This park takes in some of the finest wetlands habitat on Californias northern coast. An ancient sand dune complex that has evolved into several distinct ecological communities, Tolowa Dunes encompasses ocean beach, river, open and vegetated sand dunes, wooded ridges, and wetlands. A diverse assortment of birds, animals and plant life thrive here, and the area serves as an important stopover on the Pacific flyway for thousands of migrating ducks, geese and swans. The Smith River is a good place for salmon and steelhead fishing, and cutthroat trout can be taken at Lake Earl. The basic amenities are provided for campers at two primitive campgrounds, including a ride-in horse camp and six walk-in sites.
Nice little trail with a mixture of trees and meadows. There can be elk and deer seen on the trail. The west part of the trail can have a few wet spots after a good rain but has a marshy area that can hold elk. Great trail system to get the dog(s) out.
I enjoyed doing this one today with with my dogs. It's a nice long walk through the dunes, the forest and the ocean, with it's views. It's the longest route I do in Tolowa. We didn't see any elk today but there were fresh tracks. The beach walk is pretty firm as long as you're fairly close to the surf. Keep an eye out for vehicles. This portion of Tolowa is legal to drive on the beach. There is a sign indicating that on the end of Kellogg Rd. When you're walking Kellogg Beach keep an eye out for agates as well. Plenty of people find them. The surf was a little high to be relaxed with my Lab in the ocean today.
There is a sign to mark the beginning of the trail in the small parking area and the hike goes through the Yontocket Cemetaries. This is one of my go to hikes with my dogs. I have seen eagles, hawks, deer and elk on this trail. There are a few variations within the park including some single tracks and routes out to the beach. I'll post up a few variations that I've done. There is supposedly a good porcupine population here as well but as yet I haven't seen any.