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."

More Dolason Prairie Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Dolason Prairie Trail is far from the tourist crowds that plague redwood groves along U.S. Highway 101. Beginning high in the Bald Hills, the trail explores prairies that local Native American populations once maintained with fire, then descends through thick forests to the old-growth redwood groves along Emerald Creek. Brooding fog often envelopes the valley, but on clear days the prairies offer excellent views. Sprawled across the ridge top on the southwest side of Bald Hills Road, Dolason Prairie is part of a large patchwork of similar grasslands that dot the surrounding highlands. The prairies provide habitat for myriad plant and animal species. Thousand-pound Roosevelt elk bulls graze in the open space alongside brush rabbits and dusky-footed wood mice. Predators such as bobcats, coyotes, and the occasional mountain lion prowl the slopes, undeterred by the 5,000-odd insect species that also live here."

"The Dolason Prairie Trail is far from the tourist crowds that plague redwood groves along U.S. Highway 101. Beginning high in the Bald Hills, the trail explores prairies that local Native American populations once maintained with fire, then descends through thick forests to the old-growth redwood groves along Emerald Creek. Brooding fog often envelopes the valley, but on clear days the prairies offer excellent views."

Dolason Prairie Trail Reviews

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7/12/2009
Beautiful foggy hike. The trail was pretty deserted.
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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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Nov 2018