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Montgomery Woods State Reserve

Follow a trail upstream along Montgomery Creek and find five separate redwood groves that have never been logged…and picnic beneath the enormous trees.

Photo Credit: Mike Ryan

Montgomery Woods State Reserve

Getting There

Montgomery Woods State Reserve -- California's most isolated redwood state park -- is located about 15 miles east of the town of Comptche. It can also be reached by traveling 13 miles west from Ukiah past Orr's Mineral Hot Springs resort. You can access it via a tiny, two-lane, curving road—an adventure itself! Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve is 14 miles from Hwy. 101 on Orr Springs Rd.
No dogs.

Things to Do

Considering a trip to Montgomery Woods? Imagine yourself there:

  • Montgomery Woods is one of the more remote of California's 31 redwood parks. It is a perfect place for a picnic, and tables are provided for that purpose.
  • You can enjoy a quiet walk among some of the tallest trees in the world. Hidden along the headwaters of Big River in the Coast Range, Montgomery Woods Trail quietly winds for 2 miles through bright green ferns and five memorial groves of magnificent 300-foot-tall coast redwoods. Get up close to these giants and see if you can spot the tallest one, topping 350 feet (about twice the height of the Statue of Liberty). A fallen redwood that's been converted to a bridge across a creek marks the trail's mid-point. Bear left to begin the return journey on a slightly more primitive path. Full details at Weekend Sherpa.

Trip Tips/Things to See

This trip is all about the redwoods! The redwoods you will see here, while walking the trail, are among the two main species of redwoods in California: Sequoia giganteum and Sequoia sempervirens.

Nearby State Parks

While you're in the area, check out these parks, too:

  • Mendocino Woodlands State Park
  • Hendy Woods State Park

More Resources

Department of Parks and Recreation: Official Park Webpage

Nonprofit Organization: Save The Redwoods League

More Fun Ideas at: Weekend Sherpa



California State Parks Foundation

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