Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast  by Mike White

Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast Guide Book

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast  by Mike White
The rugged Northern California coast of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties is one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline in North America. Unlike the sandy beaches typically associated with Hollywood visions of Southern California, steep bluffs, rocky beaches, and offshore rocks combine to create the classic portrait of the Golden State’s far northern coastline. Above this stunning seascape resides a forest containing the world’s tallest trees. In Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast, veteran outdoors author Mike White presents 57 diverse routes, suited to all ability levels and interests. These trails range from a gentle half-mile morning loop to a 29-mile backpack adventure. Whether you’re looking for lush, oldgrowth redwoods or picture-postcard vistas to Pacific Ocean sea stacks, dazzling sunsets, and migrating whales, you’ll find it here.

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Trails from the "Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 57.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 57.

Overlooked by many visitors heading to the renowned redwood groves in the nearby parks, lovely Patrick’s Point State Park offers some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the north coast. Juttin ...
Rocky Point, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.2
Most of the trails into the old-growth redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State Park are relatively flat, visiting the impressive giants on alluvial flats. The Allens Trail is the polar opposite, gaining m ...
Weott, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.6
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Near the fringe of bucolic Anderson Valley, Hendy Woods State Park is a fine spot for enjoying some magnificently tall, old-growth redwoods without the crush of tourists common to the more popular par ...
Philo, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.4
A cursory glance at Big River suggests that this modest waterway was misnamed. However, the appellation was granted not for the river itself but for the enormous redwoods that used to grow along its b ...
Mendocino, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 9
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Bull Creek is home to the largest remaining contiguous redwood stand in existence, and this short loop allows access to a picturesque portion known as the Rockefeller Forest. The route follows a secti ...
Weott, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.5
The short Big Tree Loop is one of the main highlights for summer visitors to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, when a seasonal footbridge allows easy access across Bull Creek to a stand of impressive old- ...
Weott, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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Most visitors to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park stop at the Big Tree Wayside and stroll to the base of the enormous tree, which can cause some congestion during the peak summer season. The accompan ...
Orick, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
Given its distance from the megapopulation centers of Northern California compared to the more popular redwood parks farther south, you would think that Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park would experi ...
Crescent City, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.4
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The Browns Creek Loop, which offers plenty of diversity in 3.6 miles, is one of the better routes in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. After an easy stroll through pleasant forest, the South Fork Tra ...
Orick, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.6
For those looking for a longer hike among impressive redwoods, there’s a lot to like on the Bull Creek Flats and Big Tree Loop. The trip begins by heading downstream along Bull Creek and passing throu ...
Weott, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 9.4
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Directly east of the scenic coastline that most people associate with Mendocino County lies the nearly forgotten forests of the coastal hills. Hidden away amid the trees are redwood groves, tumbling s ...
Mendocino, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.9
Founded by William Kent in the 1860s, Spring Ranch was used as a dairy farm, sheep and cattle ranch, and vegetable garden, producing goods for the burgeoning North Coast lumber industry. The State of ...
Little River, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.9
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Well away from the more popular parks close to US 101, far-flung Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park harbors the farthest inland coast redwood forest. Three separate parcels are strung out along the ban ...
Shively, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
This section of the California Coastal Trail (in an outlying section of Redwood National Park) begins at a sandy beach and ends at an overlook with a fine coastal view. Along the way, you pass through ...
Crescent City, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4
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A short stretch of the Coastal Trail, in an outlying section of Redwood National Park, leads to a picturesque sandy beach. Along the way are stunning coastal views and colorful wildflowers in spring a ...
Crescent City, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.5
A seldom-used section of the California Coastal Trail in Redwood National Park beckons hikers to explore a lush coastal forest and a usually deserted strip of sandy beach. The first part is a pleasant ...
Orick, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 8
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The relatively short Damnation Creek Trail offers visitors a diverse sampling of beautiful coastal scenery. The route begins in an impressive stand of stately old-growth redwood forest, diminished in ...
Klamath River, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
Aside from not reaching the coastline, the Dolason Prairie Trail offers the most comprehensive example of the Redwood National Park ecosystem. The trail begins at 2,400 feet near the spine of the Bald ...
Orick, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 10.4
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The Drury-Chaney Loop is a short, easy romp through an impressive redwood forest. A carpet of redwood sorrel at the beginning is so uniform that it almost appears to be unnatural. As the northernmost ...
Shively, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
At first glance, the landscape of Jug Handle State Natural Reserve appears fairly ordinary. However, the area is one of the best examples of defined plant communities and corresponding soil types in t ...
Caspar, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.7
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