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Skunk Cabbage Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
#5 of 22 trails in

Skunk Cabbage Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,295 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: Users report that the road to the trailhead is CLOSED due to downed trees, however the trail is still accessible. Please check the park page for more information.

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over grown
2 months ago

Trail was amazing, with beautiful views of the forest and ocean. The reason for a 4 star is due to the overgrowth on trail as you near the ocean. Great trail all around.

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2 months ago

Fantastic trail through the woods with a beautiful beach at the end! About 5 miles to the Beach. Relatively well maintained trail and doesn't have any particularly difficult sections. Took a little over 5 hours with a 40 minute break for lunch on the beach. Only saw 2 people the whole time and the beach was empty

hiking
2 months ago

Trees are cleared off the road so you can drive to the trail head. Great hike.

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blowdown
3 months ago

Road Closed sign was due to a couple downed trees, blocking the road to the trailhead...adds about 5 ~10 minutes walking . Cool trail that leads to a stretch of beach all to yourself :) Trail was over grown in parts and has a lot of roots in the path, so watch your footing, stop to take in the beautiful scenery! A picnic and chill time at the beach before heading back is a great idea...

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over grown
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Its an OK trail, pretty flat at first, small ups and downs when a few miles in. Once you make it to the overlook sign, DO NOT GO straight ahead towards the beach. You need to make a hard right and follow the trail upwards. We made the mistake of following this fake-out trail, and it seems like a legit trail for about 25 yards... but it gets bad from there. Hidden drops, extremely steep, fern and stinging nettles up to 6 feet tall (went over my head), extremely unstable soil. Also, this portion of the beach had many piles of bear scat, which freaked us out even more considering we hiked back up jungle brush. Be careful, do not accidentally go this way!

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bugs
muddy
4 months ago

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8 months ago

Nice, secluded area. Very few people on trail. Saw some bear droppings, but no wildlife. When you come to the beach overlook, make sure you take the trail headed away from the ocean. At the sign for the overlook, there are 3 trails and it feels right to walk towards the ocean, but that is not the easiest way down!

hiking
8 months ago

love this trail. wonderful in fall with many fungi colonies! only downside is no dogs

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Beautiful, so quiet, just the sound of my footsteps and the soft trickle of water. The trailhead to the beach trail is 2.5 miles and the beach trail is 1.5, so more like 8 miles. The trail had just been brushed and is very nice. Take the trail behind you at the beach cutoff, it appears like the trail might be to the right and down, but that is just a scrabble.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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 ..

Sunday, April 22, 2018

loved the beach access. Didnt see a soul.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

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.

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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.

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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!

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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 :)

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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.

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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