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    Fern Canyon Trail

    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California
    Distance0.4mi
    Elevation Gain163ft
    Trailhead Elevation36ft
    Top121ft
    Elevation Min/Max31/121ft
    Elevation Start/End36/36ft

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    Hamilton, NJ
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    3/8/2019
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    Holladay, UT
    Trailblazer | 9126 pts
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    11/4/2018
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    Denver, CO
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    5/28/2011
    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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    Upper Lake, CA
    Pathfinder | 130 pts
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    5/19/2007
    We have done this hike before, 2 years ago, it was really great,however now the trail is covered with fallen trees. I would recomend waitng until they have cleaned up the trail to visit.
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    San Francisco, CA
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    10/13/2005
    Bumpy, unpaved, eight-mile-long road leads almost right up to this wonderful, if short, hike. It really is preposterously lush and quite unique. Other trails nearby seem enticing, though we took the coast trail instead which proved to be slightly less than stellar, the three waterfalls along the way being something of a disappointment and the scenery otherwise not tremendously varied. Fern Canyon, though, is not to be missed.
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    Klamath, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    10/4/2005
    No wonder they filmed so much of "Jurassic Park" here. A one-of-a-kind collage of natural beauty including a crystal-clear stream, dramatic verticle tapestries of hanging ferns,misting waterfalls, towering trees and wild Roosevelt Elk almost too close for comfort!

    We took a group on a five-hour narrated FunBus Tour for $29.95 that even included a hot BBQed lunch!

    Truly in the top five of California's MUST SEES!
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    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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    Easy to Moderate
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    Waterfalls
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    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 127011 Newton B. Drury Pkwy., Orick, CA 95555; (707) 465-7335; www.parks.ca.gov
    Local Contacts
    USGS Fern Canyon CA; park map available at the entrance station or online
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