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if you're on the south Oregon coast, you will definitely want to see this.

hiking
21 days ago

The James Irvine Trail is a great trail. The trail is long but the elevation gains aren't too bad - I did need to stop and catch my breath at two spots on the return part of this out-and-back.

Went Thanksgiving weekend and most of the trail was covered in fallen redwood needles. It's generally lined on both sides with ferns for almost the entirety of the trail. And of course you wind your way through and around giant redwood trees. This trail constantly meanders, curving thus way and that, so it never feels like slog and the view is always changing.

Near the end, or halfway point, you can head to the beach, which makes for a nice break. If you don't mind wet shoes, you can also diverge from the James Irvine Trail to another trail (Fern Gulch? Something Fern-related) to walk through a small stream that has tall, fern-covered walls that are really beautiful.

In the 5.5 hours I spent hiking this trail (I stop a lot to take pictures) I only passed maybe a dozen or so people until I got to the beach (which isn't crowded but there are people there because you can also drive to that beach).

My advice for this trail is to start early - 9 AM or so - bring a lunch, water, and snacks for the beach, and walk at a comfortable pace; I could have easily spent 8+ hours out here taking photographs and enjoying the beach. Also bring a flashlight because it gets dark right at sunset.

Also, the trail can be slippery and there are exposed roots for much of the trail. I slipped and fell at one point because I was rushing.

hiking
1 month ago

Love love love this place! This time of year there were hardly anyone, very peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. It still amazes me that you can hike through a spectacular Redwood forest and end up on the beach (and a undeveloped beach)! We recorded about 12 miles total to get all the way to the beach for lunch and then head back. Saw very few people and felt complete solitude. Amazing scenery and energy. Definitely recommend.

Prairie> Big Tree>Cathedral was a great loop! I highly recommend it, easy, and beautiful trail.

Beautiful trail! There are many trailheads off the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway, so it's a great place to hike, but this trail was just perfect. Just less than 4 miles of hiking in beautiful, quiet, magnificent redwoods. The trail is well-maintained and there are some elevations, so the rating of 'moderate' is accurate. Would highly recommend this.

Great hike

LOVE! You have to do this! We went and there was nobody there and it was gorgeous :)

hiking
2 months ago

Came here on a Wednesday @2pm. becomes "off road" about 3 miles before the trail head. Unfortunately, my scion xb wouldn't make it to the head (due to "creek" more like puddle) all the way so we parked about a little over a mile before getting to the head. My friend and I didn't mind at all, it made the hike a little longer. The actual hike was beautiful, where good shoes, and take a camera. :)

hiking
2 months ago

This was just stunning. I highly suggest this to everyone. It wasn't a long or difficult hike/walk, and absolutely majestic.

hiking
2 months ago

We started this trail by the Big Tree parking lot. We went around the Circle trail and came across this trail. It is a fairly easy trail among beautiful tall Sequoia trees. It was a rare sunny day, but the tree tops kept us mostly shaded and cool. It was an awesome hike.

10/1/18
If you want to mix it up from just viewing Redwood trees I’d say this is a must do. While there were footbridges in place, and well placed rocks/logs, just plan on getting your feet wet. The trail makes a loop and returns via the forest on top of the canyon but I think most people do it as an out and back through the canyon as that’s the most interesting part. It’s a bit of a drive on a winding gravel road through the trees to get here, and it’s a day use fee area (unless you have a parks pass or other), but it’s worth it for this hike and the secluded stretch of coast.

We passed the trailhead twice before actually finding it. It was late afternoon, around 4:30 when we started. The beginning is all downhill, it’s a pretty easy descent. You can hear the waves throughout the trail and it’s really wonderful. There are parts of the descent that are dicey, I had to watch my footing from a steep fall off. We didn’t run into anyone on the trail at all on the way down. When we got down to the beach, it was pretty misty and it added to the eerie feel. It was so secluded and quiet, with only the waves and the trees and it was thrilling yet terrifying. The way back up was a lot more challenging than I was expecting, but I didn’t seem to mind the drop offs on the ascent. Overall, despite the steep incline on the way back up, it’s a cool, short trail with rewarding views at the end. I’d probably do it again.

Two words: Enchanted Forest. I've been on quite a handful of hikes, mostly on the East Coast, however, nothing has compared to what I saw here in the Redwoods. Such beauty and magic. Please note this is not a hike for "views" or a "workout", but rather to immerse yourself in the beauty of mother nature.

Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

So beautiful! A must see!

Beautiful, peaceful, easy hike! Well worth the drive back to the trailhead. My husband and I did this hike at 0900 and were the only ones around. Wear waterproof shoes/sandals as your feet will get wet. They filmed a scene from The Lost World Jurassic Park here if that excites you as well.

Astoundingly beautiful, even though well trafficked. Easy, even for older, less active folks. I suggest water shoes, you'll get your ankles wet unless you can cross the shallow river/creek on a log (easily done if you have someone with you to hold your hand). So worth the drive on a very narrow, sometimes dirt road riddled with blind turns. Loved it!

amazing to hike such great sights!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful. Great short hike. Only downsides are that access is 8 miles down a bumpy dirt road, and there are a lot of people. At least 30 cars in the parking lot for a 1-mile loop hike.

Fun area! Little crowded but so worth the sites!

beautiful a must see easy hike except to get wet feet

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous fern canyon, lush and moist.
Super easy hike, try to go early or late as it tends to attract large groups and families. Well worth the crowds though. It’s a unique canyon.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views of the big trees, ferns, and rainforest mosses. Worth your time

Interesting mostly because you are hopping on rocks and logs most of the time. Recommend wearing flip flops or wellies, not hiking shoes.

Go early and you’ll have entire trail to yourself

walking
5 months ago

added the revelation trail to make it about a mile.

Easy hike, but very nice. We took the foothill trail out and joined the Cathedral trail back to the visitor’s center. We only had a short time in the forest, but I was so glad we got to hike!

walking
5 months ago

I love getting to see the great trees—perfect little walk from the visitor’s center!

Love this to take friends who can’t walk far. Loop trail goes through quiet green forest with ferns, creeklets, and yes Big trees.

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