearby parks

Redwood National
& State Parks

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Grizzly Creek RSP

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Richardson Grove SP

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Dewitt Redwoods SNR

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Standish-Hickey SRA


Trails in this park

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Grieg-French-Bell Grove

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Homestead and Big Tree

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Big Tree Area

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Rockefeller Loop

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Drury-Chaney Loop

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High Rock Trail

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Bull Creek Flats

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Founders' Grove

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Stephens Grove

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Children's Forest

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Allens Trail

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Peavine Ridge Spur

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River Trail

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Cal Fed Grove

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Gould Grove

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Kent-Mather Loop

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FK Lane Trail

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Chandler Grove

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Garden Club Grove

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Dry Creek Horse Trail

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Grasshopper/Johnson Camp

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Squaw Creek Ridge

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Grasshopper Peak Trail

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Look Prairie/Peavine Ridge

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Addie Johnson Trail

 

The Addie Johnson Trail


Length 2.5 mi · Climbing 580 ft
California > Southern Humboldt County > Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Small redwoods on the Addie Johnson Trail

Background

The little-used Addie Johnson Trail starts near the Big Tree Area in Upper Bull Creek Flats. The trail quickly leaves the impressive big-tree lowlands and ascends through bright redwood uplands, then leaves the redwoods altogether just before reaching a nineteenth-century gravesite. The redwoods along this trail are small but, except for a few stumps, mostly appear to be old growth. Although the scenery isn't anything special, the hike helps to put the immense redwoods that grow along Bull Creek in context and provides a better appreciation of how special the lowland redwood groves really are.

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Part of the Trail Map of Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Redwood Hikes Press, 2017)

Hike description

Click here to see the trailhead location in Google Maps.

Start from the Big Trees Area parking lot in Upper Bull Creek Flats. Take the access road back to Mattole Road, the turn left and walk up the road a few yards to a pullout on your right (optionally, you can park in the pullout to save about a quarter mile of walking). The trail starts here. Walk up the trail a few yards to a 4-way trail intersection. The Addie Johnson Trail is the faint trail, straight ahead, that climbs gently.

Further up on the trail, a mixed redwood and Douglas-Fir grove

As the trail climbs, the impressive old-growth redwoods rapidly begin to get smaller. Within a few hundred yards the trail rounds a corner and enters a small tributary valley, and the forest changes to a redwood upland containing small redwoods amid a dense understory of huckleberry shrupbs and tanoak. A few stumps and some areas of very small trees indicate that the ravine has been logged, but the brightness of the forest and the presence of some fine-looking, decent-sized redwoods to your right suggest that at least some of the ravine is old-growth forest. Although it's more mundane-looking than the lowlands, it's still a lush, attractive forest.

The redwoods get progressively smaller and the environment gets dryer-looking as the trail climbs. Near the top, the trail crosses over as small ridge, the woods open up, and there's an obscured view over the Bull Creek valley; unfortunately, you really can't see much. The trail then runs along the edge of the woods with an open prairie off to the left. Invasive French broom sometimes clogs this part of the trail. The trail ends at the gravesite, which haas been renovated with a new fence and marker. Past the grave, an old roadbed continues to ascend through the woods, but it's no longer passable.

Near the top, the redwoods give way to oak woodland.


 

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