nature trips




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wild flowers

trail running

Set aside in the early 1920s by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. Prairie Creek, situated 50 miles north of Eureka off of Highway 101, offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. This park, along with Del Norte Coast, 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. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

Amazing! So lush and green. I loved the walls of ferns.

Fantastic Hike. We hiked this on July 21 with our 3 kids: 13, 11 and 3. They loved the hike. We saw huge slugs, big redwoods, and then walked up and down the beach for an hour and a half and watched the tide come in. A great hike!

One of the best redwood hikes there is! You can camp halfway on the beach with a permit. I would not say the trail is hard, don't let that deter you from going on this beautiful hike.

This trail is a little bit magical but potentially underestimated.

This was our first true foray into the Redwoods and the first half mile or so of Ten Taypo is pretty enchanting. It's so lush and alive with ferns, brooks, and a general aura of life that it's tempting to stop and explore further every couple of feet.

However, as fun as it can be to stop and investigate every banana slug and brook, you'll need to account for this trail's distance. We approached Ten Taypo as a stroll through beauty—and it was—but we also quickly realized that spending 30-45 minutes exploring and cruising through the first mile or so along the trail floor was setting the stage for a longer hike than we'd planned.

On account of our slow start, this hike turned into a little bit of a grind. Never terribly difficult, but there were certain points—particularly after we'd climbed into a more standard wooded environment with much less ground cover—where it felt like we should be approaching the end but knew we still had two miles to go.

That said, this trail (and the Redwood region as a whole) should be cherished. You can power through this one pretty well if you like, but it's worth soaking in everything it has to offer. Give yourself some extra time in your schedule to enjoy it but just keep in mind there's still a ways to go after climbing out of the lower region.

13 days ago

Stunning -- a must-see!!!

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