Dolason Prairie Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Orick: Follow Highway 101 northward to Bald Hills Road. Turn right and travel 11.5 miles to the Donalson Prairie Trailhead.
My absolute favorite hike in Humboldt County. Little bit of everything. Prairies, Meadows, forest, old-growth, bridges & redwood creek. Long hike but def worth it. 11 miles or so round trip. I rarely see anyone on this trail either! Give it a go ;)
Very pretty trail. Accessed from either the top, or can start at bottom via Tall Trees grove. If done from top, you can do this trail as the listed short version which turns around at a creek, or go to the tall trees trailhead (12mi). From there you can extend your journey by doing the tall trees trail as well. Doing this will make the dolason prairie trail a total of 16-17mi!
Cuts down through the balds with great views of the valley and ocean in the distance. Continues through varying forest types. Is rather steep especially considering the out/back nature of the trail!
This is a great trail if you are prepared for a 2200 foot elevation change from the top to the bottom. The hike back out is all uphill. We hiked the trail in June and the weather was perfect. There were lots of wildflowers and various fungi along the trail. There were also black bears in the area - we saw one as well as evidence that they had been eating blackberries. As far as other hikers, we met one couple pass us going up the trail and again back down as we were headed down. They were camping on a gravel bar in Redwood Creek. Another couple left the trail as we were getting started - they had seen two bears and promptly ended their hike. See the link for more details, photos and a video.