Fern Canyon Loop

Orick, California

Fern Canyon Loop Professional Review and Guide

"A very short hike, made more challenging by the long, bumpy approach, but every bit worth the effort to find. The trail follows the bed of Home Creek up through a magical canyon, formed by hydraulic mining during the gold rush. Nature has outdone itself in healing these scars, with a lush carpet of ferns and moss hung like an emerald tapestry from the canyon’s 40-foot walls. The return loop passes by the site of a gold-rush ghost town."

Fern Canyon Loop Reviews

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Fern Canyon and the gold coast beaches. We visited fern canyon on a misty day in late may. A small stream flows towards the ocean at the mouth of the canyon leaving hikers with two options to start the hike. Venture into the canyon following the creek. This hike takes you through an amazing garden canyon filled with vegetation. Sparkling streams trickle down the canyon walls feeding the ample ferns and flowers. The trail basically follows the stream up the canyon, and crosses it at several points. Bring water proof shoes, or prepare to have wet feet. The canyon can be slippery at some points. The trail winds its way back up to loop around to the beginning after a couple miles. Do not miss the trek around gold coast beach. The flowers, plants, herbs and ocean air mix for an intoxicating aroma. The views of virgin coastline are unsurpassed in Northern California. Fee to enter state park is $8. CASH ONLY. Visitor center is outhouse, and some parking. Road is dirt and rough at some points, though we made it in just fine in our rented Lincoln Continental!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
170 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
50 feet
Trailhead Elevation
220 feet
Top Elevation
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Fern Canyon
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Jun 2018