Grove of Titans

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Located near Crescent City, CA, the Grove of Titans is home to a towering grove of ancient coastal redwoods that include some of the world’s tallest trees. Officially opened to the public in May of 2022, the Grove of Titans features a raised walkway that allows visitors to experience this incredible section of forest while protecting the delicate understory and shallow root system that had been damaged by years of off-trail activity. The Titaneers, a group of volunteer interpreters and monitors, play a critical role in the continued preservation of the Grove of Titans’ delicate ecosystem by keeping visitors on the trail, providing important information on trail conditions, preventing vandalism, and so much more. Email to sign up or for more information.

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The Grove of Titans’ Story

Revealing The Grove of Titans: A Journey of Conservation and Renewal by Redwood Parks Conservancy and Partners

Deep in the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park lies a grove of ancient redwood trees named for their remarkable size – the Grove of Titans. Known by indigenous people for centuries, the group of trees was re-discovered by researchers in the 1990’s. The grove is a magnificent stand of ancient redwoods containing some of the world’s tallest trees.

With no direct access, this sacred grove was kept relatively hidden for many years until the location was posted online in 1998. Visitors in search of these elusive old-growth trees created informal “social trails”, which damaged the forest floor (e.g., trampled vegetation, stripped bark at the bases of trees, compacted soil and exposed redwood roots), threatening the long-term survival of the grove itself.

Additionally, these unplanned trails caused soil erosion and corresponding runoff affecting streams where Coho salmon and steelhead trout live, feed and spawn.

By joining forces, Redwood Parks Conservancy, Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks and the National Park Service have been working to protect this sensitive habitat while creating a memorable experience for visitors.

The renewed Mill Creek Trail and the elevated walkway in the Grove of Titans is now OPEN to the public and visitors from all over the world will be able to gaze up into the canopy of the grove, reclaiming its sacredness.

Highlights from the Grove of Titans Initiative

The Grove of Titans project included:

  • Conducting a visitor usage study that will inform enhancement of the visitor experience
  • Installing a 1,300-foot long elevated walkway that connects to the existing Mill Creek Trail
  • Removing unofficial social trails and restoring impacted areas in and around the grove
  • Installing visitor services and amenities, including ADA accessible parking and restrooms on Howland Hill Road
  • Developing interpretive programming and materials that provide information about the grove’s history and redwood ecosystem while encouraging visitors to stay on designated trails

Support the Grove of Titans conservation efforts

Donors to Redwood Parks Conservancy and Save the Redwoods League have successfully raised the funds necessary for the project, however, the work is not over. Redwood Parks Conservancy has committed to providing on-going funding to maintain the trails and, most importantly, education for visitors to tread respectfully on all trails and leave no trace. We are working on having a uniformed presence of volunteers who will help visitors understand why their photographs taken off trail or while standing on the trees are not as important as the forest itself. This volunteer group, the “Titaneers” will serve this need by regularly engaging with the public and being the eyes and ears of the grove.

The Grove of Titans still needs us. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the Grove of Titans Fund (scroll to the bottom of page)–either as a one-time gift, an ongoing donation or as a lasting legacy. Thank you so much for your support!

Former California State Parks Deputy Superintendent, Brett Silver, points out visible damage to the base of an ancient tree caused by off-trail hiking including stripped bark and understory, exposed tree roots, and compacted soil.

Photo courtesy of Max Forster

A previous social trail wove through the Grove of Titans. Social trails are so heavily used, they are difficult to distinguish from official park trails.

Photo courtesy of Max Forster.

Signs along the nearby Mill Creek trail direct visitors to stay on trail and read, “Your footsteps damage the redwood forest”.

Photo courtesy of Max Forster

The Grove of Titans contains a dense collection of massive redwoods. When there was no trail access to the grove, these ancient trees were frequently visited by off-trail hikers.  

Photo courtesy of Max Forster

Entrance to the Grove of Titans and Mill Creek trail off Howland Hill Road

Visit our partners at Save the Redwoods League for additional info on the Grove of Titans project. Save the Redwoods League

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