Spanish Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Spanish Ridge Loop Trail is a 15.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Garberville, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
15.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,901 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

views

wildlife

backpacking
1 month ago

From Eureka it was less than 40 miles to the trailhead, using 101S then cutting through Humboldt Redwood State Park to Honeydew, CA. The last 10 miles from Honeydew is all on Jeep trails. I’m not going to say a car can’t make it, but I would never try it. An SUV at a minimum with some ground clearance, 4x4 recommended. Having a manual transmission will also save your brakes on the way out. It took 2 hrs to drive the 40 miles.
From the trailhead the first Mile of the ridge is wooded. Starting uphill then descending until it opens up to grass. This is where you can start to see the ocean. Amazing view. We had to turn around at mile 2 because the dogs paws got gummed up with sap and stickies. Had to carry her out. If you bring your dog, bring booties. We had intended on camping down near the beach on Spanish Flat, maybe next time.

It’s obvious not a lot of people use this trail, lots of wildlife. We walked up on a deer, a quail with her 6 babies, a massive black bear, and squirrels.

4 Stars for the first 2 Miles, will update when we complete it.