We Visited the Trees of Mystery: Here’s What You Need to Know

Last Updated on April 20, 2023 by Jess

If you’ve traveled through northwestern California, you may have seen the towering giants of the redwoods.

Redwoods National Park and State Park protects the tallest trees in the world. But if you want to see these impressive trees up close, you must visit the Trees of Mystery.

We did, and it’s a must-see on your road trip through Northern California. Let’s dive in!

What are the trees of mystery?

The Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California, are a unique attraction that draws visitors who want to see the majestic redwood trees up close.

You don’t have to be a nature lover to appreciate the majesty of these giant trees. Since 1946, Trees of Mystery has inspired guests of all ages with trails and experiences that connect with nature.

Today, stroll through the treetops on the Redwood Canopy Trail or enjoy a gondola ride at dizzying heights on the SkyTrail.

You’ll take a self-guided tour of the native forest and, with free admission, view an impressive collection of artifacts at the End of the Trail Collection.

Where are the Trees of Mystery?

Trees of Mystery is located in the center of Redwood National and State Park. About 36 miles south of the Oregon border on Highway 101 in California, you’ll see two huge statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. You can’t miss them.

Klamath is also a great place for a multi-day visit. From town you can take a drive along Highway 101 and enjoy beautiful views or visit Prairie Creek, a large prairie surrounded by redwoods.

Here you can observe a large herd of native Roosevelt elk.

Trees of Mystery is open every day except Christmas. You should spend at least several hours here to enjoy the activities and the beauty of the place.

The entrance to the trail opens at 9 am and closes at 3:30 pm. The museum and gift store also open at 9 a.m., but stay open a little later. The museum closes at 4:30 pm and the gift store closes at 5:00 pm.

How much does a visit to the Trees of Mystery cost?

A day of fun at the Trees of Mystery costs $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $13 for children ages 3-12. This ticket gives you access to everything all day long.

Ride the SkyTrail as many times as you like, or hike two or three times among the majestic trees of the Redwood Canopy Trail.

But you can park for free at the Trees of Mystery. There is a large, level parking lot for RVs next to the Forest Cafe that is also free. All guests can easily access the park from Highway 101.

Please note: Redwood offers 4 campgrounds and 8 backcountry camps! Click on the link to see where you can camp with your RV in Redwood.

Activities at Trees of Mystery

Not only can you admire the majestic, ancient redwoods, but you can also spend hours hiking the Redwood Canopy Trail, riding the SkyTrail, and viewing ancient artifacts. You can easily fill an entire day.

Hiking the Redwood Canopy Trail

The newest attraction at Trees of Mystery is the Redwood Canopy Trail. This suspension bridge winds halfway up the treetops through the old-growth redwoods.

It consists of 10 platforms suspended 50 to 100 feet up in the trees, and eight suspension bridges running between them. It also requires a minimum height of 36 inches, and you can’t take pets on this trail.

View of the Redwood Canopy Trail

Ride on the SkyTrail

The SkyTrail gondola ride takes you nearly half a mile through the treetops of the Redwood Forest. This unique experience lifts you high into the trees for a close-up view of these majestic trees.

The eight gondolas travel continuously up the mountain throughout the day. The ride takes 8 to 10 minutes, and when you reach the top, a breathtaking view of the ocean awaits you.

Explore the impressive redwoods

These massive giants grow up to 375 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter. That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty and wider than a Greyhound bus.

These magnificent trees transport you to a whole other world. As you explore the Redwood Forest, you’ll see the Brotherhood Tree, which is over 2,000 years old, and the Cathedral Tree, which is actually a group of nine trees that grow into one.

View of trees in Redwood National Park

Visit the End of the Trail collection

The End of the Trail Collection is attached to the gift store. It was opened in 1968 by Marylee Thompson Smith, who displays her fascinating artifacts from over 30 years of collecting and learning about ancient cultures.

Today it is one of the largest collections in private hands. On display are pottery, baskets, statues, tools and much more.

Please note: Make the most of your time in Redwood National Park by checking out these 9 incredible things to do in the park!

What is Motel Trees?

Across the street from the Trees of Mystery is Motel Trees. If you would like to stay on the property, you can reserve one of the 23 rooms.

From this base camp, you can explore the area surrounding California’s North Coast. From Motel Trees, you can take the half-mile trail to Hidden Beach, where you can fish, beachcomb and picnic.

Are pets allowed?

Yes, the Trees of Mystery is pet friendly except on the Redwood Canopy Trail. Please keep them on a leash and take them with you.

Be sure to take lots of photos and share them on Facebook! Your furry friend will love a ride on the SkyTrail.

Is a visit to the Trees of Mystery worth it?

The Trees of Mystery is a remarkable place where you become one with nature in a unique way.

Whether you ride the Sky Trail over and over again with your pup or walk the Redwood Canopy Trail, you will always have the opportunity to bask in the majesty of this redwood forest.

There’s no reason to avoid this unique attraction, with easy access to the parking lot off Highway 101 and free RV parking. Make a stop on your itinerary when exploring the Pacific Northwest!

Which attraction will be your favorite, the SkyTrail or the Canopy Trail?

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