Leiffer Loop Trail

Jedediah Smith Redwoods California State Park
Located 5.7 miles from Crescent City, California (CA)
4 Stars
2,289 Steps 1  (1.0 mi)

For an enjoyable hike away from the main tourist areas of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, visit the quiet Leiffer Loop Trail. There are two trailheads for this loop trail; both are accessed via Walker Road, an uneven, unpaved dirt road that will lead to many rainforest groves within the park. Old growth Redwoods surround the trail in this dense rainforest; relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings while sitting on one of the many benches carved out of old fallen Redwoods along the trail. For an extended hike, connect with the Ellsworth Loop Trail; although this is a short trail it is more strenuous due to the steep climb at numerous locations.

November through March is the rainy season for the Redwoods area; the Leiffer Loop Trail can become waterlogged during this time; non-slip, waterproof footwear is highly recommended.

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The Leiffer Loop Trail has a maximum elevation of 352 ft (107 m), a minimum elevation of 117 ft (36 m), and an elevation range of 235 ft (72 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,2891.0 mi117 ft352 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
29 min18.8225 ft225 ft
[ B to A ]
29 min18.8225 ft225 ft

What is the length of the Leiffer Loop Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.0 mi (1.7 km) or 2,289 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Leiffer Loop Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 29 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 29 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Leiffer Loop Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Jedediah Smith Redwoods California State Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Smith River, CA
  2. North Topo Map: High Divide, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: High Plateau Mountain, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Crescent City, CA
  5. Topo Map: Hiouchi, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Gasquet, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Sister Rocks, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Childs Hill, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Canthook Mountain, CA

Is there a Leiffer Loop trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Leiffer Loop Trail is located on the Hiouchi topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.