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.
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.
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!
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!
Beautiful, secluded beach perfect for off the leash fun with a pup
Beautiful! An easy trail that showcases the many micro climate ecologies of the Mendocino coast
Easy walk/hike. Make sure you pick up the pamphlet that takes you through the ecological staircase. There are markers along the way.
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!
Great trail through the woods and around the ocean.
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.
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.