Fern Canyon Scenic Trail

Van Damme Pygmy Forest Natural Preserve, California

Distance4.2mi
Elevation Gain1,403ft
Trailhead Elevation39ft
Top592ft
Elevation Min/Max39/592ft
Elevation Start/End39/39ft

Fern Canyon Scenic Trail

Fern Canyon Scenic Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mendocino County, California. It is within Van Damme Pygmy Forest Natural Preserve. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 39 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,403 feet. Along the trail there are restrooms and a camp site. This trail connects with the following: Old Logging Road Trail.

Fern Canyon Scenic Trail Reviews

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4/28/2014
The pigmy forest (like all such forests) is a bonsai/poor soil/stunted forest. Photographically ain't much. Geology wise, quite interesting though. This is a very short part of the trip. From there down to the river is a very attractive forest trail, and the "river trail all the way back to the entrance of Van Dam is quite lovely (shuttle cars if one way hike). The logging portion of the "loop hike" back to the pigmy parking lot is just an OK fire road. If doing the loop, consider at the fire road turning around and going back the way you came back to the pigmy parking lot.
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7/13/2002
An enjoyable trail for family, beginning hikers, and easy mountain bikers that is framed by serene Redwoods and ferns that take one back to the prehistoric era. Trail is currently under refurbishment and all of the old CCC stone bridges over streams and creeks have been removed. New arched bridges will replace the CCC bridges and provide a smooth hike and speedy downhill ride. Up to six intermittent stops currently along the trail to cross streams via a 3-foot wide wooden plank, be cautious with children and the elders until this reconstruction is complete.
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Trail Information

Van Damme Pygmy Forest Natural Preserve
Nearby City
Van Damme Pygmy Forest Natural Preserve
Parks
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Mendocino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Mendocino and Mathison Peak
Local Maps