nature trips



wild flowers

5 days ago

Doing the whole hike is super worth it. Other than some poison oak being present, the trail was very peaceful and a good workout at some points.

beautiful high beginners interpretive trail. It ends at a awesome spot by the creek. Nice short hike.

19 days ago

loved this trail! It's an easy hike lots to see and gold mining history and even ends at a creek

Love this trail. It's short and sweet, filled with wild flowers, small waterfalls and the river.

Beautiful trail but there is TONS of poison oak right now. Be careful.

1 month ago

It was a really nice, well maintained trail lined with beautiful wildflowers.
I did it in the pouring rain and the trees did a good job lightening the rain.
The only downside is that there’s no viewpoints or anything, though the flowers and misty woods make up for it.

1 month ago

Beautiful redwoods at the beginning!

on French Hill Trail

2 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Pretty flowers, lush forest in some areas. This is roughly 3 miles uphill, and 3 miles downhill. Great for some quick exercise, but no real views and the top is just a road. Great way to kill almost 2 hours and get your heart rate up. Seemed well used, passed 4 different groups of hikers.

Beautiful with lots of history and it even ends at the creek.

Great workout as the three miles there is all uphill via switch backs. The trail is very well maintained and nice views in a few places. Expected the end of the trail to be at a lookout, not a Mt. road but still a nice hike. My 8 year old hiked this with me and we ran some of the trail on the way down. Will do it again for sure. This is a six mile hike there and back. Not sure why it says 4.8 miles.

4 months ago

Great view on top, highly recommend. Good time to visit would be in spring or summer, you can prob do it in fall and winter but just be careful of rain or snow.

Beautiful trail but be ready for a workout!!!!

6 months ago

Great trail. Hard a first. A lot of uphill the first half mile. The end is worth it. Being right on the river is great. Dogs are also allowed. It is posted on the state park website.

8 months ago

My hubby and I backpacked to the campsite and stayed for a night. It was very quiet and beautiful. Saw lots of dwarf irises, and banana slugs. I liked how lush the campsite was. We didn't see any bears. We didn't see any other hikers until we were headed down.

9 months ago

Not a difficult hike, but probably wouldn't recommend it with small children only because you have to walk looking down a lot due to a lot of roots that grew threw the trail. If you're not paying attention you're likely to trip. My husband and I enjoyed this trail very much especially because it ended at the creek. We also saw a deer on the trail

9 months ago


This is not a challenging hike, but is more for plant lovers who enjoy walking slowly and paying attention to all of the diverse species growing along this short trail. I saw carnivorous pitcher plants, wild ginger and plenty of ferns. One plant I did not see was poison oak. I took my dog, he enjoyed it too!

9 months ago

This trail follows south fork of the Smith a few hundred feet above the river along the slope of the canyon. Highlights include diverse plant life, occasional views of the river and the verdant green slopes of the canyon. I also heard shooting and I think there's a shooting range on the other side of the river. The poison oak is present along the whole trail but gets much worse the last half mile stretch before the river. I took my dog on this trail since I didn't see any postings saying otherwise. It's a good hike for dogs since there don't seem to be too many in the area. I did this hike on a beautiful September day. I was surprised with how much running water there was. Really nice to see.

10 months ago

Started this today... Pretty hot and a bit smoky. The farther I went the more I heard gunshots in front of me. Either it's deer season or there were poachers or maybe even target practicing.... but I've learned when I get that gut feeling to listen, so I reversed and didn't finish. Nice trail that I'll go back and finish another time. Plenty of poison oak on this one. Time for me to get out the Tecnu!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The trail was beautiful. Lots of wild life , including bears .

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nice drive this morning on our way to some trails.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Started the hike at 10:30 am and the temp was 36 degrees. It probably was colder at the top around 01:00 pm. Any time the trail was exposed it was frozen. Pretty crunchy... The trail climbs about 1600' and out and back to the park boundary is 10 miles. The climb is steady but never really that steep. It's a very steady ascent for about 4 miles. I really enjoyed the trail's variety. The 1st mile or so are nice but small redwoods compared to the rest of the park. After that you go through a lot of different types of forest. The only real negative to me was some parts of the trail had gravel and I much prefer natural surfaces. I never saw another hiker and was very surprised I didn't see Elk or Deer even though I saw signs that they're there. It will be one of my go to hikes in the future and one I highly recommend.

Friday, November 11, 2016

If you don't really like to hike hills don't do this one....... this is just one hill nearly 3 miles long. The only flat part is the top 1/16 of a mile. It's an excellent hike for conditioning which is why I chose to do it. The trail is challenging for most and may be on the top end of moderate and is in very good shape. It's probably best done in the fall and winter. It's structured well enough it could also be done in the rain. There were several little creeks that my lab Brook really enjoyed... There are a couple of places with very nice views as well. #267

Monday, October 31, 2016

Did this and the nearby Wellman Trail today. This is a very easy trail that is a little unusual because much of it runs along a ditch because it was an old gold mining operation. This is an excellent trail for someone not use to hiking much. Pretty gentle with only a little altitude gain at the very beginning... Brook, my lab, loved this trail because of all the little waterfalls and feeder creeks. She didn't miss any...

scenic driving
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Beautiful drive and a few good trails to do as well.

trail running
Friday, October 07, 2016

A good training hill for trail ultramarathons. Definitely a 3 mile trail one way. Great trail! Well built and holding up well. Extremely runnable.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The first three miles, from Hwy 199 to French Hill Rd, are up hill all the way. After not doing much hiking through the winter this was a quite a workout. But it felt great to get to the top and the views are nice.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

We were hiking to the backcountry campground but it was dark already, so I missed most of scenery going up. It was a whole different adventure going in the dark. Very eerie, extremely quiet. Didn't see anybody on the trail or at the campground, but this was late November. This is NOT a redwood area, but still very pretty. It isn't easy in the least bit. Literally uphill the entire way with a steep incline. Add backpacking gear to that and you have a great workout. We saw some people while going down the next morning.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love this trail. My husband and i are just getting back into biking but this trail is awesome it is a butt kicker with a beautiful view. We havent yet completed it yet but we are getting closer to the end.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What a great conditioning hike.... Very peaceful hike! Power walked up, ran down!

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