Brandon Gulch via Riley Ridge Rd and Little Lake Sherwood Trail

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Jackson Demonstration State Forest

Brandon Gulch via Riley Ridge Rd and Little Lake Sherwood Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fort Bragg, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,318 feet Route Type: Loop

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mountain biking

running

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river

muddy

From Highway 1 in Fort Bragg, drive East on Hwy. 20 about 5.8 miles, turn left on Rd. 350 (marked with a sign for "Camp One"), go all the way down to the campground area (about 3 miles) and turn left on to a bridge, this road is Rd. 360, go one mile on 360 to the closed gate; this is where the hike starts, but you have to walk up the road about .4 mile to get to a bridge crossing North Fork of South Fork Noyo River; just as you get across the bridge turn left where a big rock sits, this is the official Trail Head (with sign).

hiking
4 months ago

This is well worth the short drive in off hwy 20. Beautiful views of the Noyo river and amazing views of an ancient redwood forest. Everywhere you look you can find the decaying stumps of former massive giants, now with cathedral tree growth with some upwards of 50 years to my estimation. I was blocked by heavy rain runoff at the beginning of the trail as there is no bridge across the North fork of the Noyo. I spent the day hiking a shorter 2 mile loop trail near the camp one and then walking up Roads 360 and 361. I brought my dog along and he was as happy as can be as we had the entire area to ourselves in mid January 2020. Can’t wait to walk the full trail.

backpacking
bugs
9 months ago

Hike with my kids ages 8 and 11. Low 80s during day. Lotsa mosquitos between dawn and dusk. Stayed at Volcano campsite and found water tank as we were leaving.

backpacking
bugs
11 months ago

hiking
Sat Aug 04 2018