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hiking
14 days 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!

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 ...

hiking
20 days 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.

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。

backpacking
1 month ago

The steep hike down from the trail head and the boulder filled hike out to the PCT were rough. The lake is stunning though with crystal blue water. I recommend it just take your time on the trails in/out.

on Bull Creek Flats Trail

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

One of the best place to go backpacking in California

Beautiful prairie!

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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!

Did this as a day hike today. Only went to Lower Lake...saw a bear coming down the mountain and we met eyes 40 yards away from each other and then he ran the other way. I only saw 3 people on the trail, which was surprising because I heard this is the most popular trail in this area. Takes a while to get out above the trees but once you do, the mountain views are awesome! Not really all that difficult of a hike, just a steady ascent most of the way. Took me about 5 hours, 15 miles. The waterfall and swimming hole is a great spot for a dip. Mosquitos were pretty annoying on and off.

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.

2 months ago

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

Great night or two backpacking destination. Warning, water is cold until late summer though!

I did this trail with my best friend when she graduated from Humboldt. It was the best backpacking trip ever! Beautiful and lots of camping places to choose from. We spent a few nights at the top just enjoying the wilderness. It requires a pass at the ranger station with a brief review of where you’ll be along the trail and how many nights you’re camping there.

This is an AMAZING hike. We luckily hiked it a few weeks ago before the fire started and did it as a day hike. The ascent is an ass kicker, especially the last mile. It’s worth overnighting simply to allow more time at all the awesome features. There are multiple waterfalls and swimming holes not to mention the lake at the top! In my opinion you get National Park like views with way less people. Enjoy this one! Follow all my adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

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
2 months ago

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

A great hike to ser the non tourist side of Lassen Park. It is not as diificult as rated with exception of the hike up the conder cone. spent the night at Snag lake and heard our bear visitor trying to get to the food canister, no luck so it moved on. A few hours later it roamed back by. Exciting.

3 months ago

This is a must to do, this is the most beautiful trail that leads down to the ocean. it is steep going down and coming back up but the walk through the Redwoods is breathtaking. as you get to the end as others have said it says bridge out but we walked across it with no problem at all and within 50 feet you're looking down at the ocean. this is a must-do

Loved this trip because it was pretty isolated and not as difficult as others have rated it.

Awesome!

Fantastic hike! Loved the variety of vegetation and forest area and the beach at the end. The trail signs say it is closed but just ignore it. The trail is usable and the bridge is fine. It looked like there was a bit of a washout which makes part of the trail trickier but definitely manageable. We saw lots of children and old folk using the trail so it is usable for all ages and types. So worth the steep climb down and back for the ocean/beach at the bottom.

Gorgeous trail with lots of variable scenery and great redwoods. By our GPS watches, it was approximately 9 miles in just under 4 hours while using the AllTrails map. Mid-June had plenty of poison oak along the trail, so be sure you can identify it before you get out there.

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