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Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Redwood National Park

July 6th, 2007

1.0 miles
130 vertical feet
Total Time: 1:30

Rating: 7/10

Directions: From Eureka, take 101 north past the town of Orick. Turn right onto Bald Hills Road. Drive up the road about 3 miles and park in the signed lot on the right. Parking is free.   View Driving Map


From the parking lot, the trail immediately crosses over a large footbridge over Bald Hills Road. Shortly you'll reach a box with trail guides which can be purchased for $1 or can be used and returned. There are 13 numbered markers along the trail, which correspond to items in the guide.

The trail is mostly level and easy to follow as it travels through the forest. At the one and only trail intersection, keep to the left if you want to follow the numbered trail markers in the right order. The hike is mostly a loop, and you'll end up coming back on the right fork.

Nathan in front of a burned out redwood tree

Further along, you'll see the site where the grove was dedicated to Lady Bird Johnson in 1969, a year after her husband, President Lyndon Johnson, signed the bill forming Redwood National Park. One of the highlights of the hike is the abundance of several species of wildflowers along the trail, although I must admit that it stirred up my allergies. Still, I was able to enjoy the sights of the flowers, the berries, the rhododendrons, the ferns, and of course the redwoods. There are several hollowed out redwood trunks you can stand in, and at least one where maybe only your kids can squeeze into.

Reading the sign at the dedication area

The forest

Two redwoods towering over the ferns

After trail marker 13, you'll reach the trail intersection again. Turn left to return to the parking lot after a nice peaceful hike.

Addendum: Coincidentally, just 5 days after our hike in Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Lady Bird Johnson died at the age of 94. To be honest, I hadn't even known she was still alive, but it was touching reading in the newspaper about her life after having just done the hike.


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