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Interesting rock formations and an easy trail to the beach.

hiking
26 days ago

Just so many mosquitos. We got destroyed by mosquitoes despite being doused in Deet. Don’t go father than a mile out and you’ll be ok, but any further and be prepared to get bitten all over by literally thousands of them.

Super cute and educational! The locals have done a wonderful job at restoring the lighthouse and surrounding buildings.

GO IN TO THE PARK! The GPS directions will take you to a private road.

Super quick walk to the sinkhole, and beautiful views from the cliffs.

No trail along coast — trail map shows a continuous trail north to lighthouse from middle section (we came from cafe) but barbed wire with “no trespassing” signs. ? Beautiful location but middle section of trail lightly marked and confusing along coast.

Perfect to fit any length/distance you want. Flat and in/out but beautiful.

Got to the trail head w/ my pup and turned back. No dogs allowed ☹️

Love this Beach! Best during a minus ride, but beautiful any time. Not steep, but scrambling is required.

Great views and nice trail!

What a great walk

I highly recommend this trip! I spent several hours here, there was so much to see and enjoy! The bathrooms were very nice and clean, the gift shop was adorable and the cafe has great options, including vegan options! There is also a nursery/garden shop attached. The trails through the gardens were beautiful! There were lots of birds and bees and butterflies all around, it was lovely. Everything was in bloom and it smelled amazing! The trails were so peaceful. Eventually you make your way to the ocean cliffs and wow, what a view! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!!!

The entire tail was shaded. Not much of a view at the top, but still beautiful.

Breathtaking views at every turn. We saw a family of otters swimming and taking shelter in a cave. Go, just go!

4 months ago

so pretty

Camped at east area at MacKerricher and left from there. We've done the portion on the point before so we didn't do it as part of this hike.

Long, flat, maintained service road is like 75% of the hike. Great Pacific views and plenty of little beaches to stop at.

Once you're at Fort Bragg it is sidewalk...and Glass Beach is so-so if you are just two adults.

Not much to look at eastward the whole walk.

Good to do as an activity if you're camping where we were to get some exercise...but I think a bike would be more fun...with a picnic on these hard to get to beaches.

very pretty, cliffhouse was really cool!

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Moderately easy, great views, completely worth it!!

1. Go on a Low tide
2. There are two Trails take the right one. This will take you down using stairs. Walk for 0.5 miles and you can see bowling balls.
3. It is an easy trail, the key is to take the correct trail i.e. right one

This is the picture of the trail entrance (don't take the one in the left)
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8691882,-123.6535277,3a,75y,241.46h,82.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1slDf_3taOrRxLiNHlJPWEDw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

P.S. If you are coming from North google maps will point you a place where it has sign parking 0.3 miles to the south. Park your car after going 0.3 miles and take the right trail.

Beautiful, flat, out and back, along Big River estuary. Lots of mosquitoes, in summer, so bring repellent.

Camped at Surfwood, so started the trail from the Main Beach day use parking area across the street from the campgrounds. I took the boardwalk to the point. On the return walk from the point, when the boardwalk starts to loop back around, there are trails that lead from the boardwalk. You have to hop down from the boardwalk; the trails aren’t marked with signage. I took one of them, and it was awesome for about a mile. It was a foggy, misty morning, but was still beautiful. Saw a Plover and pretty, bright red coastal succulents. After about a mile though, the trail hits a waterway and is overgrown, but detours to actual old haul road. A lot of cyclists and more people. It was early still, so I’m sure that road gets a lot more traffic later in the day. I was hoping for a longer trail along the coast. Still was a lovely and easy walk.

Stunning views!

This trail is awesome! Quick, easy, and beautiful along the way. Don't be scared like the previous commentor lol

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail I forgot doing with my gf. Beautiful when we did it in the fall with only a few people around.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful scenery but beware! Parts of trail are inches from the drop off. Russian Gulch has probably not received the memo saying that trails need to be away from the edge of ocean bluffs. Dangerous and as real as tomorrow's headlines.

Nice trail

Found a small waterfall by the beach.

hiking
8 months ago

From Main Street you can walk between the Presbyterian Church & Chevron Gas Station and pick up trail to the beach. Journey down the staircase to beach. Easy trail you can walk to the head of river it along the beach West. Be aware of tide changes especially if you start walking to headlands. Many seals can be seen tracing down river near its month especially during out and slack tide.

I loved hiking this trail, but you should be warned, even though this trail is rated as moderate, it can be technical and the southern half is physically demanding, and you could easily get lost. Most of the maps are inaccurate, especially when it comes to mileage and the actual trail path, especially on the coastal bluffs. The northern half is not that bad. Just be advised that the 'road' from Needle Rock to Bear Harbor is not a 'road' nor has it been for over a decade. It is now a trail. The section from Bear Harbor to Usal is the most challenging. The trail is decent all the way from Bear Harbor to Wheeler and Little Jackass Camp. It can be steep, trekking poles are advised. The section from Jackass Camp to Usal is little more than a deer trail in sections. There are sections that are overgrown, no real trail maintenance has been done in at least a decade. The camps and trail crossings are not well marked or marked at all. Bring a GPS and SAT phone or SPOT for safety. Tree falls and slides are routine and you may wish you had rope and climbing gear to get out of the canyons, even on the trail. We did this with a guide that has done it several times and even he almost got lost. The exit points to Hotel Gulch Road are also not well marked at all. So, be prepared. This is the lost coast. There is a reason they call it that.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Very peaceful, mostly level ride. However, we rode past the 6 mile marker and the trail made no indications it was ending. So I am not sure how much farther it goes. Beautiful scenery including trees, river, birds ,etc.

Blufftop area that has a number of trails so you can explore a bit of the area. Other than the beautiful coastline, the sinkhole is definitely worth the stop. It's connected to the ocean and the resulting effects to the sinkhole are very mesmerising.

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