Alternate Route to Apex

Notes: Use this alternate route to visit Apex whenever Bull Creek is impassable. If the seasonal footbridge over Bull Creek is installed or Bull Creek is low enough to wade across, use the 1.0 mi (1.6 km) shorter normal route to Apex from the Big Trees Area parking lot instead.

Drive: Apex is 233 mi (375 km) north of San Francisco near the community of Weott.

Northbound: From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Weott, take exit 663 South Fork Honeydew and turn left onto California State Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants). Turn left under the bridge onto Bull Creek/Mattole Road.

Southbound: From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Weott, take exit 663 South Fork Honeydew and turn right onto Bull Creek/Mattole Road.

Drive west 5.2 mi (8.4 km) on Bull Creek/Mattole Road to the bridge which crosses Bull Creek. 500 ft (152 m) past the bridge, near a small sign that reads Fire Lookout, turn left onto an unmarked road (also known as Grasshopper Road and Grasshopper Multi Use Trail). Drive south 250 ft (76 m) on the unmarked road and park in a pullout on the right. The unmarked Bull Creek Flats Trail South trailhead is on your left.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the trailhead, hike east 1.2 mi (1.9 km) on Bull Creek Flats Trail South to Giant Tree Junction. Continue hiking east on Bull Creek Flats Trail South, following the normal route, from Giant Tree Junction to Apex.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 1.8 mi (2.9 km) Ascent: 40 ft (12 m)
Time: 57 min Off-Trail: 377 ft (115 m) Descent: 6 ft (2 m)
Apex Tree Alternate Hike Map

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