Ka Kahleh Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Bragg, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length4.9 miElevation gain134 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo shadeHistoric site
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=200): Noyo Headlands Park is situated on the bluffs in Fort Bragg on land that was formerly part of the Georgia Pacific lumber mill. This 93-acre park has spectacular views that have been off-limits to the general public for over a century and are now open to the public. There is a southern and northern trailhead with plentiful parking. You’ll share the trail with cyclists, strollers, roller bladers, hikers, runners, families, and dogs on leash. You might see oystercatchers and pelagic cormorants nest over the bluff edges, Peregrine falcons, geese, river otters, harbor seals, and even deer. Interpretive panels inform visitors about the park’s plants, birds, Native American history, and the mill. Completed in 2016, the Ka Kaleh Trail was created as one segment of the vast California Coastal Trail system. The trail is about 6 miles roundtrip and is a popular spot for both locals and visitors. The difficulty rating on this trail is based on the experience that a wheelchair or stroller user may have. The Crow's Nest visitor center is accessible and housed in a redwood A-frame building and run by the Noyo Marine and Science Center. Although small there's lots to see, touch and learn about through environmental exhibits. Hours: Thursday-Monday 11:00am – 3:00pm. The weather can change drastically while you are here, so make sure to bring a few layers. A sun-drenched early spring day can become "socked in" as fog sneaks in and quickly settles on the landscape, changing the vibe to mysterious yet peaceful. Accessibility: There is designated handicapped-accessible parking at the west ends of North Harbor Drive, Cypress Street, and Elm Street that is firm and has a cross slope of 2% or less. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are by the visitor center, the Cypress and Elm St. parking lots and near the wetlands. None have sinks and they are locked overnight. One accessible picnic table (firm and stable surfaces and paths, and at least 27 inches of knee clearance) is near the parking lot, the other is about a quarter-mile north from the lot down a short gravel spur trail. Both have spectacular views. To experience the trail in its entirety, double back from the Cypress St. parking lot about ¼ mile by heading south towards Pomo Bluffs Park. There you will find a few preserved historic sites and ruins. The trail begins at a historic cemetery, which has an eerie vibe when the fog rolls in. It is typically at least four feet wide. From here, one can look from the bluffs to the beach below, where the Pomo River feeds into the Pacific, and which still has remnants of the logging mill that was here for many years. Continue northwest on the trail, past the picnic area and parking lot, and head towards the western bluffs. Follow the meandering trail amongst the newly planted grassland and native plants. There are many interpretive panels along the way that detail the history of this park and its tragic past involving the native Noyo people and the settlers who exploited them. There are many spur trails along the way that showcase local artisans interpretations of benches, all created with natural materials. The spur trails are a gravel mix with a firm underlayment and easy to navigate in a power chair and should be fine for strong manual wheelchair users. At about midway on the trail, you will come to the Visitor Center. After that, the trail curves inland a bit to skirt some wetlands then continues along the shoreline.

Public bathrooms at both ends of the trail.

Parking lot access is via a gate at the corner of South Main St. and Cypress St. Lots of parking available.

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Christina De Simone
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Very nice to walk or run. We went off the paved road to get wonderful views of the rocks and tide pools. Lots of seals and birds to see along this trail. The water treatment plant does smell horrible, so best to get your heart rate up and jog during that part. It’s also very “industrial” around that area and you lose close up views of the ocean, which our group didn’t like. I did this all the way to Glass Beach from the south parking lot.

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jason markham
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Hiking
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Toma To
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Walking

The trail was very nice, and the the ocean. views are great. It would be nice if there were more access to the tide pools and ocean area. One immense negative is walking by the waste water treatment plant. the smell is absolutely breathtaking. It loses 2 stars for that, easily.

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Joseph Geren
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Hiking
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Bob McKinney
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Hiking
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Gary Payne
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Nature trips

Finally made it to Glass Beach. It was a little underwhelming. We did find this glass and it was fun searching. We left it for the next adventurers.

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Andy Klahn
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Mountain biking
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Rik Davis
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Mike McCoy
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Hiking

Nice cool ride.

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Elvira Velasquez
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Hiking

As many mentioned this is more of a stroll than a hike. Jogging/running makes it more challenging but walking along the beach is so peaceful! Walked all the way to Glass Beach and hung out before heading back.

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Lynnette Koehn
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Road bikingNo shade

Super easy.. biked the trail. Plenty of others using either walking, scooters , dogs, and other bikes. Had to keep eyes on the road .. plenty of places to stop and read the information boards about the area and plants

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Kelly Carpenter
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Hiking

Beautiful!!!

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Natalia D
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Hiking

Went to see the glass beach since I haven't been here for 19 years. Still glass left just tiny pieces. Nice trail though along the coast.

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Steffen Irmscher
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Hiking

Ok, but not the best in the area. Other hikes are further removed and less crowded. This one is accessible for wheelchairs though and has toilets on the way and at each end.

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Ben Hamner
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Hiking

Nice walk by the glass beach and partway along the trail towards Fort Bragg (didn’t do the full bluff hike). Glass beach crowded, on small amount of small pieces left. Scenic windy bluff hike.

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Briana Swanson
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Road biking

Bathrooms not open:( easy paved ride if your looking to enjoy the ocean :)

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Vinesh Shah
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Hiking

Was expecting more from this trail based on the number of reviews and the ratings. Don’t like to rate things low so sharing thoughts so others can pick alternate trails. Shortcomings Imho- no beaches to stop by, few spots that has lot of foot traffic without masks and half way though the trail veers of the oceans and passes a poop processing plant. Anyways we made the best of it and enjoyed the ocean breeze and views.

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Jody Daskam
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Hiking

There are some really great spots on this trail for ocean views and pictures. It's a paved path with lots of bicyclists, strollers, dog walkers and joggers or walkers. There were two bathrooms along the way, which is great. I would have given it five stars except for the middle section where the waste water treatment plant kinda ruined it for me. If I do this one again, I will turn around once I reach that spot and make it a shorter walk. I got lots of great photos.

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Douglas Sears
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Hiking

great seashore & ocean views

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Nikhil Argade
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Hike with Pillu on Valentine’s Day!

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Shawna Mcdevitt
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Hiking

Really took my time, forgot to pause the recording for a while but I was so distracted by the beautiful views. Look forward to many places to sit and enjoy.

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Desiree Pullens
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If you are in a wheelchair; great path but still do only half. The municipal area in the middle gives a strange smell

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Jennifer Herbert
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Hiking

good for Biggie

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Jennifer Herbert
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Hiking

good for cloudy days

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Tara Johnson
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HikingRocky

Great views of the ocean. Lots of people though. The trails are rocky and sandy but easy for any type of hiker.

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M W
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Walking

Nice walk along the coastline. Glass beach is worth visiting and reading about. Never seen a beach from old trash glass before.

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Tracy Grammer
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Not a hike; a lovely walk, with plenty of joggers too. Dirt path offshoots from the paved trail for those who want to get out on the rocks (carefully, of course). Lots of signage describing the history and plant life. Great place to catch a sunset.

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Teresa Martyny
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stairs washed out for glass beach, but it has beautiful views

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