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Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Ukiah

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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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  • Beautiful old growth redwood forest. Giant ferns, great seclusion. The longest 13 mile drive you'd ever take. We were in no hurry and had nobody in the back seat. Road would not be good for car sick c...  more »
  • My hiking buddy & I had a wonderful time at Montgomery woods state reserve. Since we went in May, it may have been too early for maintenance of the trail. The trail head had a nice map of a forest loo...  more »
  • A soul cleansing hike through old growth Redwoods. Some of the tallest trees in the world are on this relatively easy hike. Layer up and have decent walking shoes.  more »
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  • Great park for a short hike... pay attention to your distance traveled as there are clearly paths that are much longer in distance than the 'loop' which isn't on any state park maps. Lots of mosquitoes too. The trees are beautiful so if you are in the area its worth a trip; not sure its worth a trip if you aren't already around.
  • The most amazing, natural, easy to walk yet raw nature forest experience you can have. I've been to many redwood forests and parks, this is the absolute top! It's low-maintenance without the masses of people and craziness of a Muir Woods. The trees are bigger, more impressive. Some groves do feel like you are entering sacred space and connecting with Gaia. There are a couple of uphills at the start and some up/down in the middle of the trail, so it's not "easy" for older folks or those with disabilities. However, for the average city dweller, or families with kids, this is a dream and very easy to do.
  • Place is absolutely amazing and awesome. So quiet. Because of its isolation there's not huge crowds. Downside is the toilet there is really gross. Not much parking and dogs are not allowed.
  • Went on January 14, 2017. Many parts of the reserve and trail were flooded. It was gorgeous, however couldn't experience the whole trail because of the water.
  • Truly incredible. Drove 2.5 hours up from San Francisco to check out this preserve on the recommendation of a friend and let me tell you... this place is hella cool (as the locals would say). Talk about serenity and connecting with nature.