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."
--Mike White, Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Linda Austin, Mountain Bike! Northern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
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