Dolason Prairie Trail

Orick, California 95555

Dolason Prairie Trail

Dolason Prairie Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 Hills, a lengthy ridge carpeted mostly with grass-covered prairie, offering sweeping views of the Redwood Creek Watershed. Red-tailed hawks patrol the skies, and coyotes wander the prairie itself, which sheep once grazed. You may see elk feeding on the lush grasses in spring and early summer and hear rutting males bugling in autumn. Intermixed with the prairie are groves of Douglas firs and oaks. Below the prairie, you descend through a bright, upland redwood forest and then a darker, lowland redwood forest, before reaching the usually sunny corridor of Redwood Creek."

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Trail Information

Orick
Nearby City
10.4
Distance
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5–7 hours
Duration
This hike can be done at any time of the year, except in the winter when the Bald Hills are occasionally covered with snow. Spring offers vibrantly colored wildflowers, but it is also when ticks are most common. Summers up on the exposed Bald Hills can be hot, and views of the lower valleys are ofte
Season
Redwood National Park
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Sep 2018