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Beautiful trail! North side is more scenic than south side, so if you fear you might not make it across because of the removal of the bridge after September, consider only doing the north side. However, although bridge was out in November, river was easily crossable by foot, so we did the full loop. Trail is very shaded so wear warm clothes in fall and winter.

We just went directly to Hidden Beach which was a beautiful and easy one mile walk. The AllTrails map is not really accurate for this one, as it shows Hidden Beach much further down than it really is. If you park in the Lagoon Creek parking lot and start on the Yurok Loop Trail, you’ll see signs for Hidden Beach. We didn’t see anyone out there, so this was just a spectacular place to end our day and watch the sunset.

I did this hike in and out from Mattole in 4.5 hours with my dog. I took a path that stayed above the beach and also diverted up and over to Windy Point. Misty rain on the top with a rainbow bending into the ocean. The end of the hike is the Punta Gorda abandoned light house. Great spot with seals resting on the beach in front of the light house. Had our lunch on the top of the light house watching the seals and the crashing waves.

A little bit of everything .... you will want to saunter this trail and strain your neck looking up at great Giants along the way ... can make you feel quite small ... and humbled in the presence of these 2000 year old trees .... worth the time and energy to experience it .... the river sections would be amazing when the water is running but beautiful non the less ...

Hidden Beach is a gem!! Easy trail with some redwoods lots of fern and great air!

on Bull Creek Flats Trail

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

Read reviews and noticed some mentioned an upper trail. Unless they are talking about the road on top of the ridge we never found it. The hike is an easy hike EXCEPT the sand, man there is a lot of sand. It made this hike one of the most difficult hikes I’ve done because of it. Beautiful views, awesome lighthouse. Be sure you have a tide schedule because there is a section you have to go around a point that I can see the tide could come up and you could get stuck trying to get back. Otherwise amazing! Hated the sand though.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful prairie!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, so quiet, just the sound of my footsteps and the soft trickle of water. The trailhead to the beach trail is 2.5 miles and the beach trail is 1.5, so more like 8 miles. The trail had just been brushed and is very nice. Take the trail behind you at the beach cutoff, it appears like the trail might be to the right and down, but that is just a scrabble.

backpacking
2 months ago

The ocean view from the top of Lightning Trail is outstanding, but finding the trailhead can be a challenge. The Lost Coast area is not well marked with signs. Lots of switchbacks. Fairly strenuous with elevation gain. Fair warning, don't leave much in car. Some locals don't appreciate the tourists.

A very nice walk along the beach. Read other reviews about walking in the sand. Do suggest getting legs into shape if you don't walk a lot. Did hill work since I didn't have access to sand. Was good to go. Sights and sounds were wonderful. Seals were very fun to watch once you get to the lighthouse.

2 months ago

Wonderful hike! Enjoyed the loop even with temperatures in 90s.

hiking
3 months ago

More like a 5.2 mile loop with 2,000 ft elevation gain if you start at the Lightning trailhead. Lots of pretty pines and red woods on the portion leading up to the loop. Going right at the split is mostly shaded to the top. On our way back down we were thankful to have hiked up on the right and down in the sun.

Loved being able to have our pup run around beside us. Only bumped into 1 other couple the whole trail.

Great view at the top of the mountain rage and ocean!

Took Kings Peak Road (dirt road) to get to the trail head. Super fun 1-lane dirt trail. Needed to use 4-wheel drive in a couple areas due to it being pretty sandy and washed out.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful 10-mile loop among the big trees with lots of different scenery. Relatively easy.

Beautiful hike along the beach. I highly recommend taking the upper ridge trail - we took the beach for half of the way there and definitely regret it. Although the upper ridge is soft sand in parts, overall much much better trail with just as beautiful views. Lighthouse was stunning with elephant seals sleeping right on the beach!

Gorgeous trail with lots of variable scenery and great redwoods. By our GPS watches, it was approximately 9 miles in just under 4 hours while using the AllTrails map. Mid-June had plenty of poison oak along the trail, so be sure you can identify it before you get out there.

hiking
4 months ago

fun hike , pretty easy miles , trails is nice , can get a little soggy at differnt times of the year, but thats the north coast for ya .. goes thru some nice forests , creeks , then eventually the ocean .. good additon of some more easy miles is a walk on to patricks point ..

June 12, 2018. My wife and I started at around 1:30 and took the high path (last 1/4 of the hike) on the way to the lighthouse. Note that the high trail is less traveled but the trail map w/GPS kept us pretty close to the barely discernible track. We saw many different varieties of flowers on the trip out which was a treat and the ocean views are spectacular.. Recommend hiking boots and poles if taking the high trail. We returned north via the low route... Lots of loose sand and strong headwinds made it a bit of a slog. Trip time ~ 2 hours out and 2 hours back. We are experienced hikers in our 60s and would give this a “hard” rating for a one day out and back (wind, sand, water crossing, and route finding (upper trail portion only).

We drove from Texas to hike this trail. Great setting with giant trees in a rain forest and the Pacific Ocean. The hidden beach a half mile from trail head is a bonus. Beautiful.

The trail is great until the last 1/3 of the route where it becomes narrow and overgrown with weeds and grass. The path down to the lookout is steep and has rebar sticking up so watch out! The views are mostly hidden by trees but you can hear the ocean and the sea lions. Of coarse the lookout is usually awesome pending fog and clouds. Be in shape the make the entire 9 + mile hike from the Yurok loop trailer head. It is easy turning to moderate + at the end.

Amazing and beautiful!

loved the beach access. Didnt see a soul.

Great hike! Did it in earlier April and the weather was perfect. Make sure to bring bug repellent as the rain is just now letting up. Easy to moderate to hard in all different areas. Came across “The Giant Tree” and was it a site to behold. Only came across 5 people and one of them was on horseback. Saw and heard lots of wildlife. I’ve lived here in Humboldt County my whole life and grew up in these redwoods, and still 32 years on and I’m amazed every single time I come to these forests. The rivers and creeks were nice and full and flowing dangerously fast so be careful around the water. I filled up my bag with water from the Eel river and ran it through my filter and filled my canteen and it’s some of the best tasting, coldest water I’ve ever had. Definitely make sure to bring water and have a full charge on your phone because it is a long hike. I brought some camping gear in my backpack just in case I was going to hunker down for the night. I also saw some large bear tracks. I had such an amazing day and recommend this to any advanced/moderate hiker.

7 months ago

Poorly maintained with numerous fallen logs and an eroding path at several portions but still beautiful hike through Pacific rainforest with ocean on the other side. A couple of amazing vistas and a fun hidden beach but the extent of the forest often chokes off your views even high up.

hiking
8 months ago

This is the best hike I have ever had in the redwoods. Amazing trees, mid 40s in February, light rainfall.

The first couple miles of the hike to the overlook of the coast was an easy, but beautiful hike. Beautiful with extremely lush, and green forest and ferns. A tad muddy.

hiking
8 months ago

A truly beautiful trail in the redwoods! Giants all around you for the entire hike and a beautiful, easy meander next to the Eel River. However, the mileage is severely under reported on this site. I tracked the entire loop, and with a very small detour of maybe .5 miles, the entire hike came to 11.75 miles. So the entire loop is at least 11 miles. The south side is much better than the north, so I would suggest taking that one if you're going to do an out-and-back. There is a lack of signage on this trail which can make it a bit annoying. The path is fairly clear, but you have no idea how far you've gone or how close you are to the river crossings.

The foot bridge was not set up when we got there, but turning around and going back on the south side would have extended our hike even longer than it was, so my boyfriend was nice enough to carry me on his back across the river (twice!) since there was no good way to ford it without getting soaked.

On the north end, the trail comes very close to the road and at some points you are forced to walk on the road because the trail to the side of it is unclear. Eventually you poke back into the woods and reach the part where you cross over back to the south side.

Overall, I think it was a wonderful experience and luckily we're in good enough shape to hike that far, but just take my warnings into consideration when planning your hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful and remote! This is the closest trail on AllTrails that matches what we did (and the maps on here don't show the trails accurately, so make sure to use the official BLM maps, or something similar. For example, those found here: https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/king-range-national-conservation-area).

We spent a couple nights here in Feb 2017. Took just about the hardest way possible for a day at the beach. Started in the late afternoon from the Lightning Trailhead and spent the night at Maple Camp. Next morning, hiked to King Peak via the King Crest Trail, then headed south and set up our tent at Bear Hollow. Afterward, we hiked to the beach via the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, then hiked back up the ~2500 feet to Bear Hollow for the night. Headed out the next morning.

Many of the trails are very steep and arduous (lots of elevation gain and loss, but many switchbacks). Overall, trails are in good condition. Some areas where the trails run along steep slopes have eroded and there's a bit of sketchy side-hilling. Due to the steep topography, the two camping areas we used had very limited space. Just enough for a few tents. No problem for us because no one else was camped at either spot.

The views were spectacular, there are many beautiful little creeks flowing in winter, and the beach was great. After a tough hike, during which we only saw one other person, we were surprised to see a house on an inholding of private land at the beach (must be accessed only by boat or aircraft).

Some sections of the trail along Big Flat Creek were hard to find due to erosion from last year's big winter. However, we figured out that the trail crosses the creek several times while making its way to the ocean. At most crossings, there were large cairns on the shoreline to indicate crossing points.

The roads to get to the trailhead were in decent shape (and would be no problem at all for a 4x4 vehicle with some clearance). We took a little Honda Fit and *barely* made it though in a few areas due to road erosion. However, we noticed that the road was in the process of being graded on King Peak Rd closer to Shelter Cove.

Overall, a great experience. It was hugely helpful to have loaded geo referenced PDF maps onto my phone prior to the trip (I recommend Avenza or Gaia GPS). Those maps helped guide us when traditional navigation apps failed. With good map reading skills or good digital maps, a vehicle with some clearance, and patience, no problem. Expect road erosion and a long, slow drive to get to some of the trailheads once you're off the pavement!

Wonderful hike to Hidden Beach! We arrived at sunset, and we're the only people on the beach. The trail was lightly trafficked.

hiking
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Amazing coastal views! Trail gets a bit narrow and slick in spots, but not bad overall. Definitely worth heading down to Hidden Beach too (towards the end of the trail, signage is clear). Make sure to listen for the barking from sea lions!

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