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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.

great trail! loved it!

nice long walk, very dog friendly.

A very nice walk with amazing big Coastal Redwoods and then Fern Canyon- be prepared for water crossings. Then beach and back up into the old growth forest- just magical. We would rate this moderate only- the trail is excellent. Fern Canyon is slow going with the stream and multiple crisscrossing but great. 20 kms all up and 4 hours 43 minutes. A really lovely day out. So peaceful. Highly recommend.

Beautiful hike through spectacular redwoods. We started at prairie creek visitor center and headed toward fern canyon, which is a site to see in itself. Prepare for wet shoes if you decide to go through fern canyon instead of straight to the trail base. You’re basically walking through a creek surrounded by fern covered walls. From there we headed across the beach to the start of miners trail back toward prairie creek visitor center. Overall it took us about 6 hours to finish, which includes stopping to eat lunch and stopping for many pictures. Would definitely recommend for someone up for some adventure

Excellent trail condition with amazing views. Unique in that one sees so many different environments between old growth groves and the beach.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very nice overnight out and back. If doing it again, I’d camp on the gavel bar.

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 ...

Very long trail (22km) but beautiful!!!!

on Bull Creek Flats Trail

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

hiking
2 months 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.

Kanaka Trail closed today Sept 2, 2018 as well as Clear Creek Trail

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!

hiking
2 months ago

An easy-to-moderate hike that takes in the redwoods and coast all in the swoop. Fern Canyon was the highlight and a great place to stop for lunch halfway, although it was fairly crowded because the site is accessible by road. There is some uphill hiking but all very doable if you are relatively fit, took me about 5.5 hours to do the entire loop. I sadly had only one day in Redwood State and National Parks, and I felt this was a great hike to see a bit of everything!

Only advice is when you are walking on the beach, there are no good landmarks to indicate when to turn inland. I downloaded the area on Google Maps on my phone and used my GPS to know when to turn (both Fern Canyon and the campground are on Google Maps).

Great trail. Lots of very big redwood, fir and spruce trees. Some steep climbs but worth it.

Our longest hike of our trip. Not at it's best in summer (August). Slightly tough to find the start of as not well sign posted but turn left at the bridge and pass the Tall Tree then turn left at the junction (I think sign posted Bulls Creek) to start.

This hike was long - took about 2.5 hours to get to the top and the scenary was fairly samey. Thick growth all one colour. many creeks but they were accompanied by wasps, bees, and mosquitos.

We we're hoping for some cabins along the way but there is only two (one standing) at the top of the trail. There is a toilet and camp area too which was great, however the amount of mosquitos meant we couldn't stay to sit and rest.

Instead we took a gamble and decided to create a loop with the Grasshopper trail as this one was less interesting than hoped. We'd probably suggest not doing that as it's similar to this trail but on a fire road.

I could see this being a fun hike in spring or fall when there is colour or lots of vegetation. by the end, I was more interested in if I'd hot 35k steps then on the scenery.

For a long walk I'd suggest the Bulls Creek North and South (which we also did). Almost the same distance but found it to be more interesting and have fun places on the river to stop for lunch and rest.

2 months ago

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

Absolutely stunning. True moderate hike. Give yourself more time than you think you need, though...you’ll wand to be able to really soak in the sights along this loop.

Rattle snake on the trail! Be careful

We did it in about 6 hours with an 11 and 15 yr old. Definitely doable but its a long trail and some challenging vertical especially after 10 miles of hiking ... so bring food and hydration. The description doesnt do the beach leg justice. We did the Irvine leg first, exiting Fern Canyon to the beach and hiking south along/in the water for 1 mile to the Miner Ridge trail head. There is a campground near the Miner entrance with nice bathrooms and even a shower. Wish we started earlier, took lunch and swim suits maybe and hung out on the beach longer, we only spent about 30 mins. This is gorgeous California coastline. Walked left (north) out of campground on dirt road to the gated tsunami escape road back on to trail.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Great trail. 10.1 mi. round trip from Shasta Mine parking (large horse trailer). About 8 from Peltier Campground (you can drive to) for regular hikers. 2066ft climb, not steep but good incline first couple miles from Peltier, then you really don't notice the incline from there. Great views. Done it many times.

Great Hike! You will experience The Redwoods, High up Ocean-views, Prairie, Marsh , Fern Canyon named because of ferns growing on the 50-foot high walls, through which runs Home Creek (Fern Canyon recognized as a World Heritage site and an International Biosphere Reserve)and The Ocean ..... We seen Roosevelt Elk (Largest species of Elk family) it was amazing with his brown velvet giant antlers . You have to look closely because when they a feeding they blend with the tree branches...It took us about 8 hours to hike back to car, we took our time for picnic and sauntering

camping
3 months ago

A little confusing at the start but once you cross the bridge and go through the campsite, you'll find the gated road that runs beside the bathrooms. That is the starting point. Hiked this trail at the end of May, still lots of wildflowers and runoff. The pools were a welcomed stop to take a break and cool off. The hike was partly shaded but if it gets too hot, as Redding does, a hat and sunscreen is a must. We forgot bug spray :/, won't forget next time ticks and mosquitos abound.
A nice shaded bench awaits atop Kanaka and I was worth the hike. The views both day and night were beautiful. A beautiful place to spend the night.

Beautiful hike, I split it for two days to really enjoy both parts separately. It really gives you a variety of different forests!

hiking
3 months ago

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

All private property.. two hour drive for nothing

Beautiful long hike through lots of different types of wilderness. The two stretches on Miners Ridge and James Irvine are the best parts.. hiking through the redwoods. There are a few steep sections, but they are fairly short. Fern Canyon was really neat, but they didn’t have the foot bridges up yet by late June, so your feet will get really wet if you try to go in too far, which is too bad. It would’ve been neat to see the entire thing. We ate lunch on the beach but opted not to hike it so we wouldn’t miss the turn in at Fern Canyon.

hiking
4 months ago

Most beautiful portion is the first mile through the old growth.

Solid! A little crowded.

Definitely recommend if you have a full day at Redwood. Gives you a full experience of the park, from giant redwoods to the coast. Mostly shaded hike (except coast part). If you decide to hike the beach part close to the water, it’s easy to miss the campground. We accidentally walked an extra mile— but the coastal views made it worth it. Start early and you’ll have the whole trail and foggy forest to yourself. Be ready to walk across makeshift bridges at fern canyon (or get your feet wet). Super fun trail!

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