Dolason Prairie Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length8.7 miElevation gain2,253 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersNo dogs
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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Orick: Follow Highway 101 northward to Bald Hills Road. Turn right and travel 11.5 miles to the Donalson Prairie Trailhead.

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Nick P
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Loved this trail, even though it was an intense 5ish miles back up to the trailhead from Redwood Creek (~2500ft elevation gain). First part of the trail brings you to an old barn on the prairie with great views. Then descend into the woods and you can take it down to Redwood Creek or even Tall Trees Grove. I recommend at least going to the Emerald Creek bridge.

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Gene Joyce
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a beautiful and fantastic hike if you are able to arrange shuttle service back to Dolason Prairie trailhead.

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Robert Traveller
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Zak Abreu
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It’s very Beautiful this National Park has it all! This isn’t really a hard Trail it’s easy there’s a barn which you can enter if you want very Exciting! the yellow Prairies and Forests were so Beautiful and Nostalgic it reminds me of a Fairy Tale definitely a must Hike in Redwoods National Park totally recommended! I’ll definitely go on this Trail again.

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Jonny Gen
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Such a beautiful trail in Northern California redwoods national park went on this trail like in august 23 I think In august 22 I went to miners ridge James irvine trail and completed that trail as well as this one too yes that’s right I have lots of energy I’m one of those people that hike on trails everyday without having to rest or get exhausted no coffee or anything that gives you energy just eat breakfast and start my day you may think I’m exaggerating but I’m serious either I’m not human or I’m super energetic and healthy anyways it took me like 5 hours to finish the trail out and back not bad considering the weather that day was pretty sunny like high 70s make sure to bring plenty of water because it’s a pretty long hike views are stunning almost all the way the start of the trailhead starts with forests and prairies then the couple of miles or so you enter the woods and prairies again etc beautiful trail.

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Haley Uriz
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Beautiful hike in the hills and woods. Came across 2 bears on my trek out there...be careful if you’re out in late July, or August. A whistle is advised for safety. Otherwise I loved the experience, I plan on coming back more prepared and hopefully no bears lol

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Cecilia Marti
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Beatiful Views. You can find Woods and praire on the same trail. We did it with rain and it was even more adventurous. I totally recomend it.

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Lindsay W
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Pretty intense, but beautiful hike! We saw 3 adult tics by the barn, and LOTS of bees! I got stung twice inside one of the tree coverings in the prairie. We logged 10 miles out and back from the trail head to Emerald Creek. Would highly recommend this hike, we didn’t see any other people! We did see a giant gopher snake though. A little bit of everything!

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Natalie M
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Loved this hike so much! It was beautiful right from the start. You begin in the prairies and we did see many ticks so be on the look out! After the prairie you head into an old growth redwood forest with a few fallen trees blocking the trail. We made it down to Emerald Creek and took a break here. Heading back up was a challenge as it’s a slow and steady incline the entire way back. Overall worth it and would definitely do this hike again!

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Whende Be
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Loved this varied scenery & challenging hike...Absolutely beautiful from start to finish.. Plan to spend time at the creek before the ascent back up 5.1 miles & 2400' elevation. Saw one other group, but pulled DOZENS of TICKS off myself! The grasses were my height through the prairies. An odd, aside... I saw someone off trail, heading up the hillside at the point where yo follow a dirt road for a little while. I was also noticing all the daisies appeared blue-ish, in a distance. Once i got to where the trail left the road, I saw someone had just sprayed the daisies with blue dye, there were still droplets.

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Kyle Leitzke
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Beautiful as mentioned. Many different settings and views. There are a dozen or so spots with trees and branches down but otherwise very clear. Many caterpillars out right now so watch your step. I would definitely do this trail again. :-)

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Dustin Peregrin
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Hit the trail head at 1pm today,Saturday April 6. The parking lot was full but we never saw another soul once we left the trailhead. Bathrooms at the trailhead. Tracked using Map My Ride on an iPhone XS and logged 11.9 miles from the trailhead on Bald Hills Rd down to Redwood Creek and back. The creek is a good place to have a snack and is about a half mile past the bridge. Be careful, the bridge is slippery when wet and a fall would be devastating if not fatal. Spring flowers were just starting to bloom, saw deer North of the barn on the way down and elk to the South of the barn on the way up. The hike out is rough guys! Almost 6 miles straight uphill. Not a beginners hike. Did not see any trash on the trail, thanks for packing it out!

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Paul Sheppard
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This is a great balance of high grass land descending down to old growth redwood creek drainage terrain. The Emerald creek bridge is awesome. Be prepared for a good hike out.

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Aly Krystkowiak
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This hike had a little of everything! Including ticks.... wear bug spray! And save lots of energy for climb out :)

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Suz P
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My absolute favorite hike in Humboldt County. Little bit of everything. Prairies, Meadows, forest, old-growth, bridges & redwood creek. Long hike but def worth it. 11 miles or so round trip. I rarely see anyone on this trail either! Give it a go ;)

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Anthony Caltabiano
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Very pretty trail. Accessed from either the top, or can start at bottom via Tall Trees grove. If done from top, you can do this trail as the listed short version which turns around at a creek, or go to the tall trees trailhead (12mi). From there you can extend your journey by doing the tall trees trail as well. Doing this will make the dolason prairie trail a total of 16-17mi! Cuts down through the balds with great views of the valley and ocean in the distance. Continues through varying forest types. Is rather steep especially considering the out/back nature of the trail!

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Jerry Haugen
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This is a great trail if you are prepared for a 2200 foot elevation change from the top to the bottom. The hike back out is all uphill. We hiked the trail in June and the weather was perfect. There were lots of wildflowers and various fungi along the trail. There were also black bears in the area - we saw one as well as evidence that they had been eating blackberries. As far as other hikers, we met one couple pass us going up the trail and again back down as we were headed down. They were camping on a gravel bar in Redwood Creek. Another couple left the trail as we were getting started - they had seen two bears and promptly ended their hike. See the link for more details, photos and a video.

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Chelsea Saeland
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Christopher Ruiz
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Meron debesai
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Zackary Van Hauwaert
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nae ayu
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Sydney Waddell
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Shaun Collins
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Valerie Norton
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ken anello
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Jeffrey Heller
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Vernon Gerzen
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