Wellman Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crescent City, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
The trailhead is across Highway 199 from the Jedediah Smith campground. There isn't any parking at the trailhead, just a wide spot in the shoulder on the other side of the busy highway. The trailhead is only marked with a small sign that says "Wellman Loop Trail entire loop 1.5 mi". You have to look pretty carefully to spot it from the highway.
This is a great relatively short hike through redwoods and ferns that is sure to get your heart pumping! There are several switchbacks that have a steep incline going up to the top of the trail, while the downhill is less severe. The biggest drawback is limited parking right on highway 199, be careful if you have to cross the road.