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Spanish Ridge Loop Trail is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Garberville, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,415 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

beach

views

wildlife

over grown

backpacking
4 months ago

2nd day is brutal filter lots of water on the coast

hiking
9 months ago

Hiking back up the loop is very steep but gorgeous views all the way up. I personally had a hard time hiking back up the ridge in the hot sun. I'd get an earlier start and try to get up it before the afternoon sun beats on you. Otherwise a beautiful hike and would recommend it.

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

**Wilderness passes required if you’re going to overnight, can be obtained from recreation.gov, bear canisters required, bear spray required** Well, it took us nearly a year to get back to this one but we’re sure glad we did it. This hike has views upon views. We did the loop clockwise and I highly recommend that direction. We descended the southern spur, then traveled north along Spanish flat, overnighted above Randall Creek overlooking the ocean (so beautiful), and finally climbed out on the Northern ridge. The northern ridge is VERY steep. It’s hard to ascend it but it would be even harder to descend it unless you had really young knees. Tons of wildlife and you’re guaranteed to not see another human with the exception of the people traveling the LCT. Absolutely amazing. We’ve done the LCT and honestly, skip that and just do this loop when the weathers nice.

backpacking
Sun Jun 24 2018

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.

backpacking
6 months ago

6 months ago