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Nice afternoon walk.

If you stay to the right and follow the white dots, drawn arrows and pink trail markers when you get into the ridge line, the trail is somewhat easy to stay on. It is super easy to take a wrong turn and end up off trail, so pay attention! Amazing views at the peak! If you don’t like climbing rocks/boulders and scrambling straight up, this trail is not for you!

Also: there is a $5 mandatory parking fee! Wish I would have known this ahead of time!

Great hike. Awesome views.

Hiked in early September. I lost the trail about a thousand times on the way up, but made it anyway just by climbing over boulders and trudging up the sandy mountainside in the general direction of the summit. It’s cold and windy at the top. Wear gloves. Total time just under 5 hours.

A surprisingly great hike with some wonderful views of Grayback Mountain. The hike around Miller Lake and past Little Miller Lake is well worth your effort and should be a part of your plan. Also plan for the stream crossing about three miles out from the trailhead, it requires four wheel drive and a high ground clearance vehicle.

結構歩きごたえがあり、最後にサプライズが待っています。誰も居ない視界の開けた海。最高でした。いつまでもそこに居たい気持ちになりました。帰りは基本的に登りで少しキツイ感じ。トレッキングシューズでのハイクをお勧めします。

Very hard hike but incredible views. Lots of slick gravel areas and rocks to climb over, but worth the effort.

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13 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous and serene. 30 minute incline to the lake then you can keep going to the PCT at the top. The dogs and I both jumped in the lake, not too cold! When your about 2 miles away google maps will tell you to go right, DON'T! Just keep going straight and you'll hit the river crossing. Happy Hiking!

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. The god rays created by sunlight piercing through the fog and the redwood tree branches was incredible and I captured some screensaver worthy photographs. The beach was also spectacular although a bit cold. The trail is steep but not too bad. One of the best hikes in Redwood NP and SPs in my opinion.

Good hike and we made it down to the ocean where we saw a seal swimming! Hike up is a good workout

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16 days ago

The main road was closed as it states. If you take South Fork road just outside of Hiouchi and keep going past Big Flat campground it will take you to the trailhead where it dead ends. This will take you on approximately 20 miles of steep dirt roads. I would recommend 4WD but you can get there in a sedan. The trail is pretty flat the first few miles and then there is an area of sharp incline. The last push to the punchbowl takes you past a small lake first. Follow the cairns. It is currently smokey from wildfires burning close by. The wildfires also caused displacement of bees and the area was swarming with them. This would be a beautiful hike under better conditions. We clocked the hike at 10 miles.

This is a gorgeous hike but it is definitely difficult, not moderate. Going down is pretty easy but the hike back up is very steep and it’s entirely up hill. I definitely wouldn’t take young children on this. Well worth it for the gorgeous open views of the Redwoods and finishing at the ocean.

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20 days ago

Wow! One of the best hikes in the area. This trail is actually a 4.2 mile out and back, with the latter 1.4 miles quite strenuous, but the views and magnificent terrain and ancient redwoods make it worth it. Make sure you go down to the beach at the end to ponder nature’s beauty at water’s edge.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful redwoods hike that ends at the ocean. Sign says trail ends at bridge but I crossed it with no problems. If you don't feel comfortable using the bridge, just to the side of it you can go down into the creek and up the other side.

hiking
20 days ago

Love this beach! Was at the coast this past weekend, did this trail twice!

This was our first difficult trail we completed. It was beautiful at every point. Unfortunately the 2 hour drive on the alternate route is one of the toughest parts. Very narrow forest service road on the edge of the Siskiyou national Forest. We started the trail late in the day and unfortunately went down the wrong trail which set us back about an hour and half. Just pay extra attention to the signage on the trail. When it means up, it means up. The first half of the trail was pretty easy. But once you start climbing up hill on the switch backs, be prepared for it to go one for a while. Again, every part of the trail has its own beauty. The last part of the trail is on a pretty rocky terrain but the cairns will lead the way. Yes! You will run into a smaller lake before you get to the punchbowl, which means you are pretty close. It took us about 3.5 hours on the way back. That was with minimal stops. After a night out in the wilderness we stopped at Hiouchi Cafe for some burgers. Perfect way to end the trip. *also the Gasquet Ranger Station provided some great information!

Great views but this is not an easy trail. The trails are also a little confusing as they are not clearly marked. The trail on the left leads to a viewpoint of Natural Bridge and then goes further along the coast. The trail on the right goes down to the coast as well but is very steep and slippery.

Beautiful hike. Did take about 5 hours round trip. Lots of people hiking. Very easy to see the trail.

hiking
29 days ago

As of August 2018 a bridge is down, so this trail is closed.

This is one of my absolute favorite hikes. The solitude of this redwood atmosphere with rain or fog is stunning. Hiking down you won't think about the return climb in store for you, which can be difficult for some folks I'm sure. Look for rabbits among the ferns, salamanders, wild irises, and succulent hens and chicks in the cliff-face when you get to the beach. If you walk the beach at low tide and explore the tide pools among the rocks, starfish, anemones and other creatures await, and I never want to leave.

The highlight of our trip to Del Norte. Best when covered in fog, it's pretty mystical with it's towering Redwoods.

We found the cove to be an added bonus, but if you are short of time or if the elevation is off-putting, I'd recommend doing the first half in the fog down to the trail sign then climbing up again.

The trade off we found is that when the trees are covered in fog the cove is too or when sunny both are.

Also be aware of any scrambling paths, we went up one to save some time and it didn't catch up to the path again so it was a fun 20 minute detour.

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1 month ago

Great trail for a quick morning hike. A good steady uphill ascent. Took my dog up here to tire him out before getting back in the car. Views aren’t great most of the way but trail is shaded! Enjoy.

follow white dots and stacks of rocks on way up

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail , water very low in river.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, short and sweet!

An amazing trail! Scenery is unparalleled. Trail is steep at first both up and down for first few miles, then steady up. Took us (average in shape guys) 6.5 hrs up to 1st camp. 1st camp for us was below the falls. 4.5 hrs back from 1st camp to trail head. Would recommend a 3-4 day excursion. One day up to camp (8.5 miles). Second day up to the lake and then up to peak. Then 3 rd day head back if your hurting for time. Stay an extra day and absorb the beauty. On the way back, if your headed NE, go to the kid friendly Etna Brewery for a stellar burger and home brewed root beer. I can’t wait to go back. I went with my 10 and 12 yr olds, but they are mentally tough and physically fit kids. Keep their packs 25 lbs or less.

Gorgeous hike! The mist in the redwoods is amazing! Bridge says it’s not in use but I had a party of 6 and we all crossed and made it to the ocean just fine. Great day trip. We did the hike with a 13 and 2 year old very doable for all abilities!

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, lots of climbing. Not very crowded at all. Not a redwood hike like many in the area so less crowded but a good hike and easy access.

Absolutely stunning. BUT, I would not rate this as easy. To get to the top of the arch was tricky, the trail is dusty which makes it slippery, there are lots of roots sticking out that can trip you up. The trail is narrow with no protective barrier on the side that leads to quite a drop. There were frequently broken trees over the path that we had to climb over. We are fit so it wasn’t too hard but my parents had to stop before we could reach the end. I wouldn’t recommend this for small children either.
That said the views were stunning.

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