Central Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trail climbs 600 feet through coastal redwoods to a rare pygmy forest, then on to a “prairie,” an area of open grassland high in the hills. Numerous signs along the initial part of the hike introduce you to the many trees, shrubs, and flowers of the forest. You then start a long descent through more redwood forest to Highway 1 and the trailhead. For most of the hike you travel along broad fire roads, but the last mile is on a single-track trail with several short but steep climbs and descents. You aren’t likely to encounter many other hikers along most of the route."
--Stephen W. Hinch, Hiking & Adventure Guide: Sonoma Coast & Russian River (Wilderness Press).
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