Redwood Grove Hike Guide (Carbon Canyon – Brea)
|In This Guide|
|Total Distance (?)||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Hike Time||1 Hour (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||50 feet (15m)|
|Highest Elevation||430 feet (131m)|
|Fees & Permits||Entry Fee|
|Alerts & Closures (?)||Carbon Canyon Regional Park|
|Weather & Forecast||Latest Conditions|
|Stay Safe||Copy this webpage link to the clipobard and share with a friend before you hike. Let them know when to expect you back.|
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.
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.
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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Black Diamond Cosmo 300 Headlamp
If something goes wrong and you get lost, sprain your ankle, or get delayed, you might be caught out after dark. And one of the top items that search and rescue departments recommend you carry is a light. Smartphones can work as flashlights, but that drains the battery quickly. It’s better to invest in a reasonably priced and high-quality headlamp like this Black Diamond. It takes AAA batteries, can last 200 hours, and has an emergency strobe. Carry it with you off the trail to use in emergencies as well.
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Redwood Grove Trail Maps
Explore Map on CalTopoView a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File
If you try to download the GPX file and your browser adds a “.txt” or “.xml” extension to it, simply rename it as a “.gpx” file.
How Are You Going to Navigate This Hike?
Here’s what I use. If you are a hardcore hiker and/or hike in extreme conditions, I recommend getting a dedicated GPS like a GPSMAP 66sr or 66i, or a wrist-based GPS with maps like the Garmin Fenix 7 or Epix. If you only hike in fair weather and a touchscreen is fine, or just want a solid tool, I highly recommend downloading the smartphone app, Gaia GPS. It’s a piece of cake to use and very powerful, just make sure your phone is in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get a big discount here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.
The Redwood Grove Story
- When the oil ran dry in Olinda, the area was cleaned up and Carbon Canyon Regional Park was created in 1975.
- When the park first opened, 100 Redwood seeds were planted at the grove. The seeds were left over from a bank promotion giving them out to customers opening accounts.
- The trees, usually found in the wet and nutrient-rich soils of Northern California, won’t normally grow this far south. The grove area was selected because it’s low and attracts the most moisture and fog. The grove has a man-made irrigation system that waters the trees five days a week.
- When the trees were originally planted, it was thought that they would grow to their normal height of about 350 feet (higher than the Statue of Liberty). However, the challenging Southern California climate has kept the trees under 100 feet. They’re still impressive and majestic.
Orange County Redwood Grove Hike Directions
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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.
The Redwood is the California state tree.
This guide last updated on September 15, 2021. Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.