Gold Bluffs Beach Falls

Orick, California

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Follow a spectacular stretch of California’s Coastal Trail to a hidden waterfall. It takes some sleuthing to locate Gold Bluffs Beach Falls. The waterfall is actually distant from the beach itself, tumbling over a high bluff on the east side of the Coastal Trail and screened by a thick wall of sedge, willow, and the interlocking boughs of evergreens. You will hear it before you see it, and the viewing will require a short bushwhack through the sedge and into the overgrown grotto at the base of the bluff.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Follow a spectacular stretch of California’s Coastal Trail to a hidden waterfall. It takes some sleuthing to locate Gold Bluffs Beach Falls. The waterfall is actually distant from the beach itself, tumbling over a high bluff on the east side of the Coastal Trail and screened by a thick wall of sedge, willow, and the interlocking boughs of evergreens.

You will hear it before you see it, and the viewing will require a short bushwhack through the sedge and into the overgrown grotto at the base of the bluff.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orick
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 127011 Newton B. Drury Pkwy., Orick, CA 95555; (707) 465-7335; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS Fern Canyon CA; park map available at the entrance station or online
Driving Directions: Directions to Gold Bluffs Beach Falls

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