Boy Scout Tree Trail is a 3 mile long trail in northern California’s Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. The trail starts on Howland Hill Road and goes on a plain through a beautiful old growth forest. It then drops into Jordan Creek drainage and goes further to end at a less than spectacular waterfall near the western border of the park. A spur path close to the end of the trail takes you to a large tree known as Boy Scout Tree.
Trailhead is on Howland Hill Road, a narrow dirt road though the forest as shown on the map. In dry conditions, the road is passable by any car.
|Hike Length||6.1 miles Roundtrip|
|Highest Elevation||535 ft|
|Lowest Elevation||120 ft|
From Howland Hill Road Trailhead, the trail heads northwest through an old growth forest slowly going up in elevation.
After a high point, the trail begins to descend rather steeply into Jordan Creek drainage.
A large tree and its huge base.
A very short spur path goes up steeply to Boy Scout Tree (See my hiking poles for scale, hard to take a picture of a tree several hundred feet tall).
The trail ends at this water cascade.