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Tara Boehm reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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My car is not all wheel drive, and I did not have a problem getting to the trailhead. Bring cash if you don’t have a park pass. Wear water proof shoes. You will be walking in water ankle deep at some point briefly plus then you’re less concerned about getting your shoes wet and can truly enjoy the canyon.

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Carina and Julien Hoarau reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Beautiful trail through a canyon. Seasonal bridges aren’t up yet so you have to walk through the stream. The canyon is full of lush ferns, very serene little hike. The road to the trail head is pretty rough and had a couple of streams, we were in a low clearance sedan so pulled over at one particular stream (other sedans had too) and walked in - was only 1.5 miles so not a big deal - but adds time if you’re not ready for it. The staff member at the entrance station was really helpful and did pre warn us about this.

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Ben Scheiner reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Stunning. The road to the trailhead from the coast was in very poor condition - I would not attempt it in a compact car.

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Rick L reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Bela Szabadi reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Annika Kjos reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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So so beautiful! Wouldn’t classify as a hike-more as a really cool walk- but great for all ages. Bring waterproof shoes/prepare to get a little wet!

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Bela Szabadi reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Jeffrey Kelley reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Wet feet! Awesome trail!

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sharon Quallich reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Erica Rodriguez reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Diana Leach reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Photos do not do this hike justice. I felt like I was on another planet. Stunning!

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Chris Lane reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Amazing

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Rebecca Cheatham reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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so much wet but so fun

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Javier Sanchez reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Dusty Ventura reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Adam Bagnall reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Tina August reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Beautiful wet hike. This is a great hike to do in the winter months when the foot brushes are out & there are fewer people. We were prepared with bogs for the creek so we were able to complete the entire thing. Many others with water shoes (cold!) or tennis shoes so they couldn’t go all the way up the creek - which was great for us!

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Chris Lowe reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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This was a wet trek through a river bed with with steep walls covered in ferns. This is definitely something you need to see in person. Prepare to get your feet wet as you will cross the water a few times on the trail. They have planks, but they took them out due to heavy rain recently. There is a day use of eight dollars that is cash or check only. It includes use of the beach as well. You can use your National parks pass here or get in free of you’re a military veteran.

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Nicole Young reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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A great trail but come prepared in winter months. There are no footbridges and so you will need to get your feet wet in order to really see fern canyon. I brought water shoes which helped tremendously. Several groups were trying to cross on downed logs and it was unstable and not recommended. Several people fell in while I was there. (Given it’s only like 4 inches of water but when you have on your normal day shoes it can ruin the rest of your day/hike)

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Weiwei Levy reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Christina I reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Gorgeous!

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Miranda Joyce reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Cool trail, drive there required crossing 2 streams. Then the trail had several more streams to cross. Felt like a kid and the water was shallow. Did get my feet wet. Scenery was quite unique, felt like I was in a terrarium

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Denise Aguilar reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Easy hike. Definitely will get your shoes wet. Few logs to cross the water & are very slippery. Nice & cool in the canyon.

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Rita Davis reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Been three times. Once barefoot. Twice with kids. I choose weekday and morning because it’s always filled with people. Take your time and look at the small things. Bring a lunch, sit and eat by a waterfall.

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Melissa Goldman reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Geet C reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Aaron Bell reviewed Fern Canyon Loop Trail
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Amazing

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