Skunk Cabbage Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Skunk Cabbage Trail is a 7.1 mile out and back trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

7.1 miles
1,266 feet
Out & Back




wild flowers

no dogs

1 month ago

fun hike , pretty easy miles , trails is nice , can get a little soggy at differnt times of the year, but thats the north coast for ya .. goes thru some nice forests , creeks , then eventually the ocean .. good additon of some more easy miles is a walk on to patricks point ..

3 months ago

loved the beach access. Didnt see a soul.

5 months ago

The first couple miles of the hike to the overlook of the coast was an easy, but beautiful hike. Beautiful with extremely lush, and green forest and ferns. A tad muddy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Really a 3 1/2 star hike for me. The 1st 2.5 miles to the overlook and back would be a very easy hike and the next loop of 3 miles on the coastal trail are a little more difficult. While it a pretty hike with the forest and ferns it's a one and done for me. The hike is 8 miles and the gain is less than 1200'. It's signed for 10.2m but I only did the 8 to the beach and back. It's a decent hike that I'd recommend but there are much better hikes in the area.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Didn't make it all the way to the beach our first time through. Great day hike to get to the overlook and lunch though. We went in early May and it was quite wet in a few spots but nothing we couldn't slog through. There's also a lot of roots in the trail so you've got to watch your step and pause when you want to look up at the beautiful trees. Great scenery all along the trail and a nice view down to the beach at the part before the trail to the beach. I think the mileage might be a bit off though, and longer than the signage claims. Hopeful to make it back soon and plan for an hour to rest at the beach before heading back. Or having a pick-up planned at Gold Bluff Beach!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Great hike! Longest trip with the baby on my back and it was gooood! Made it all the way to the beach for lunch and then headed back. Really beautiful and highly recommended .. You don't have to be an avid hiker for this .. Just one foot in front of the other for quite some miles :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Great hike for us baby boomers. Redwoods, ferns, etc. We went all the way to the beach which made it 10.5 miles round trip. We were amazed to find 20 plus elk bed down on the beach when we arrived and they kept us company as we ate lunch. Watch out for tree roots on certain parts of the trail! Also one walking bridge was partially collapsed but posed no problem getting across.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Actually 10.5 round trip when going on to the beach access site. It is well worth it. We were greeted by the sight of over 20 elk bed down on the beach and, as we ate our lunch, they nonchalantly grazed around us. The trail is very scenic, (redwwods, ferns) and was a quite a work out for us baby boomers. Careful of the roots in some sections as inattention may result in a spill.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

This is definitely a moderate hike. There are tree roots that you have to be careful not to trip on and a bit of a climb to the overlook. We turned around at the overlook but you can continue on to the beach.

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