Wellman Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crescent City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The trailhead is across Highway 199 from the Jedediah Smith campground. There isn't any parking at the trailhead, just a wide spot in the shoulder on the other side of the busy highway. The trailhead is only marked with a small sign that says "Wellman Loop Trail entire loop 1.5 mi". You have to look pretty carefully to spot it from the highway.
The trees were great, it is after all the Redwoods. Trail needs a lot of maintenance. Twelve places where the trail was encumbered by fallen trees. One spot on the northern switch backs almost had us turn around; we had to climb over and through the branches. Several spots where the path was very eroded. Very glad I walk with a six foot walking stick for a third point of contact. Not for folks who are afraid of heights as you have up on one side and down on the other.
I hiked this one and Myrtle Creek nearby purposely in the rain to get my lab pup, Brook, use to it. She loves creeks, rivers, lakes and the surf but she doesn't like rain or a hose... All it is is a nice little uphill for 3/4 mile and then back down in a loop. A lot of rhodies and tan oak with a few redwoods mixed in. Just enough to get your heart rate up. Part of the downhill was gentle enough I ran it. Having achilles tendon issues for over a year it was the 1st time I've ever ran with her. No doubt we'll do this again along with Myrtle Creek.
This is a great relatively short hike through redwoods and ferns that is sure to get your heart pumping! There are several switchbacks that have a steep incline going up to the top of the trail, while the downhill is less severe. The biggest drawback is limited parking right on highway 199, be careful if you have to cross the road.