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  • Del Norte County, California

    Del Norte County, California, is a top spot for outdoor adventures. The Mill Creek Trail is a must-visit for its scenic beauty, featuring a dense redwood forest and the sparkling Mill Creek. The trail is moderately difficult, making it a great challenge for regular hikers. You can also enjoy fishing in the Smith River, the largest free-flowing river in California. For a unique outdoor activity, head to the Tolowa Dunes State Park, where you can explore the dunes and wetlands. Another best trail is the Last Chance Coastal Trail, offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. These trails and outdoor activities make Del Norte County a top destination for outdoor adventures.

    Top Spots in and near Del Norte County

    • Crescent City, California

      Hike Stout Grove via the Stout Grove Trailhead

      4.5
      0.6 mi
      Marked with adequate signage, parking for the Stout Grove Trailhead is off Highland Hill Road, a road through the south end of the park. It's a narrow, dirt road so be cautious traveling through the state park. Pit toilets are available in the parking area. The trail is a .6-mile loop. It is wide...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail

      5.0
      With a profusion of titanic trees and an ever expanding landscape, the extraordinary Boy Scout Tree Trail is not so much a hike as it is a showcase of the world's most scenic old growth redwoods. Located within Redwood National and State Parks, this pristine trail feels wonderfully remote. Hardly...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Fern Falls via Boy Scout Tree Trail

      4.93 mi / 1050 ft gain
      Fern Falls via Boy Scout Tree Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Crescent City, California.
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    • Klamath, California

      Damnation Creek Trail

      Located right on Highway 101, the Damnation Creek Trail is one of the best trails in Redwood National and State Parks. What makes this trail so special is that the hiker gets to experience nearly all of the various ecosystems within the park in only a few short miles. The trail descends from an a...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Camp at Nickel Creek

      4.0
      5 mi / 300 ft gain
      First, check in at the Crescent City Ranger Information Center in Crescent City to pick up your free backcountry permit and get permission to park your car at the Crescent City Beach Education Center off of Enderts Beach Road. This is the safest place to park at due to numerous car break-ins at t...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Camp at Jedediah Smith Redwoods Campground

      5.0
      / 0 ft gain
      Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park offers activities for everyone: you can backpack and hike through lush rainforests, or fish, snorkel, and kayak in the Smith River (popular film The Last of the Mohicans was filmed just upstream!). Howland Hill Road is perfect for a scenic drive filled with uniq...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Explore Stout Grove via the Howland Hill Road

      4.4
      The Howland Hill Road is the premier drive through Redwood National and State Parks. Approximately 6 miles long, the hard-packed gravel road varies in surface durability depending on season and when the road was last graded. Expect plenty of dust in the dry summer months and keep an eye out for p...
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    • Klamath, California

      Relax at False Klamath Cove

      4.0
      Wilson Beach in False Klamath Cove is a small but scenic spot in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Surrounded by thick forest, the dark gray sandy beach is scattered with driftwood, interesting rocks formations, and tide pools. The small free parking area has picnic tables and is a popular spo...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Drive Walker Road

      5.0
      Walker Road is one of the places where parts of Star Wars IV: A New Hope were filmed! It's a beautiful site in the Redwoods with an extra amount of huge, leafy ferns. Once you turn onto Walker Road, it's a quick drive through the redwood trees and ferns to the Smith River at the end. There are a ...
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    • Klamath, California

      Hike the Yurok Loop Trail

      4.0
      1 mi / 20 ft gain
      The Yurok Loop Trail is a small loop on the northern end of the growing California Coastal Trail. This family-friendly hike starts at a picturesque lagoon near False Klamath Cove before crossing a bridge and entering the Sitka spruce forest. From the trail junction, you have the choice of passin...
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    • Klamath, California

      Hike to the Klamath River Outlook

      3.0
      1 mi / 500 ft gain
      Fun drive on Requa Road off 101 takes you to a great little outlook. Take the trail descent down to the beach or connect with the CA Coastal trails for a three or four mile jaunt to either Hidden Beach or Lagoon Creek Beach. This spot is a local gem with minimal visitors. It also offers a likely ...
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    • Crescent City, California

      Battery Point Lighthouse

      0.5 mi / 13 ft gain
      Battery Point Lighthouse is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Crescent City, California.
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    • Crescent City, California

      Devil's Punchbowl, Six Rivers National Forest

      4.0
      8.33 mi / 1660 ft gain
      Located in extreme Northern California, the Siskiyou Mountains are the largest sub-range of the Klamath Mountain range and among the most rugged. The Siskiyou Wilderness, designated in 1984, encompasses three national forests: Siskiyou, Klamath and Six Rivers for a total of 182,802 acres. Because...
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    • Del Norte County, California

      Backpack to Raspberry Lake

      1.0
      12 mi / 1800 ft gain
      If you wish to experience the beauty of the Siskiyou Wilderness and avoid the crowds associated with The Devil’s Punchbowl, then consider a visit to Raspberry Lake. Beginning at the Young’s Valley Trailhead (Coordinates: 41.889919, -123.654755), this hike is a great option for those seeking wide...
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    • Orick, California

      Hike the James Irvine Miner's Ridge Loop, Redwood National Forest

      4.5
      12 mi / 1350 ft gain
      What is known as the "James Irvine Miner's Ridge Loop" is actually a combination of trails that creates a loop in the Redwood Forest. For only being around 12 miles round trip, it is an easy way to see the diverse scenery in one hike. In a nutshell, on this hike you get some of the best features:...
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    • Orick, California

      Friendship Ridge Trail Loop via the Coastal Trail

      3.0
      7.11 mi / 1047 ft gain
      This loop hike starts at the Fern Canyon Trailhead.  To get to Fern Canyon, drive to the end of Davison Rd, also known as Gold Bluff Beach Road.  There is a pay station at the entrance to the road ($8 in 2015).  After heavy rain, the road may be impassable for passenger cars.   From the parking ...
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    Camping and Lodging in Del Norte County

    Panther Flat Campground
    Gasquet, California

    Panther Flat Campground

    Crescent City / Redwoods KOA Holiday
    Crescent City, California

    Crescent City / Redwoods KOA Holiday

    Ludlum House
    Brookings, Oregon

    Ludlum House

    Curly Jack Campground
    Happy Camp, California

    Curly Jack Campground

    Fish Lake Campground
    Bluff Creek Trail

    Fish Lake Campground

    Oak Bottom Campground
    Somes Bar, California

    Oak Bottom Campground

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Del Norte County

    Beautiful Footage Of Redwood National Park

    Beautiful Footage Of Redwood National Park

    The Outbound Collective

    A Weekend of Adventure in Redwood National and State Parks

    A Weekend of Adventure in Redwood National and State Parks

    Michael Fricke

    Walking with Sentinels in Redwood National Park

    Walking with Sentinels in Redwood National Park

    Jason Nugent

    Spend your first weekend in Redwoods National and State Parks

    Spend your first weekend in Redwoods National and State Parks

    Kyle Reader

    5 Photos That'll Make You Want to Visit Samuel H Boardman State Park

    5 Photos That'll Make You Want to Visit Samuel H Boardman State Park

    Camaran Khiev