hike: Hope Creek – Ten Taypo loop

This scenic loop hike in the Redwoods National Park offers more solitude than those located closer to the Prairie Creek visitors center.

distance: 3.5 miles (roundtrip)
elevation: 575 ft. gain/loss
difficulty: easy
best season: spring, early summer
parking pass: National Park Pass
hike description: All Trails – Ten Taypo Loop

The Hike

While camping on a weeklong trip at the Elk Prairie campground, we were looking for a hike that offered more solitude than those closer to the campground. We didn’t pass anyone all day on this short hike, and it felt quite a bit more wild and jungle-like in this less traveled area.

Hope Creek – Ten Taypo loop hike

One of several “walk-through” trees. In this photo, it looks like two separate trees, but this is just a large opening at the base of one massive redwood.

Hope Creek – Ten Taypo loop hike

Lilies like these should be blooming in a few days.

Hope Creek – Ten Taypo loop hike

Check out the ferns growing on the tree burl!

Hope Creek – Ten Taypo loop hike

Redwood Sorrel is huge compared to the Woodland Sorrel I’m used to seeing in Oregon and Washington.

Hope Creek – Ten Taypo loop hike

The tree on the left had no base, just several thin strips of outer bark, but the top is whole and still alive. Redwoods are definitely resilient.

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Another fantastic bridge… this one twists and turns several times as it takes you over the creek.

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