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Hendy Woods State Park

We left San Francisco to head up to Mendocino County to spend a couple days with family and to do some hiking. Our first hiking stop was the Hendy Woods State Park. We had some non-hikers with us, so we were happy to take an easy trail so we could all spend time together.  It was their first trip to see these giant trees.

We opted to hike a flat trail – The Upper Hendy Loop Trail – which was very flat and was about 2.5 km (1.6 miles) long. While it wasn’t a strenuous hike, it was really beautiful.

Hendy Woods State Park

Hendy Woods State Park

Big Hendy Grove - Easy Trails

Big Hendy Grove – Easy Trails

Flat Hike at Hendy State Park

The beautify foliage found on the flat hike

Uprooted Redwood

An uprooted tree helps show the massiveness of these giants.

Glorious Redwood Tree

Ubiquitous upshot of a redwood.

Info Sign at Hendy Woods State Park

Very busy info sign – luckily we didn’t find an wild cats during our trek.

This was my first redwood experience ever on foot. I drove through the redwoods about 20 years ago, but didn’t stop and hike, I had places to go and people to see.  I would highly recommend this hike for all fitness levels. You get to see so much of the beauty of the region with almost no physical exertion.

Have you hiked Hendy Woods State Park before? What do you think of this trail? It was utterly dead when we were there, only coming across a single other group of travelers. So sad that more people weren’t experiencing the beauty on this long holiday weekend.


  1. AJ says:

    Nice for you to have the place to yourselves though. Around me I have the opposite problem- the trails are like a downtown sidewalk.

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