Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
** This trail was reviewed while using a rear-wheel motorized wheelchair
Trails and Pathways
- Stream Trail
- Trailhead Location:
- Canyon Meadow Staging Area
- Trail Length:
- 2-4 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Elevation Change
- 145 ft.
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
Open space and limited views of the surrounding hills quickly give way to a shade filled forest in a fern-filled canyon alive with birdsong. You will first pass a few picnic areas and a moderately accessible play structure. After .3-mile an accessible bridge crosses the creek; an interpretive panel tells of the native rainbow trout, and immediately following is a junction to Bridle Trail, an enjoyable half-mile trail that hugs the hillside and is worth doing on the return although we had to turn back after .4 miles because the low clearance of my wheelchair wasn’t able to navigate some rough terrain.
At .4-mile you reach the Reinholdt Redwood Grove. To avoid the short incline take the firm packed earth dirt spur trail to the right. They quickly meet up and the paved trail continues another .1-mile to Old Church (an interpretive panel tells the history of this site) where there is a lovely shaded picnic area. Further along at Big Bend Meadow is the steepest (less than 8%) incline of the described route. A compacted dirt spur trail to the right gets you a little closer to the creek and quickly reconnects to the Stream Trail however, I had to backtrack to the junction due to a very steep incline at this trails end. Back on the main trail the pavement gives way in .1-mile to compacted dirt and gravel. You next reach a picnic area with a covered structure and can take a break and decide whether to continue on since the terrain becomes more bumpy. The restrooms here are not accessible.
From here the trail increasingly becomes more rutted and bumpy-a harbinger of more difficulty to come. At 1.3 mile you reach a trail junction where to continue on the Stream Trail, turn right across the bridge and then left, uphill. I quickly turned back after crossing the bridge due to the difficult terrain. If instead of crossing the bridge you continue forward, you are now on the Mill Trail and I again turned back after a few hundred feet because of the rough terrain. It was such an enjoyable hike up to this point that I wasn’t disappointed turning back—I had a leisurely stroll back inhaling the forests intoxicating smells.
A few benches are scattered along the route.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At Skyline gate and Canyon Meadows at the Redwood gate; none of the overflow parking along the entrance road has designated accessible parking.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – The most accessible restroom at Canyon Meadows is at the start of the Stream Trail; the one near the play area has limited access. All others are inaccessible. An accessible restroom is at the parking lot at the Skyline Gate Staging Area.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance
- Good to Know:
- A Play with Nature zone where natural material from the park is available to create things with is at .2 mile. The best accessible route to it is the entrance past the restrooms but once at the nature zone the opening between the logs that define the area is only 24 inches wide.
There is no designated accessible parking for the Bridle Trail entrance at the Wayside parking lot and you might have to wheel on the road a short distance (traffic is very minimal and goes slow) to reach the trailhead. Cross over the cobblestone bridge and turn right. This trail heads into the park where in .5 miles will connect to the stream trail however I had to turn back after .2 miles due to trail erosion.