Prairie Creek’s breathtakingly beautiful The Big Tree Loop ~ along with the accompanying Prairie Creek and Cathedral Tree Trails ~ is a an easy to moderate level trail that does not require a great deal of exertion along most of it ~ for me.
“The Big Tree Loop is located Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park on the North Coast of California,” according to AI-Pro. “The trail gives hikers a perfect opportunity to engage with striking examples of old-growth coastal redwoods, dynamic wildlife and enchanting fern-covered hillsides that slope down to various streams.”
“The parkland was designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, protecting the tallest trees on Earth and preserving an incredibly diverse range of species,” AI-Pro noted. “Named aptly for its comprehensive designation, The Big Tree Loop provides a representative exploration of the park, featuring a rich variety of landscapes from towering redwoods to beautiful creek views. The trail is officially regarded as moderate, engaging hikers with a mix of wide, flat meandering pathways and some steep ascents and descents.
“One of the chief highlights on the Big Loop Trail is Cathedral Trees, a grove of ancient, towering redwoods that leave hikers in awe of their splendor and grandeur. These silent giants, some dating back 2,000 years, are a humbling reminder of life's continuity and the longevity of the natural world.”
If you would like to read a comprehensive writeup about this trail, Redwood Hikes has an excellent post about it with photos.