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Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, established in 1927, has approximately 50% old growth coast redwood and eight miles of wild coastline. The park is located two miles off Highway 101 about 7 miles south of Crescent City. The mixed understory includes tanoak, madrone, red alder, big leaf maple, and California bay. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species. Vegetation is predominately red alder which will eventually give way to fir and second growth redwood. The topography is fairly steep with elevations from sea level to 1277'. The predominant mountain range is oriented in a north-south direction with steep cliffs adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, making the bulk of the rocky sea coast generally inaccessible except by Damnation Trail and Footsteps Rock Trail. Wilson Beach or False Klamath Cove, 1/2-mile of sandy beach, is meant for strolling and provides excellent tide pool viewing at low tide. It is not safe for swimming due to the steep beach slope, rocky conditions, frequent rough seas and cold water. This park, along with Prairie Creek, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California.

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.

lots of variety in this hike. towards the end the vegetation gets very thick and s little humid then suddenly everything opens up and you are on the beach with an incredible view

Good beach views at end if you go past the broken bridge. Mud and trail washout makes conditions difficult for unaccustomed hikers closer to sea level, we encountered several people who turned around early.

Great for if you would like some lovely coastal views and don’t have a ton of time to explore.

hiking
2 months ago

Honestly couldn't have asked for better, other than the state penitentiary fire department using the trail also to clear debris from a recent storm, which was a little freaky for two women. If you come to the sign and see its closed, don't stop! The bridge is deemed unsafe but i'm sure you can slide into the creek and cross it relatively easily. We took the bridge one at a time but it's wobbly.
The hike back is killer, layer up on the way down and strip to a tank top or t shirt because the hike up will challenge anyone. Pack light.

One of my favorite trails. Great combo of giant redwood trees, creeks, ferns, ocean and a good workout (heading back). The trail head is not well marked but the post is there right off 101 right in the middle of the current road repair. Make sure you enter to the right side of the trail sign.
I started at 930am, there was not a soul on the trail. When you see the “downed” bridge you are 100yards from the beach. You can easily navigate around the bridge to cross the creek; it’s worth the effort for the view at the ocean. Stayed for an hour at the ocean just soaking in the sun, solitude and the beauty...
Down slope was a bit slippery, And fairly steep in couple sections, I can see it getting dicey under wet condition - wear good hiking shoes if raining.
Amazing short trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this April 4th. The hike was beautiful. The trek back up was a little rough but definitely manageable. One of my favorite hikes of all time. The payoff was great!

great views great hike

on Damnation Creek Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail. Time yourself and know your limits, coming out can be tough. Amazing seeing old growth to the beach. Can’t beat.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike! I loved hiking through the beautiful redwoods and coming out at the beach. The hike back up is a bit tiring but soo worth the it!

hiking
10 months ago

May discover a fantastic view with the combination of the sun & fog. Therefore you'd like to do it before 1pm. A bit pity that they closed the bridge to the beach this summer (2017 August). Yet, so much fun hike up and down so better for you to prepare a pair of good hiking shoes. (Some places a bit slippy, pay attention)

hiking
10 months ago

Damnation Creek Trail is a great hike through the coastal redwoods, winding through literally thousands of old growth trees. The trail is lined with huge ferns and lush redwood sorrel. If you don't want the big elevation change, just stroll up the first half mile or so of this trail. The footbed is ideal: wide, softly cushioned, and few roots or rocks. It's one place that you can gaze up at the giant trees without tripping -- don't try that on the Boy Scout Tree Trail, where the nearly continuous nest of hazardous roots demands constant vigilance.

The trail sign says steep and strenuous, but in fact the route is well graded on 23 switchbacks (some very short). The only steep part (temporarily) is climbing around the derelict bridge at the beach end... a bit slippery if there is mud. The return hike climbs steadily but seems mild despite the 1100-foot ascent. Perhaps the fantastic forest scenery distracts! Take it slow and easy, and the beautiful hike ends too quickly.

Once the trail crosses to the west side of the ridge, the bad highway noise (trucks ascending the mountain) soon fades. Frankly we did not notice the intrusion until the return trip. The moisture from the Pacific must keep the sea slope wetter, since it didn't appear dried out in August like other areas did.

About halfway to the bottom, the trail slabs a steep gorge; you are looking out at the mid-story of redwoods still towering above, but the trucks originate far below in the gorge. It's a great way to appreciate how tall these "plants" really are! Then the redwoods give way to mature western hemlock and other trees. The beach itself is long and lovely at low tide, with natural arches in the cliff and sea stacks. You could walk at least a half mile south along the cove's beach, but pay attention to an incoming tide or you might get trapped! Near high tide, the beach would be inaccessible and dangerous.

We had the beach all to ourselves for an hour in the late morning, at the time of day that other trails already are jammed. Definitely arrive early if you want the experience of complete solitude among the splendor of the redwoods. They are beautiful even if there is fog, and the trail is easy to follow.

The "real" trailhead is right at mile marker 16.0. The parking spreads out along the road, so there are many trampled exits like a river delta. Go have fun, whether or not you venture beyond the upper, nearly-level portion of the trail!

Great interpretive trail for kids with signs to explain a few things. It was the only trail of 4 in the park today that I saw anyone. A family of 4 with 2 small children enjoying listening to their father while he read one the info from one of the signs... A sign on this trail was where I learned the term "goosepen". It's located right by the entrance station and need of a few repairs but the park was closed for a few years. It'll take a while for them to get caught up.

hiking
11 months ago

Did several trails today near and around the Mill Creek campground. This was intended to be done with the Hobbs Trail but it was closed due to a bridge being out. I actually did it in the winter and it wasn't a problem but the park was closed and no ranger to tell me not to do it. Mill Creek was closed for a few years due to budget cuts and just reopened this spring. This was the best trail I did today and will be back to do it the way I intended and lay down a track.

hiking
11 months ago

Short trail through young redwoods above Mill Creek campground I found by accident while doing another trail today. Enjoyable little hill to begin and end on... Very nice quiet campground.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice little short trail around part of Mill Creek campground. Some small second growth redwoods on a trail that is borderline easy for most but still enjoyable. The campground was full but amazing quiet... it looks like a great place to camp.

Hike was very scenic. There is a little bit of everything to see on this hike from huge redwoods to a beautiful beach. It was challenging, but rewarding. Ocean view made this hike worth the difficult climb back. Bridge is closed, but we were able to navigate the terrain down the right side of the bridge and cross the very small creek to the other side. After the creek, it was about .1 miles to the beach.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail! Amazing redwoods, great ocean views. Trail is not in great shape however, somewhat overgrown. Also there is a sign that says a bridge is out and there is no beach access, however we were able to make it to the beach just fine, no bridge issues or anything. Good trail.

walking
11 months ago

This was a nice little walk in the woods. We ended up here by accident while looking for Damnation Creek Trail (which we never found :-( ). There were nice views and a beach access where we rested and watched surfers. There are facilities, which is nice, and may be a reason to choose this trail for a picnic spot.

hiking
11 months ago

went over 4th of july weekend on this lovely trail. when you get to the beach, look for a trail that veers off to the right for the stairway access so you don't have to scramble over the rocks. the cool weather definitely worked in my favor on the way back up, lol!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Going down is easy peasy and the views and beach are amazing! Coming back up is a little harder but totally worth the trip.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Wow. Wow. Wow. The beach sneaks up on you at the end, and it is absolutely glorious. This was the hardest "moderate" hike I've done, but it was worth it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A really great short(er) hike. If you do any sort of elevation change hiking you will be totally fine on the way back. Otherwise take lots of breaks. Even though there is a sign that says bridge failure you are able to take the trail all the way out to the beach.

Monday, June 05, 2017

We have done about 15 hikes in the last week and a half across the country and this is by far in the top 2. Great trail, well maintained, easy to follow. I will say it is moderate trail going down....and hard coming back up. I'd be in shape to do this one!!! Well worth it though you get redwoods, green feens, and rock beach with succulent covered cliffs all in one trail!!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

this is such an amazing breathtaking hike. Great views, coming back up I thought, was easier than going down. So worth the trek and 1000ft drop

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful scenery! It is quite a hike back out, but don't let that stop you.

walking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Super easy little walk. If you are passing by and stopping at the beach go ahead and knock it out, otherwise don't seek this one out if you are looking for a hike.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

I loved this trail, really cool terrain on the north end of the loop! Hiked this yesterday and the winter took its toll on this trail...lots of down brush, a washed out bridge (still passable) and huge fallen tree across the trail. Trail is still clearly marked and easy to follow, happy trails.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great little morning workout with a beach view at the end, nice cove! Make sure you start at the trailhead - hiking lesson #1 haha epic fail (you will know what I am talking about if you don't). A sign said the bridges were washed out but they were stable and intact.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

This trail looks rad on paper but so far this season it is too soon to attempt it. There are trees and limbs down all over the place and we lost the trail more than once in the first hundred yards. We turned around and came out an eighth of a mile from where we had parked. The hike looks great just not ready yet.

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