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Are there any good loops or trails that'd be good for a tame two night backpacking trip in Redwood NP? Want to see some awesome groves of Redwoods... without the mass of tourists.  

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The backcountry camping in Redwood is with designated sites:
http://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/backcountry-campsites.htm
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Are there any good loops or trails that'd be good for a tame two night backpacking trip in Redwood NP? Want to see some awesome groves of Redwoods... without the mass of tourists.  

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The classic loop is the Miner's Ridge, Gold Bluffs Beach and James Irvine Trails. That's just one night though and the site is closed for the season. Hard to do 2 night trips there now that they've closed a couple of the campgrounds so I think you'll be stuck with some day hikes if you're going in winter.

I found this site to be quite helpful in planning our trip. You can view that report if you'd like. We also camped on Redwood Creek, which is the only place you can do dispersed camping, but it's not recommended in winter and early spring either.
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The classic loop is the Miner's Ridge, Gold Bluffs Beach and James Irvine Trails.

If you're a stickler for semantics, this is actually in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  The only tame (very tame) backpacking loop I can think of in Redwood National Park is to park at the Tall Trees Grove Trailhead and head down to Redwood Creek on the Emerald Ridge trail.  

Dispersed camp on Redwood Creek and walk down the creek to the Tall Trees Grove and head back to the parking lot.  It's a really short loop.

A much longer loop would be to go from Bald Hills Rd up the creek trail for 8 miles to the tall trees.  You could come back the next day (out and back, not a loop) or you could head up the horse trails to 44 camp and Elam Camp (both crappy) through "not yet 2nd growth" forest.  Don't leave a car here as it will likely get broken into.

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I've done part of the Orick Horse trail on foot as shown on this brochure:

Redwood State and National Parks- Horseback Riding

Stayed at Elam Camp and 44 Camp in March a few years ago.  Some nice trees along the first stretch between Orick rodeo grounds (the horseback riding trailhead) and Elam Camp.  The trail along Redwood Creek is really nice as well.  You have to stay on the west side of the creek in the winter as the seasonal bridges are out.  I would have like to cross Redwood Creek near the Tall Trees Grove, but the bridge was out and the Creek was impassable on foot without hip waders :)  The nice part about doing the trip in March was that we had a beautiful sunny first day and we had the place to ourselves.  The downside... we were caught in a nasty rainstorm and decided to head out a day early.  Still, I would go back in a heartbeat.


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