Shelter Cove is a great base camp for some of the most incredible hiking in California. A great day trip from the Cove is drive about 30 miles to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The famous Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile portion of Highway 101 the cuts through some of the most impressive Redwoods on the planet. You can definitely enjoy the beauty right from your car window, but there are several hikes in the area that will make the experience one to remember.
The Eel River also runs down the heart of The Avenue of Giants making for some amazing scenes and places to jump in the river to cool off.
Directions from the Cove
Continue on Shelter Cove Rd.
9.1 mi- Continue onto Briceland Rd - 12.2 mi
Turn left onto Redwood Dr- 1.8 mi
Redwood Dr turns right and becomes Dean Creek Rd - 262 ft
Turn left to merge onto US-101 N- 3.3 mi
Take exit 645 for Avenue of the Giants/State Route 254 toward Hooker Creek Road/Phillipsville- 0.2 mi
Merge onto CA-254 N/Avenue of the Giants
The Avenue of the Giants Continues North for about 30 miles
* A great loop trip from Shelter Cove
1. Stop at Founders Grove for 1/2 hike. This is about 20 miles north of where you get on the 101 from the cove
2. Then head west on Matole Rd and stop at
Map of Humboldt State Park
This is an easy half mile hike through the redwoods and is about 21 miles up the 101 from Shelter Cove. You can combine the Mahan loop to make the hike a little longer at 1.3 Miles
Avenue of Giants- From the Founders Grove, your next stop is a couple miles west to the Rockefeller Grove. The thoise is is a nice stop, as you are off the highway road n
Head northeast on CA-254 N toward Dyerville Loop Rd 0.3 mi- Turn left onto Bull Creek Flats Rd 0.4 mi- Continue onto Lower Bull Creek Flats Rd1.1 mi- Turn left to stay on Lower Bull Creek Flats Rd
Avenue of Giants- Continue on Matole road for about 7 miles to the Big Tree loop. This hike will take you to Big Tree, the largest, most impressive redwood in the world.
Check out this great video of our trip from Shelter Cove to visit the Avenue of the Giants avenue of giants