Wellman Trail

Jedediah Smith Redwoods California State Park
Located 6.4 miles from Crescent City, California (CA)
4 Stars
3,375 Steps 1  (1.5 mi)

The Wellman Trail is a steep loop trail with many tight switchbacks located a short drive from the entrance of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park campground. There's no official parking lot for this trailhead, but visitors may park their cars at a small turnout along the highway, just a short walk away from the trailhead.

Wellman TrailRedwoodsWellman Trailhead

There are many giant Redwoods at the start of the hike, but as the trail ascends, the old growth Redwoods start to thin out and the trail becomes consumed by dense Douglas Fir, Fern, Madrone and Rhododendrons. Unfortunately, this trail is located close to the highway and the sound of cars passing by can be a disappointment.


The Wellman Trail has a maximum elevation of 649 ft (198 m), a minimum elevation of 142 ft (43 m), and an elevation range of 507 ft (155 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
3,3751.5 mi142 ft649 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
48 min41.1493 ft497 ft
[ B to A ]
49 min41.4497 ft493 ft

What is the length of the Wellman Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) or 3,375 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Wellman Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 48 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 49 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 Wellman 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 Wellman trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Wellman 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.