Wellman Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crescent City, CA 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.
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.
I hiked this one and Myrtle Creek nearby purposely in the rain to get my lab pup, Brook, use to it. She loves creeks, rivers, lakes and the surf but she doesn't like rain or a hose... All it is is a nice little uphill for 3/4 mile and then back down in a loop. A lot of rhodies and tan oak with a few redwoods mixed in. Just enough to get your heart rate up. Part of the downhill was gentle enough I ran it. Having achilles tendon issues for over a year it was the 1st time I've ever ran with her. No doubt we'll do this again along with Myrtle Creek.
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.