Haul Road Coastal Trail [CLOSED]

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MacKerricher State Park

Haul Road Coastal Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Bragg, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 203 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

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washed out
4 months ago

Visited McKerricker on Saturday January 4th. Access to north end parking not available due to ocean incursion across road. Park in group camping and you have to take a long hike around the lake, or across the beach. Headlands and tide pools a bit difficult to reach. Wait till King tides are complete and road repaired. Otherwise access in other locations. Great hike for all persons when open

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6 months ago

I thought it was amazing. It’s definitely not a tough trail and probably would have been better for a bike trail. But I went off the trail and followed the coast and it was amazing. Beautiful views. Amazing sunset.

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Tue Mar 12 2019

Beach for miles and miles. We saw seals at low tide on the rocks before MacKerricher. Easy access to a paved sidewalk above the dunes. Epic waves and coastal scenes!

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Fri Jan 25 2019

Awesome! Caught it on a warm January day, great coastal trails and views the whole way. Great hike.

Sun Sep 23 2018

What a great walk

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Wed Jul 18 2018

Camped at east area at MacKerricher and left from there. We've done the portion on the point before so we didn't do it as part of this hike. Long, flat, maintained service road is like 75% of the hike. Great Pacific views and plenty of little beaches to stop at. Once you're at Fort Bragg it is sidewalk...and Glass Beach is so-so if you are just two adults. Not much to look at eastward the whole walk. Good to do as an activity if you're camping where we were to get some exercise...but I think a bike would be more fun...with a picnic on these hard to get to beaches.

Mon Jun 18 2018

Camped at Surfwood, so started the trail from the Main Beach day use parking area across the street from the campgrounds. I took the boardwalk to the point. On the return walk from the point, when the boardwalk starts to loop back around, there are trails that lead from the boardwalk. You have to hop down from the boardwalk; the trails aren’t marked with signage. I took one of them, and it was awesome for about a mile. It was a foggy, misty morning, but was still beautiful. Saw a Plover and pretty, bright red coastal succulents. After about a mile though, the trail hits a waterway and is overgrown, but detours to actual old haul road. A lot of cyclists and more people. It was early still, so I’m sure that road gets a lot more traffic later in the day. I was hoping for a longer trail along the coast. Still was a lovely and easy walk.

Thu Jun 18 2015

Best ride we had on vacation! We road bikes from one end to the other and made a detour after glass beach for Hamburgers from Jennies Giant Hamburgers. Then an easy ride back to the start. Awesome views, wide, well done path.

walking
Sun Apr 05 2015

along the shore, what could not be more beautiful, relaxing, perfect vacation! we have done every bit of this trail many times many years and keep coming back! going from camp to the quiet beaches north to the Ten Mile River, recorded 9.6 miles out and back along the sandy shore seeing very few people! head south from camp through the cliffs and haul road all the way to glass beach and or town,approx 7miles out and back is beautiful with quite a few people but very worth it! we jog, walk, walk the dog (although no dogs aloud on ten mile dune )hike, bike, etc!

Sun Oct 27 2013

best spot ever

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Sat Oct 12 2013

This trail is well-used by hikers, although it is mostly paved and could be great for cyclists if it were better maintained and improved near the lagoon on the northern end of the trail. This trail is a scenic alternate for the Pacific Coast Bike Route, which traverses the length of the California coast.

walking
Thu Jul 14 2011

Beautiful day on the beach with my good friend. Then the next day had to show my hubby what I had discovered. Walked only about 2 miles out and back but saw seals, birds, and collected sand dollars from the sand. It was absolutely beautiful.

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