Famous Californian redwoods trail is (finally) open to hikers again

Californian redwoods
A famous Californian trail amid redwoods has reopened after 13 years (Image credit: Getty Images)

Hikers can once again enjoy a famous redwood trees trail in California after a $2 million 12-year project.

The 1.5-mile out-and-back Pfeiffer Falls Trail, near Big Sur, has been closed since 2008 after a devastating fire.

After the Basin Complex Fire, plans were made to repair the popular trail and home to some of the world's tallest trees. But, further damage from subsequent fires and landslides delayed the work for years.

Finally, this week, the Pfeiffer Falls Trail, which climbs beneath the magnificent redwood trees has re-opened. A 70ft-long footbridge across the canyon is part of the restoration project by Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks.

Other improvements  include wooden stairways on trail switchbacks and rock barriers to overcome erosion.

A spokesperson said: "This challenging project, 12 years in the making, is a testament to the great and enduring partnership between Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks."

Fiona Russell
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Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favorite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing (both downhill and backcountry). Aside from her own adventures, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy getting outside and exploring, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.