Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Comptche

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve is a 1,323-acre state-owned park located in the Coastal Range in Mendocino County, California, United States. The Reserve occupies the headwaters of Montgomery Creek, a tributary of Big River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Mendocino Headlands State Park. The virgin groves of Coast Redwood in Montgomery Woods are examples of a now rare upland riparian meadow habitat; most other preserved redwood groves are on broad alluvial plains. The Reserve is accessed from a parking area along Orr Springs Road 13 miles west of Ukiah, California, or 15 miles east of Comptche, California. A moderately steep trail from the parking area climbs uphill along Montgomery Creek about three-quarters of a mile. Once in the grove, the trail makes a meandering three mile loop, with substantial use of boardwalks to protect the fragile forest floor. The reserve was initiated by a 9-acre donation from Robert Orr in 1945, with 765 acres donated since 1947 by the Save the Redwoods League.Between December 1996 and August 2000, the tallest tree in Montgomery Woods, named the Mendocino Tree, was the world's tallest known tree. It was displaced by the discovery of a number of taller trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and later Redwood National Park in Humboldt County. The tree is one of dozens of similar height in the grove, and was never specifically marked in order to protect the tree. Earlier well-publicized candidates for the world's tallest tree suffered damage from stresses resulting from crowds of tourists.
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  • This is not an easy place to find, but if you don't have the time to drive far north to the well known Redwood National Forest, then come here to Montgomery. The parking lot holds maybe a half-dozen c...  read more »
  • A bit of a hike but a big bang if you are into Old Growth Redwood Groves. This one is a real gem, a real sanctuary. A very peaceful place to walk and meditate. Magical hardly begins to describe it. 
  • Montgomery Woods is a state reserve of redwoods that is 13 miles West of Ukiah, Ca. The road to get there, however, is very tortuous and it will take nearly 40 minutes to get there. Redwoods are alway...  read more »
  • It's a bit of a drive to get to Montgomery Woods, but it's worth it. After a short (but fairly taxing) hike, you'll be dropped into a primeval redwood grove. These trees are massive, and there are large spaces between them, creating a cathedral-like quality. Because of its remoteness, there are rarely many other visitors here – often you'll be the only person in the entire grove, which is quite an experience.
  • This grove of ancient redwood trees is amazing. We were there just before dusk, & it was like an enormous, sacred cathedral. One of the few remaining natural wonders of the world.
  • A beautiful experience through the trees, this park was not busy at all but breathtaking nevertheless.
  • Great trails, trees and groves.
  • Magnificent Redwood groves. Worth the somewhat twisty and bumpy ride (from Ukiah) or slightly more farmed (from Comptche/Navarro). The area is dazzlingly quiet, and cool. If you take the path to the left from the parking area, you eventually reach a grove and a looping path that is fairly level and about 1 mile long. A really fabulous detour when driving through northern California.
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