Coastal Trail

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California

Distance7.3mi
Elevation Gain3,662ft
Trailhead Elevation197ft
Top1,045ft
Elevation Min/Max61/1045ft
Elevation Start/End197/197ft

Coastal Trail

Coastal Trail is a hiking trail in Del Norte County, California. It is within Redwood National Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. It is 7.3 miles long and begins at 197 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,662 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The trail ends near the Nickel Creek camp site.

Coastal Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 lush coastal vegetation well watered by several small rivulets. Picnic areas at the beginning and end offer the opportunity for combining the hike with a picnic lunch—a fine way to spend a few hours on the North Coast."

"Making use of old US 101, this paved path is the Last Chance section of the 20-mile Coastal Trail, and one of two sections that allows bikes. It traverses dense slopes of surreal foggy redwood forests, smothered in lush, cool understory—hard to believe that a busy highway once blazed through here. Though you have several options in which to configure your ride, the route described here is the shorter 13-mile out-and-back (6.5 miles each way), starting at the south trailhead which accesses the easiest portion of the Coastal Trail. It’s mostly flat, nontechnical, and generally one-car width across though some sections have become narrow single-track due to tall overgrown bushes. The gentle terrain is suitable for young children—you can turn around when the kiddies have had enough."

"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 and early summer."

Coastal Trail Reviews

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8/10/2008
A fabulous bike ride! - you get right next to some massive trees - I put my bike inside of one with a burned out center - glimpses of the ocean and NO CARS! Plus a paved path part of the way. I rode on a summer Friday afternoon/eve and didn't see anyone else on the trail. I rode from the north trail head and as a beginner I could have done without lugging my 33 pound bike up the big hill - I would recommend using the southern trail head and doing an out and back ride. Also I rode back on highway 101 which wasn't much fun as it is a very narrow, steep and curvy section without much shoulder so the cars are right next to you. The bike trail ridden from the southern trail head though is a carefree romp through beautiful scenery suitable for anyone.
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Trail Information

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Nearby City
Redwood National Park
Parks
Del Norte Coast Redwoods
Local Contacts
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park; Redwood National Park - North Coast State Parks, Smith River NRA; USGS Sister Rocks and Childs Hill
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Sep 2018