Carbon Canyon Redwood Hike Guide Brea
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Hikes In and Around Orange County

Redwood Grove Hike Guide (Carbon Canyon - Brea)

  • 1.5 miles - Easy Effort
  • 1 Hour (Total)
  • 50 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 430 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

It's an easy hike to visit Southern California's largest Redwood Grove, located in Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The Redwood grove, while not as majestic as those in Northern California, is still impressive. You'll be able to wander in the shade of over 200 Redwoods, which would not survive in the hot, dry Southern California climate without the loving attention of OC Parks. It's a great hike that's easy for families and beginners.

In this Guide:
  • Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions to the Carbon Canyon Redwood Grove
  • How to Get to the Carbon Canyon Regional Park
  • Insider Tips and Recommendations for the Hike

This is a popular hike. Come as early as possible for the best experience.

Where is the Orange County Redwood Grove?

The Redwood Grove is tucked away in a corner of Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Use this address for the park:
Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823

There is a fee to enter the park.

Redwood Grove Carbon Canyon Parking
When you enter the park, drive down to the large south parking lot.
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There's a massive dirt parking lot for the Redwood Grove hike. On nice days it can get full.

There are bathrooms and water fountains throughout the park. There's also a water fountain at the Redwood grove.

Gear For the Hike

This hike is short and flat. Wear comfortable shoes and casual fitness clothes. It can get very hot and dusty on the way to the grove. If you get thirsty, there is a water fountain at the start of the grove.

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Redwood Grove Trail Maps

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The trail is well marked with these posts leading you to the Redwood Grove.
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Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

The Redwood Grove Story

Redwood Grove Olinda Historic
Today there is a scenic and serene Redwood grove. In 1890, the area of the park was a booming oil town named "Olinda," seen here in 1900. So, unlike most of Orange County, which went from scenic lands to development, the area at Carbon Canyon Regional Park did the opposite, from oil town to parkland. There is hope... Photo SoCa Digitization Project

Orange County Redwood Grove Hike Directions

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The trail starts at the end of the big parking lot on the right.
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The trailhead is well marked. Read any posted notices at the trailhead.
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At the first big intersection, hike left into Coyote Pass.
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Here's the sign at that junction. Head through Coyote Pass, which sounds more epic than it really is.

In the distance is Carbon Canyon Dam, opened in 1961, which handles overflow and flooding from the Santa Ana River drainage system. The dam is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which also leases the Redwood Grove area to OC Parks.

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Coyote Pass is a short stretch that crosses the (99% of the time dry) Carbon Canyon Creek.
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Make the right after Coyote Pass.
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Hike as the trail meanders down to the left.
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At the trail junction, hike left.
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And then you'll see the Redwoods poking above the surrounding trees.
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And then you reach the grove. Some people walk up the road and then come back through, but I find it nicer to head into the grove and come back the same way.
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There's a water fountain at the entrance.
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And here you are, the Redwood grove! Hike up the path through the fences.

The Redwood is the California state tree.

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Immediately you'll feel the coolness that the shade provides.
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Cross the clearing to continue through the other side of the grove.
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And then there's more Redwood trees to enjoy!
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When the trail ends at the road, turn around and head back the way you came.
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You'll notice signs at the end for photography areas. This is a popular spot for engagement photoshoots (which require a permit).
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And as you head back, if you get lost, look for trail signs toward the picnic area, which is where you started.

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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
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