The Ecological Staircase

EASY 12 reviews

The Ecological Staircase is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near Fort Bragg, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

Ecological Staircase showcases gradual soil leeching, culminating in the Pygymy Pines, six foot tall trees that are hundreds of years old. Guided tours are sparsely available.

hiking
5 days ago

Super easy hike, right from our campsite at Jug Handle Creek Farm to the ocean.

1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

A stunning hike. If you are not familiar with the area grab one of the informational pamphlets and take yourself on a tour! I did the entire trail which includes the coastal path. You do not want to miss that part!

hiking
9 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. Well kept up. It is pretty level the whole way until you head down to the ocean. Very accessible for children young and old (not stroller accessible for the most part). Ok to take you dog on leash only unless signs state otherwise. You'll love it!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, secluded beach perfect for off the leash fun with a pup

10 months ago

birding
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beautiful! An easy trail that showcases the many micro climate ecologies of the Mendocino coast

Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy walk/hike. Make sure you pick up the pamphlet that takes you through the ecological staircase. There are markers along the way.

hiking
Friday, October 03, 2014

I run this trail monthly. I enjoy encountering hikers. It's 7 ish miles round trip from the parking lot through the staircase to Mitchell Creek gate and back again. You know, up one way means fun all the way back!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Great trail through the woods and around the ocean.

nature trips
Monday, January 14, 2013

As others have said an impressive range of environments from sea shore, through Shore pine and cypress, redwoods and firs to pigmy forest. I have hiked portions of this for the last two years because it can be accessed from Mitchell Creek Rd. and Gibney Ln as well as from the actual park. In Oct. through December it is a great place to see a wide variety of mushrooms.

It is a very easy trail, fairly well marked and a little too busy for me. I prefer a little more solitude.

hiking
Thursday, September 13, 2012

This trail is one of the best I've ever hiked. It has an amazing variety of environments: make sure not to miss the extra loop at the beginning, it leads you through a forest of trees bent by the wind. The pygmy forest is very impressive.