The Ecological Staircase

EASY 9 reviews

The Ecological Staircase is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near Fort Bragg, CA that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

2.7 miles 250 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

Ecological Staircase showcases gradual soil leeching, culminating in the Pygymy Pines, six foot tall trees that are hundreds of years old. Guided tours are sparsely available.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. Well kept up. It is pretty level the whole way until you head down to the ocean. Very accessible for children young and old (not stroller accessible for the most part). Ok to take you dog on leash only unless signs state otherwise. You'll love it!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, secluded beach perfect for off the leash fun with a pup

5 months ago

birding
10 months ago

Beautiful! An easy trail that showcases the many micro climate ecologies of the Mendocino coast

1 year ago

Easy walk/hike. Make sure you pick up the pamphlet that takes you through the ecological staircase. There are markers along the way.

hiking
2 years ago

I run this trail monthly. I enjoy encountering hikers. It's 7 ish miles round trip from the parking lot through the staircase to Mitchell Creek gate and back again. You know, up one way means fun all the way back!

2 years ago

Great trail through the woods and around the ocean.

nature trips
3 years ago

As others have said an impressive range of environments from sea shore, through Shore pine and cypress, redwoods and firs to pigmy forest. I have hiked portions of this for the last two years because it can be accessed from Mitchell Creek Rd. and Gibney Ln as well as from the actual park. In Oct. through December it is a great place to see a wide variety of mushrooms.

It is a very easy trail, fairly well marked and a little too busy for me. I prefer a little more solitude.

hiking
4 years ago

This trail is one of the best I've ever hiked. It has an amazing variety of environments: make sure not to miss the extra loop at the beginning, it leads you through a forest of trees bent by the wind. The pygmy forest is very impressive.