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Loved this one! We looped with the Jones Bar trail and it was a blast. Not very kid friendly over on the Jones bar part because of steep terrain but still a good trail to hike.

I would definitely categorize this trail as strenuous, especially for the hike back up. It starts out in the misty silence of the Redwoods and descends quite sharply. Some spots might be slightly slippery during the descent so make sure you have good shoes. The bridge at the very end is still closed but we managed to get to the beach by going under the bridge. You only need to hop across a tiny stream to get to the other side. The views of the ocean are well worth the hike! It took us about 1.5 hours to descend to the beach and slightly more to climb back up, making it a 3-3.5 hour hike if you don’t spend too long at the beach.

Awesome family hike and very flat. Little chilly as most of the trail is shaded.

Forested, shady, level and incredible views. We took this hike this year around Christmas. The trees were damp with dew, and the sun was peeking through the fog, highlighting the South Yuba River Canyon. The forest is a mixture of Ponderosa, Digger, and other conifers, along with California Oak, Madrone and Manzanita. The best part of this trail is the bridges. The wooden walkways provide good photo spots and break up the trail length. Don’t be fooled by the mountainous topography. This trail is almost 100% level. Flat. In fact, we heard it was one of the first wheelchair accessible dirt trails constructed in the USA back in the 70s. It follows an irrigation ditch built by the Chinese in the 1800s. Now used as a hiking path. At times, we switched from the top to the bottom of the ditch. Consider the unique canyon boardwalk as the destination. Making it about an hour round-trip walk. Great for groups, or anyone looking for a level start. Bring high-soled shoes and trekking poles if you plan to hike in the winter, as the ditch can be muddy in some spots.
- Mike and Angel Cutler, EarthTrek Gear

I believe we went around sep 3rd and we saw absolutely no one. There is a bathroom and some picnic areas at the beginning. There is not much information about the trail so we didn't go very far in. Big gravel road that no longer was used for lodgging. Big Redwood trees with some interesting history plaques along the trail.

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.

nice relaxing trail. I love going in the fall with the amazing color changes of the trees and salamanders every where.

I really enjoyed this hike! Ground was level and beautiful views and ran into some salamanders on the trail. Will definitely do it again!

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3 months ago

This is a short distance but vertically challenging hike, with a few sketchy spots of single track. It was really a beautiful trip through the quiet, almost "rain forest" cool coastal mist. I started out feeling a bit chilly on the descent to the rocky beach, but surely warmed up for the ascent from the ocean. This is a gem!

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3 months ago

This is a great hike through redwoods down to the ocean. The coordinates from AllTrails took me right to the trailhead. A sign there said the trail was closed .10 miles from the ocean, but I decided to hike in anyway. As it turns out, there are alternative ways to get to the ocean at the end of the descent. That part totally makes the hike great, descending from sunny redwood groves to a cool, fog-shrouded rocky beach. The sign at the trailhead says it is 2.1 miles to the ocean so the round-trip is 4.2 and not 3.5. (See picture). The trail starts of wide and fairly level and then begins a fairly constant descent. After 0.7 miles it crosses the Pacific Coastal Trail and that's where it really gets steep; countless switchbacks until the ocean. The whole hike took me a bit over three hours, including about 20 minutes before heading back up. I'm still getting into shape so I'm sure it's possible in less than two hours. Because of the beautiful redwood trees, so many hikes in this area are great. Damnation Creek Trail is yet another one of them, very much worth doing, particularly if you want a bit of a workout. AllTrails rates this hike as moderate, but the state park literature calls it strenuous. If someone were passing through the area and only had time for one hike, this would be a good one for it.

The trail itself is beautiful, and though I would not describe the views as spectacular, the jaunt itself is pleasant and relaxing. I took the trail from the (very low) underpass to the right of the trailhead sign all the way to it's finish at the fire road (there is an end of trail marker there to let you know). A little anticlimactic since there was no sweeping view at the end. When I do it again, i will likely stop at the picnic tables located after the bridge. Great place to snack and recharge before heading back.

Great trail! lots of mosquitoes though. Easy walk, level and shaded.

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

this is a fantastic trail to take young kids who are just starting to get into nature walks without being in a stroller. it is long but easy for them to enjoy and explore. the trail has several little creekbeds that are filled with salamanders. the walk bridgws and paths are also nice for individuals who have difficulty walking. bridges have benches and great views.

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。

This trail is more a walking trail rather than a hiking trail. It’s very flat, mostly shaded, and provides a pretty nice view of the South Yuba river from above. It’s not a crowded trail since more people opt to spend time down by the river. The wooden bridges were a nice touch as well.

From what I saw, it’s an in-out trail. The only drawback was having to avoid dog poop which was not moved from the trail.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Just hiked 7.5 miles up this trail last weekend. There aren't any stunning views but the forest is very peaceful and quiet. We only saw one other person on a Saturday on Labor Day weekend. The trail is an old logging road so it's wide and gravelly. It was a moderate hike, with some steep sections but ultimately not that hard.

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

It was a very relaxing trail to hike. sad that part of it was damaged.

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.

great for kids path is well maintained. a lot of people there so made it tricky for the narrow path

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

Travel to planet Endor, land of the Ewoks, where scenes in Star Wars Return of the Jedi were filmed. Listen for the sounds of the speed racers as you hike!

hiking
5 months 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.

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!

The scenery on this trail is ever changing! Which made it interesting and fun:) It wasn't challenging in any way, very chill. Adorable, really. Good for everyone! Adults and kids. Wheelchairs not so much).

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