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Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve/Ukiah

Pros: Walk Amongst the tallest trees in the world
Cons: You feel small here
Best For: People who like trees

Montgomery Woods

Montgomery Woods is amazing. Five never been logged, virgin redwood groves are connected by a 3-mile loop path along Montgomery Creek. The original groves, nine acres of forest, was donated by Robert Orr, in 1945. There are now over 2700 acres of protected land, thanks also to the Save the Redwoods League.

Of the 31 redwood parks in California, Montgomery Woods is perhaps the least accessible...13 miles from Ukiah on a twisty turny road, and much farther if you're coming from the west and Mendocino, which makes it less visited than other redwood parks. Come on a weekday and you will encounter very few people along the trail.

The park contains two kinds of redwood trees. The taller of the two is the Coast Redwood, or Sequoia Sempervirens. The oldest and most massive, is the Sierra Redwood, Sequoia Giganteum. And beneath the canopy of tall trees, ferns flourish along with wild iris and trillium, which blooms in early Spring. Trillium is a perennial plant, the emblem and official flower of the Canadian province of Ontario.

Bring rain gear and good shoes for wet walking. Then you will be assured of being comfortable in this primeval-looking forest.

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve
Orr Springs Road
Ukiah, Ca. 95482
Park Phone: 707.937.5804
Open For Day Use Daily
Directions From San Francisco:
Take Golden Gate Bridge onto Hwy 101 and drive approx 2 hours, just north of Ukiah
Exit on North State Street
Head Briefly north (away from downtown)
Turn west onto Orr Springs Road
Parking Lot is marked, approx. 13.5 miles driving on Orr Springs Road

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