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Rich’s Trails List North Section

Big Lagoon North to Crescent City


AZALEA RESERVE (Kane Rd., Big Lagoon)

Begin & End - Parking area at north end of access road.

Length - 0.5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 50 feet.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Flora in general but blooming azaleas in particular which peaks in early June.

Alternatives - Free to wander through the area.

Constraints - None of concern.

Best Months to see azaleas in bloom: May June

Approximate Distance from Arcata Plaza to Trail Head: 5 Miles


CARROTHER’S COVE to OSSAGON ROCKS (Redwood National & State Parks)

Begin & End - The Carrother’s Cove Trail head on the Klamath coastal road near the entrance to the

Alder Camp Correctional Facility.

Length - 5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 300 feet. Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Ocean views and Ossagon Rocks

Alternatives - Could be done by car shuttle by leaving a car at the Ossagon Rocks trail head on the

Newton Drury Parkway.

Constraints - Trail to beach is fairly steep and might be muddy in winter.

Best Months to Hike: May June  . Oct Nov


DAVISON RD. to PRAIRIE CREEK VISITOR CENTER (Redwood St. & Ntl. Parks)

Begin & End - The Trillium Falls parking area off Davison Rd. to the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Length - 7.5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Nil.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Redwood forest, riparian areas along Prairie Creek, possible elk, essentially a flat

and easy trail.

Alternatives - Could start from the Visitor Center.

Constraints - Old roadways may be a bit mucky in the winter.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec


DeMARTIN TRAIL (Del Norte Coast Redwoods)

Begin & End - Begin at the small parking area on the east side of Highway 101 about 0.25 of a mile

after entering the redwood forest north of Wilson Creek and end at the mouth Wilson Creek.

Length - 5.5 miles.

Elevation Loss - 900 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Mixed forest views and ocean views at the mouth of Wilson Creek.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - Requires a car shuttle (3.1 miles from False Klamath Mouth Beach to Trail Head)

Some fairly wet sections in the winter.

Best Months to Hike: May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov


DOLASON PRAIRIE (Bald Hills)

Begin & End - The Dolason Prairie parking area on the west side of Bald Hills Rd. about 8.5 mi. past

the Lady Bird Johnson Grove parking area.

Length - 9 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 2,050 feet.

Difficulty - Strenuous.

Main Features - Transitions from Douglas-fir forest to upland prairie to old growth redwood forest, flowers,

and view of Emerald Creek.

Alternatives - The Emerald Cr. bridge is the usual return point but could go further to the Tall Trees Grove before turning back which would add a other 2.5-3.0 mi. to the hike.

Constraints - Some fairly steep portions, could be hot in the summer, possibly muddy in the winter.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June


DRY LAGOON to STONE LAGOON

Begin & End - The Dry Lagoon parking area Length - 6 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 150 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Sitka spruce and alder forests types, lagoon views, salmon berries in season.

Alternatives - Turn around at the boat access camp shortens the hike by about 2 mi.

Constraints - Some muddy spots, may not get to Stone Lagoon beach if lagoon water levels are too

high, trail needs annual clearing (usually done in May).

Best Months to Hike: June July Aug Sept Oct


FLINT RIDGE (Klamath)

Begin & End - The parking area adjacent to the south side abutment of the former Klamath River

Bridge about 1.25 miles downstream from the existing Klamath River Bridge.

Length - 9 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Total of 1300 feet with climbs both going and returning unless return by the

road which would reduce the climb to 870 feet.

Difficulty - Fairly strenuous.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest and limited ocean views.

Alternatives - Return may be a loop by following the Klamath Beach Rd.

Constraints - Some steep sections, may be wet and sloppy in the winter.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov


FRIENDSHIP RIDGE & COASTAL TRAIL (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - From the Fern Canyon parking area, start on the James Irvine Trail, turn north on the

Friendship Ridge Trail just upstream from Fern Canyon, go north to the West Ridge Trail that

leads to the beach and the Coastal Trail that leads south back to the parking area.

Length - 6.5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 400 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, coastal low dunes, Ossagon Rocks, 3 interesting waterfalls, and possibly elk .

Alternatives - Follow the Coastal Trail to Ossagon Rocks and back for a similar total distance.

Constraints - Segments of the Coastal Trail segment can be very wet in the winter and early spring,

the south end of the Friendship Ridge Trail is fairly steep.

Best Months to Hike: May June July Aug Sept Oct


GOLD BLUFFS BEACH to FERN CANYON

Begin & End - The Gold Bluffs Beach entry kiosk on Davison Rd.

Length - 7 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Nil.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Ocean beach, views of the Gold Bluffs.

Alternatives - The extension into Fern Canyon could be dropped, especially during the times there

are no bridges in the canyon and when the ferns are less luxurious.

Constraints - Dry sand and tide as well as bridges in Fern Canyon.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct


HOPE CREEK & TEN TAYPO LOOP (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - The parking area by the Newton Drury Parkway mile post 132.74.

Length - 3.5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 400 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest.

Alternatives - None

Constraints - None.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


JAMES IRVINE TRAIL & CLINTONIA TRAIL (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - The Prairie Creek St. Park Visitor Center - hike the James Irvine Trail to the MIner’s

Ridge Trail then return via the Clintonia Trail and the James Irvine Trail.

Length - 7-mile partial loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 400 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, Clintonia.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - None.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


JAMES IRVINE TRAIL to FERN CANYON (Prairie Creek StatePark)

Begin & End - The parking area by the Prairie Creek Park Visitor Center.

Length - 10 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 300 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, Fern Canyon.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - A well maintained and popular trail though foot bridges in Fern Canyon are in place

only during summer months.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept


JAMES IRVINE TRAIL & MINER’S RIDGE TRAIL (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - The Prairie Cr. St. Park Visitor Center parking area - hike the James Irvine Trail to

MIner’s Ridge Trail which is hiked to the Gold Bluff Beach Rd. and return via the James Irvine

Trail at Fern Canyon.

Length - 10-mile loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 400 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, beach views.

Alternatives - Loop trail may be shortened by looping back using the Clintonia Trail.

Constraints - Stream crossings on Gold Bluff Rd.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov


LADY BIRD JOHNSON GROVE LOOP (Redwood National Park)

Begin & End - The Lady Bird Johnson Grove parking area Bald Hill Rd.

Length - 1.5-mile loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 100 feet.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Old growth redwoods.

Alternatives - A bit shorter would be hiking directly to the dedication site and back.

Constraints - None.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


LAST CHANCE TRAIL (Del Norte Coast Redwoods)

Begin & End - The parking area for the Damnation Trail on the west side of Highway 101

about 0.25 mi. after entering the redwood forest north of Wilson Creek.

Length - 6 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 200 feet (100 feet going and 100 feet returning).

Difficulty - Moderate (strenuous if hike to Endert’s Beach).

Main Features - Forest views along the old Highway 101 alignment to a view of Crescent City at the

turn-around spot.

Alternatives - A longer hike by about 1.0 m. would be to continue to Endert’s Beach south of Crescent City which requires an extensive car shuttle.

Constraints - Only if the hike is extended to Endert’s Beach where the last 0.5 mi. is fairly steep with loose

rock in the trail.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


LOST MAN CREEK TRAIL (Redwood National Park)

Begin & End - Begin at the end of the access road that goes east from Highway 101 about 0.75 mi.

north of Davison Rd. May either end at the Bald Hills Rd. a couple of miles past Lady Bird Johnson Grove or

go only part way and return to the starting point.

Length - 10 mile from one end to the other.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 2,000 feet.

Difficulty - Strenuous if hike uphill and moderately strenuous if hike downhill.

Main Features - Forest, mostly second growth redwood and tan oak.

Alternatives - Would be mostly down hill if the direction of the hike is reversed. Could start and

return to the Trillium Falls parking area off Davison Rd. after a hike of a desired distance.

Constraints - Can be muddy in the winter. Some sections fairly steep. Requires a lengthy car

shuttle if hike from one end to the other.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov


LYONS RANCH (Redwood National Park)

Begin & End -A loop hike from the parking area off Bald Hills Rd. 0.25 mi. north of School House Peak.

Length - 5-mile loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 550 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Best when flowers are in bloom, especially the lupine in late May and early June,

wildlife (deer, bear, elk), meadow vistas.

Alternatives - May extend the hike by driving 0.3 mi. south east and hiking the 0.4 mi. round trip

to the top of Schoolhouse Peak.

Constraints - Some moderately steep sections.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct


ORICK HORSE TRAIL

Begin & End - The Orick Rodeo grounds.

Length - 5.5 miles if doing the “3-hr Riders.” loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 1,200 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Second growth redwood and alder forest.

Alternatives - The length will be more than doubled if the “6-hr.” McArthur Creek Loop is hiked.

Constraints - Some potential muddy spots.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec


OSSAGON ROCKS (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - The parking area on the Newton Drury Parkway at mile post 132.74.

Length - 6 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 600 feet (300 feet each way).

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, beach marsh, Ossagon Rocks.

Alternatives - May be lengthened about 2 mi. by returning via West Ridge and Zigzag 2 Trails.

Constraints - If return via Zigzag 2 Trail, walking approximately 1 mi. along the parkway.

Best Months to Hike: All Months EXCEPT Dec


REDWOOD CREEK NORTH LEVEE

Begin & End - The shopping area in Orick or the parking area at the west end of the dike.

Length - 5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Nil.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Creek and pastoral views, beach at the mouth of Redwood Creek.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - None.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


REDWOOD CREEK SOUTH LEVEE

Begin & End - The shopping area in Orick or the Redwood National & State Parks Visitor Center.

Length - 6 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Nil.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Creek and pastoral views.

Alternatives - May be shortened by turning back at any time, may be lengthened hiking from the

Orick Rodeo Grounds.

Constraints - Strawberry Creek by the Visitor Center may not be passable when creek water levels

are high.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


REDWOOD CREEK to MUSSEL POINT

Begin & End - The parking area at the end of the north levee on Redwood Creek.

Length - 3 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Nil.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Coastal views.

Alternatives - Ocean rocks and mussels.

Constraints - Creek flooding, requires low tides.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


REDWOOD CREEK TRAIL

Begin & End - The parking area at the end of the access road off the Bald Hills Rd. approximately 0.4 miles from Highway 101.

Length - 8 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Nil.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Riparian Redwood Creek views, flowers in season (particularly purple trilliums in

early spring), often elk.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - Seasonal bridge crossing at approximately 1.5 mi. - may be waded at low flows.

Best Months to Hike: May June July Aug Sept Oct


REQUA to HIDDEN BEACH

Begin & End - The Klamath River Overlook parking area near Requa.

Length - 6.5 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - Approx. 500 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - River mouth and coastal views, possible whales.

Alternatives - May be lengthened approx. 2 mi. by hiking to the Lagoon Creek ponds.

Constraints - Muddy areas.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


RHODODENDRON TRAIL (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - A loop hike from the Big Tree parking area off Newton Drury Parkway approx. 0.5 mi.

north of the Prairie Creek St. Park Visitor Center. Hike following the Cathedral Trees Trail to the

Rhododendron Trail and returning via the South Fork and Foothill Trails.

Length - 6-mile loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 900 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate to strenuous.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, rhododendrons, maples.

Alternatives - May be shortened by hiking to the Rhododendron Trail using the Cal Barrel Rd.

May be lengthened by returning on the Brown Creek Trail.

Constraints - Portions of the south end of the Rhododendron Trail and the South Fork Trail are

fairly steep.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


ROCKY GAP (Redwood Creek)

Begin & End - The parking area at the end of the Tall Trees access road of Bald Hills Rd.

Length - 8 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 500 feet.

Difficulty - Strenuous.

Main Features - Redwood forest and creek views.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - Need lock combination from the Park Visitor Center at Orick for the access road - the

road is currently (Oct. 2013) closed to public access. Requires crossings of Redwood Creek and

walking on large cobble.

Best Months to Hike: July Aug Sept Oct


SKUNK CABBAGE CREEK to the BEACH (Redwood National Park)

Begin & End - The parking at the end of the access road west off Highway 101 0.5 mi. north of the

Bald Hills Rd. intersection. Hike leads to the beach and back.

Length - 6 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 600 feet both going and returning for a total of 1200 feet.

Difficulty - Fairly strenuous.

Main Features - Forest and coastal views, skunk cabbage in season.

Alternatives - Could hike north on the beach to Davison Rd. but this requires a car shuttle.

Constraints - A few muddy spots, lots of exposed roots, fairly steep portions near the beach.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov


TALL TREES (Redwood National Park)

Begin & End - The parking area at the end of the Tall Trees access road off Bald Hills Rd.

Length - 3 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 500 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Tall, old growth redwoods (one once considered to be the tallest), creek views.

Alternatives - None unless want to hike 7 miles up Redwood Creek.

Constraints - Need lock combination from the Park Visitor Center at Orick for the access road -

the road is currently (Oct. 2013) closed to public access.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


TRILLIUM FALLS (Redwoods National Park)

Begin & End - The parking area off Davison Rd.

Length - 2.5-mile loop.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 300 ft.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, trilliums in season, and the falls.

Alternatives - The loop trail may be shortened by 1 mi. looping back along an old roadway.

Constraints - Some muddy parts.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct


YUROK LOOP (False Klamath Cove north of Trees of Mystery)

Begin & End - The Lagoon Creek parking area north of the Trees of Mystery. Length - 2 miles.

Elevation Gain/Loss - 150 feet.

Difficulty - Easy.

Main Features - Lagoon Creek ponds, access to Hidden Beach, offshore rocks.

Alternatives - None.

Constraints - None.

Best Months to Hike: All Months


ZIGZAG & WEST RIDGE TRAILS (Prairie Creek State Park)

Begin & End - Begin and end at the Zigzag No. 2 access from the Newton Drury Parkway 4.0 mi.

north of the Visitor Center. Go up Zigzag No. 2, turn south on West Ridge Trail, come back

down on Zigzag No. 1, and return via Prairie Creek Trail.

Length - 4 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 300 feet.

Difficulty - Moderate.

Main Features - Old growth redwood forest, riparian habitat.

Alternatives - No real alternative to the loop.

Constraints - Wet & muddy areas.

Best Months to Hike: Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec



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