Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fern Canyon- Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

On our drive back to Southern California from Olympic National Park in Washington we stopped in Redwoods, Oregon Caves, and hiked Fern Canyon Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This was a great little hike deep into a canyon with beautiful green ferns covering its walls. Whats nice about this trail is there is no elevation gain so any age can do it! Hiking in canyons is one of my favorite types of hiking, I love the challenge of getting past obstacles blocking the way. When we got back to the car we were treated to stunning views of the Northern California coastline and some large elk grazing in the field.

From the parking lot its a short walk down the signed trail to a trail junction with the James Irvine Trail. Take the trail leading to the right and hike in to the canyon by following the wood planks placed along the trail. Eventually they seemed to stop and we were left to navigate around fallen trees and large rocks. The added challenge made for a very fun hike!

Date:
August 15, 2012

Nearest City:
Crescent City, CA

How to get there:
From US-101 South/ Redwood Hwy turn right onto Davison Rd, after 0.3 mile continue onto Gold Bluffs Beach and follow for 6.5 miles to the road ends at a large dirt parking lot with bathrooms.

Trails:
Fern Canyon- 2 miles
James Irvine Trail- 9 miles round trip

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1 comments:

I know this area. My late husband and I spent our yearly vacations in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. What a beautiful area. I miss those times and seeing such beautiful scenery.

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