Hiking the Redwood Coast
by Dan Brett (Falcon Guides)
© Dan Brett/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Fern Canyon and the gold coast beaches. We visited fern canyon on a misty day in late may. A small stream flows towards the ocean at the mouth of the canyon leaving hikers with two options to start the hike. Venture into the canyon following the creek. This hike takes you through an amazing garden canyon filled with vegetation. Sparkling streams trickle down the canyon walls feeding the ample ferns and flowers. The trail basically follows the stream up the canyon, and crosses it at several points. Bring water proof shoes, or prepare to have wet feet. The canyon can be slippery at some points. The trail winds its way back up to loop around to the beginning after a couple miles. Do not miss the trek around gold coast beach. The flowers, plants, herbs and ocean air mix for an intoxicating aroma. The views of virgin coastline are unsurpassed in Northern California. Fee to enter state park is $8. CASH ONLY. Visitor center is outhouse, and some parking. Road is dirt and rough at some points, though we made it in just fine in our rented Lincoln Continental!
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