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Fern Canyon Scenic Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Little River, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 826 ft Route type Loop
Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy No dogs
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Esther Chance
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Hiking

Back again! very serene hike show up early to avoid running into others. As all said before this would be easy if not for the length.

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Nancy Farese
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HikingGreat!

There is nothing difficult about this trail except that it is long. It gets more and more beautiful, as you go deeper into the forest. Highly recommend! Try to adjust your time, so that you miss the crowd.

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Aaron Bird
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Hugo Schmidt
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HikingFeeGreat!

My wife and I did this hike mid-October. Weather was cool with some sprinkling, but no real rain. If you love ferns and redwoods, you will LOVE this hike. For the most part it is like a fire road, only 5 feet wide. Easy terrain to go over, though there were two muddy areas. The first 2ish miles is very level, then the elevation starts to Pigmy Forest. You can go left or right to start and it does not matter, you end up in the same spot. There is a nice boardwalk about .2 miles from the forest that is worth looking at. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is that there really was no "view" to speak of. The main photo of this hike shows the ocean and unless you are REALLY tall or using some form of drone to take that picture, I have no idea from what angle it was taken. We saw no possible views of the ocean. Another thing we did not like was it was not dog friendly. I feel that this is on the easier end of moderate level. There is an 800ft elevation in about 1.2 miles. That's not steep, but certainly not easy. LOTS of shade, though as I said, it was overcast and sprinkling most of the time.

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Linda Pinard
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Roger Baldwin
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Very few better

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Martin and Brenda Johns
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Jennifer Jones
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Amazingly beautiful. Easy trail.

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Tiffany Person
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Beautiful trail with very little traffic midweek. Highly recommend!

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Lorna King
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Loved it!

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Sir Taylor
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What a beautiful trail! Nice and even for the first couple of miles ( with a couple of muddy spots), then at the loop we turned right, for an uphill area that lasts a little over a mile. The terrain changes when you get to the pigmy forest and then the trail levels out for a while. The way back down was pleasant. Not a lot of other hikers.

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Esther Chance
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Nice beautiful trail in redwoods and diverse visual landscapes. But keep in mind incline is pretty minimal, borderline easy rather than intermediate as is listed, though it being 8 miles gives it some substance. Better to arrive by 830 at latest to avoid seeing many people.

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Jesse Kahn
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Perfect late afternoon hike.

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Jesse Garrett
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Arup Malakar
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Started the hike early at 7AM and there was no-one at the trail, making it an awesome hike. It was a beautiful hike.

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Kaori K
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Beautiful trail next to a small creek. Very green and peaceful. First ~2 miles are flat. A few muddy spots but not bad.

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Chris M
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Sasha Marakowski
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looks like enchanted fairy forest. russian gulch is close by but this is much better.

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Ben McCormack
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Lovely hike (not amazing) but peaceful and green

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Sean Lyon
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Joe H
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Ken Caldeira
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Chris Morgenstern
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Amazing trip. Loved stopping off at the back country camping sites. We took a right at the fork. Definitely some elevation gain there, but a perfect way to get your blood pumping. We took the long way back after checking out the self guided pigmy forest boardwalk trail. Finished off at the ocean. A favorite of ours now.

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Gretel .
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Múltiple bathrooms. Entrance fee. Super chill walk through the forest floor next to a stream. Lots of shade and beautiful sights. When you get to the loop if you make a right you’ll do the steeper yet quicker way up. To the left is a really slow but long incline up to the top. Muddy in a few spots but there’s small pieces of wood you can hop over.

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Nayomee Maas
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My favorite hike on the Mendocino coast

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Jonny Tindall
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One of my favorite shady trails in Northern California for years and I often find my way to Mendocino just for this trek. Easy hike, with a few steeper/challenging spots. Beautiful and cool the entire way.

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Kristin Hills
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Van Damme State Park has now opened this trail. I was there this last Saturday (5/23) and it was just perfect: shady trail along a creek and then just a touch of elevation at the loop. There are plentiful wildflowers, some left over mud puddles, and abundant butterflies/birds. A must!

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