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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.

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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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    • Orick, California

      Fern Canyon

      4.4
      1.12 mi / 269 ft gain
      Fern Canyon is located within Gold Bluffs Beach at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park located some 45 miles south of Crescent City, CA. Entrance to the beach area is located on Davidson Rd off the US-101 in Orick, CA. You will need to drive for about 6 miles on the dirt road at the turn of Davidso...
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    • Orick, California

      Camp at Gold Bluff Beach

      5.0
      Located at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the access road to this beach is a dirt road through the redwoods. Once you arrive to the beach area there is a park booth. The charge to overnight is $35 per day. Can also pay a day use fee which is less. The campground is situated some 200 yards fro...
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    • Orick, California

      Cal Barrel Road

      5.0
      3.93 mi / 883 ft gain
      Cal Barrel Road is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Orick, California.
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    • Orick, California

      Clintonia Trail Loop

      4.0
      6.98 mi / 1033 ft gain
      Clintonia Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Orick, California.
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    • Orick, California

      Explore the Prairie Creek Redwoods

      4.1
      Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located in Orick, CA about 50 miles North of Eureka, Ca and 25 miles South of Crescent City, CA. Take the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway exit off of Highway 101. Along this road there is a prairie where wild Roosevelt Elk can be spotted. They are wild so keep y...
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    • Orick, California

      Prairie Creek Redwoods Loop

      5.0
      19.42 mi / 2799 ft gain
      This is the itinerary for our 3 day backpacking trip at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in early May. The original plan was to backpack Redwood Creek Trail in Redwood National Park.  A couple issues stopped us from doing that: The water level was too high in May and multiple Park Rangers warne...
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    • Orick, California

      Gold Bluffs & Prairie Creek Redwoods Loop

      20.19 mi / 1759 ft gain
      This classic cycling loop is a great way to experience a variety of scenery and riding surfaces in The Prairie Creek Redwoods. It also allows you to visit Gold Bluffs Beach and the famous Fern Canyon without the otherwise required parking permit which needs to be acquired in advance. The route he...
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    • Orick, California

      Trillium Falls

      2.68 mi / 469 ft gain
      Trillium Falls trail is a nice little hike through a second growth and old growth redwood forest. The trail is lined with sweet smelling ferns and has plenty of shade the entire route. This would be good for a midday hike in summer.  The trail starts from the Elk Meadows Day Use parking area. St...
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    • Orick, California

      Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwood NP

      4.0
      1.35 mi / 92 ft gain
      This hike starts in the parking lot of the Lady Bird Johnson Grove Picnic Area. As one of the more popular hikes in Redwood National Park, it is a good idea to get there early to secure parking and miss the crowds. To get to the parking lot from the Kuchel Visitor Center, travel north on Highway ...
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    • Orick, California

      Drive Bald Hills Road in Redwood National and State Parks

      3.0
      Driving the Bald Hills Road was a totally unexpected treat when I visited Redwood National and State Parks. We only had a day to spend there on a week long California road trip but I was so glad that we made the decision to drive the road while visiting.While I came expecting, and was glad to exp...
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    • Brookings, Oregon

      Picnic at Arch Rock

      5.0
      This vista point is located in Southern Oregon, near the coastal town of Brookings.  Arch rock is just off the 101 freeway and is a cool stop if you are passing through. The main rock arch is located directly west.  It's a great place to stop during road trips for a picnic lunch.
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    • Brookings, Oregon

      Camp at Harris Beach SP

      4.0
      Harris Beach State Park on the Southern Oregon Coast and about a quarter mile north of the town of Brookings, Oregon features a variety of campsites, including yurts, full RV hookups, and even a hiker/biker camp for individuals hiking the Oregon Coast Trail and/or biking the PCH.  From either the...
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    • Brookings, Oregon

      Explore the Marine Garden at Harris Beach SP

      The Marine Garden at Harris Beach State Park is one of the 7 designated Marine Garden's on the Oregon Coast where the ecosystem is protected and the collection and disturbance of tidal flora and fauna is prohibited. Interpretive hikes and guides are available through the State Park system, as are...
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    • Humboldt County, California

      Hike to Tall Trees Grove, Redwood NP

      5.0
      3.9 mi / 690 ft gain
      NOTE: You need a permit, albeit free, to do this hike.First, you'll need to go to the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center just off Highway 101 south of Orick, CA. Once there, write down your license plate number and go up to the counter and ask one of the rangers for a permit for Tall Trees Access Ro...
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    • Humboldt County, California

      Hike the Emerald Ridge - Redwood Creek Loop

      6 mi / 900 ft gain
      This loop begins at the Tall Trees Trailhead.  To access this parking area, you must have a permit that you can obtain from the Kuchel ranger station.  The gate is locked.  When you get the permit, the ranger will also give you the combination to the gate.  Once you drive through, close the gate ...
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