Tom's Redwood Tour

Tom’s Redwood walking tour is a 4 hour, customized and fully guided walking tour through Humboldt County Redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants. The groves along the Avenue of the Giants are truly a tree lover’s paradise. They are huge. You will wander among 4 of the world's tallest 10 trees, drive right through a Redwood and stroll three miles through a pristine forest featuring trees which are well over 2,000 years old. Tours are limited to 6 people so you receive individualized attention - Tom loves answering questions, he is a font of knowledge about the forests of California.


Avenue of the Giants

See 2000+ year old, 300 foot Redwood trees. Old route 101, now called route 254, weaves through these giants.


Tranquil Scenic Vistas

Tom's visitors often comment on how relaxed they are after a stroll through the Redwoods. Extend your stay and see more of the area!


A Drive-Thru Tree!

If you want, Tom will drive you right through a giant redwood tree - but don't get him started on why carving a road through a tree is a bad idea...


Explore Humboldt County

There is a range of hotels/motels & Inns to choose from. Lots of neat attractions in the area. Ask Tom about the significance of the medical marijuana farms in the area.

Tall Humboldt Redwood tree Tom stands inside a Redwood tree

join Tom's tour...

  • 4 hour guided tour
  • Humboldt Redwood State Park
  • Driving through a tree!
  • Optional pick up & return to Garberville

avenue of the giants
redwood tour itinerary

We can arrange transportation if you like, you will be picked up in Garberville and driven along the Avenue of the Giants, as it weaves among the redwoods to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Tom leads a leisurely walk through these magnificent groves, answering questions about the ecosystem. There will be plenty of time to take pictures. Tom’s happy to take photos for you. Tom likes to leave from Garberville at 9a.m. Later start times are possible in some cases with prior notice.

Tom Martell Guide

Tom Martell

Your Guide
Avenue of the Giants

See the Giants!

Old Route 101
Dwarfed by redwoods Item

Dwarfed by Giants

Take amazing photographs
Amazing forest

Small Group Tours

Serene forest calm
Tiny Tom

Tiny Tom

Gain perspective
Fallen Giant

Fallen Giant

Get a sense of proportion
Tom teaches

Tom's old as the tree!

(not quite, but old & wise)
Fallen gaint & tiny Tom

Fallen giant & tiny Tom

Breathtaking scenery
Drive-Thru Tree

Drive-Thru Tree

Don't try this at home kids!
Benbow Inn Garberville CA

Scenic vistas

Breathaking views!
Tread lightly - tree roots

Did you know?

Tread lightly!
Avenue of the Giants wildlife

Spotted Owl

Avenue of the Giants wildlife
Tiny Tom

Humboldt County Map

Easy to get to!
The Bigfoot Capital

The BIGFOOT Capital

You may even see him yourself
Hotels, Inns & Camping

Hotels, Inns & Camping

Great places to stay nearby
Trip Advisor Award of Excellence

2014, 2015 Award of Excellence

Congratualtions Tom!

About Tom Martell

Tom Martell is a passionate naturalist who has been leading walking tours for nearly 30 years. He is also a published author, vocal advocate for the forests and a Sierra Club leader. Tom began guided tours here in Humboldt County when the sheer volume of crowds and traffic at Muir Woods began seriously impacting the fragile ecosystem and the people who call the area home. (Traffic to Muir Woods rose from 200,000 in 1987 to well over a million visitors per year in 2014.) - Come see Tom here in Garberville and he's show you majestic trees far older than those in Marin County.

About Us

Years in Business


Satisfied Clients


Distance Walked in Miles


Awards Won


For nearly 3 decades, Tom has been leading small groups of people through California's Redwood forests. Dozens of his guests have been kind enough to send him notes and photos. Here's a small sample of impressions of a walk with Tom Martell...


Thanks for a great experience. You are a great resource.

Fred S, Florida

You did not disappoint Tom! Thanks for loaning me your jacket. It was a trip I shall always remember. With kindest regards.

Liesel Bennett, Chicago

Tom, I gave you five out of five Stars at Yelp! for a great tour.

Elizabeth A. NYC

Comparative Scale

Compare the size of a California Coastal Redwood Tree to an apple tree or even a 10 story building!.

size compared to 300+ year old Redwood Tree

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir

Tour Pricing

We are offering special pricing and a chance to bring along a 6th friend or family member for free when you book 5 tours! We accept cash or checks and you don't pay until you are satisfied with the tour.

up to 3 People- tour & travel $300for up to 3
  • Roundtrip from San Francisco
  • Scenic Driving Tour
  • Guided 4 Hour Walking Tour
  • Drive-thru Tree!
  • Overnight hotel not included
Extra Passengers $100/PERSON
  • Travel with Tom
  • Roundtrip from San Francisco
  • Up to 6 Guests Total

Places of note: Garberville, Humboldt County CA:

Benbow Inn +1 800-355-3301
Best Western Humboldt House +1 707-923-2771
Benbow KOA Campground +1 707-923-2777
Briceland Vineyards +1 707-923-2429
Garberville Motel +1 707-923-2422
Lone Pine Motel +1 707-923-3520
Madrona Motor Court +1 707-943-1708
Sherwood Forest +1 707-923-2721

Contact Tom

Give Tom a call or send an email, he looks forward to hearing from you. Become a fan of the Avenue of the Giants - take a leap and explore a little farther afield - you'll be glad you did. And remember, we have a long-standing policy: If you're not completely satisfied with your tour, you can have your money back!