Yontocket Trail

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Yontocket Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 88 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching


wild flowers


no shade

6 months ago

Love, love, love this trail. So many different paths to take with ponds, open fields, river and ocean. What’s not to love. Also pretty flat most of the way so it’s not very strenuous.

Monday, July 23, 2018

We found this trail system by accident while trying to escape the hoards of people swarming the nearby redwoods. And while it certainly isn't a walk in the redwoods, we didn't see another soul on the trail while we were there which we loved. It's a fairly easy, well marked hike with loops to some coastal dune ponds, the Smith River, and/or the beach depending on how you walk the trails. We enjoyed watching a couple of Red-tailed Hawks, some Herons, Egrets, duck families, and insects on wildflowers. The dunes provide a nice wind break if you hike toward the ponds. The hardest part of the trail is walking in the occasional soft sand, so it's a good trail for families and hikers wanting an easy day out. P.S. My favorite part was the Yontocket cemetery and reading up on it to learn more about the history and relevance. There isn't a lot of information provided at the trail, so be sure to Google it to get a full understanding of the significance of the place.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Simply follow the directions and stick to the map. The only real downfall other than being a little boring and easy is with the exception of the loop on the end it's a wide, dirt road that could easily be driven in your car if the gate was open... Keep your eyes open for elk!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Thought this would be a quick and easy 5 mike hike. Turned at the post pointing to the beach in .5 miles. Lost the trail several times, eventually made it to a beautiful secluded beach. Had to call 911 to get back out, almost had S&R come get us after wandering around aimlessly for over an hour. Luckily they were able to direct us to another trail nearby that met up with the main road based off of our GPS coordinates. Apparently not for recreational, novice hikers.

Monday, October 17, 2016

There is a sign to mark the beginning of the trail in the small parking area and the hike goes through the Yontocket Cemetaries. This is one of my go to hikes with my dogs. I have seen eagles, hawks, deer and elk on this trail. There are a few variations within the park including some single tracks and routes out to the beach. I'll post up a few variations that I've done. There is supposedly a good porcupine population here as well but as yet I haven't seen any.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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