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Mahan Plaque Trail - Avenue of the Giants

Amazing hike through giant redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  In 1924, Laura Mahan, President of the local Save-the-Redwoods League and James Mahan, a prominent Eureka attorney, took a personal... more »

Tips:  There are many side trails in this area, many of them small loops. In fact we went the wrong way and almost missed the plaque itself.... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Area/Trailhead

Park here in a small shoulder area off the Avenue of the Giants. There aren't any restrooms available here.

2. Redwoods/Junction

The trail diverges to the left here to the Founders Forest. Stay on the path to the right for the Mahan Loop trail.

In the most favorable parts of their range, California’s magnificent coast redwoods can grow more than 320 feet high (about as tall as a 30-story building), with trunks more than 24 feet in diameter at breast-height, and can live... More

3. Mahan Plaque

The plaque located here is dedicated to Laura and James Mahan two pioneers in the "Save the Redwoods League". At this site the two discovered that logging had begun and led the movement that resulted in the saving of this grove of trees.