Northern California's Redwood Coast: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone
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At last there is a definitive guidebook for the magnificent and beautifully mysterious hikers' paradise known as the Redwood Coast of Northern California. In this new title in the Top Trails series, veteran outdoors author Mike White leads day-trippers and backpackers into some of the most awe-inspiring terrain on earth. Step-by-step in his trail-worn boots, the author created a menu of 57 diverse routes, from a gentle half-mile morning loop to a 29-mile backpacking adventure. Winding through Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties, he guides readers into this landscape of lush, old-growth redwoods; picture-postcard vistas to Pacific Ocean sea stacks; winding descents to undisturbed beaches and mesmerizing tide-pool life; pathways to inland canyons; and untamed wilderness shy on humans but boisterous with herds of Roosevelt elk. For readers ready to hit the trail, this is the can't-do-without guide and for armchair travelers, it's 57 journeys into wonderland.
once on the way to the top of a ridge, where the grade eases. After 0.2 mile the trail turns north and continues the pleasant stroll through mixed forest for another 0.4 mile back toward Russian Gulch. At the brink, you hear the creek again, as the trail descends toward the bottom of the canyon amid Oregon grape, rhododendron, and tanoak, reaching a junction 4 with the East Trail at 3.5 miles. Continue heading downstream above the creek for a short distance to the top of the falls. Waterfall
and then an abandoned landing strip. Near the far end of the strip, you pass what must have been a fairly impressive home in its heyday on the way to a marked junction with the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail. 6 This infrequently used trail climbs 4.9 miles to Bear Hollow Camp and then another 0.8 mile to a junction with the King Crest Trail. Backcountry Camping At the junction, the Lost Creek Trail turns sharply toward the beach and then makes either a log crossing or a ford, depending on the
that you may think Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park employs a gardener. Very soon you reach the big loop junction 2 near a bench. Continue straight ahead, traveling deeper into this serene redwood forest. Farther on, you bypass the big loop trail 3 branching away to the left and soon reach the small loop junction 4 near the root system of a large upturned redwood, 0.2 mile from the trailhead. A counterclockwise loop circles through the east end of the grove and returns you in short order back
directions to the Hiouchi Trail, and begin a counterclockwise circuit through the old-growth grove. Periodic flooding from the nearby Smith River has kept this flat free of a shrubby understory, allowing the tall and straight redwoods to rise unobstructed above a lush carpet of redwood sorrel and ferns. Just after a memorial bench is a junction 3 with the River Trail headed east. Turn left to remain on the loop, following the course of the unseen river downstream. Soon you reach a junction 4
highly regarded destination for romantic getaways. The resort communities of Albion, Little River, and Mendocino cater to tourists, and lodging tends to be pricey. Fort Bragg has several motels for the more price-conscious traveler. Check out mendocino.com/mendocino-hotels for more information. The Lost Coast Garberville, the largest town on US 101 near the road to Shelter Cove, has a handful of motels. The quaint resort community of Shelter Cove has several lodging properties. Humboldt