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Beautiful, peaceful walk. Some serious up-hill climbing at times-good cardio!

Not dog friendly according to the park ranger at the gate.

Solid trail. Not sure how crowded it is on the weekends, but it was nice and empty during the week. Round trip time was roughly 2.5 hours, including hanging out for a half hour at the falls. Perfect for a relaxing day hike.

Be sure to check out the beach on your way out of the park, there are great views of Highway 1 from the valley floor.

Fun.. we kayaked upon to the wood thing. Docked and walked about 3 more miles in.. it was a fun adventure.. and super simple.. ..(Ok, accept for finding a trail to the main trail after we came off the river.. but not too bad, my wife was 5 months pregnant and made it.. and after we even had time and energy to do falls bike/hike one or 2 rivers N.. (Russian glitch..). and no we are not early risers..

Great trail for a tandem and a wife who is a bit nervous on a bike. Biked al the way to the falls trailhead, locked up and walked the rest of the way.
We were able to fit it all in in about 1.5 hours, just before an amazing dinner at Brewery Gulch.. (yes, if you want a great place to stay it worth it)

Beautiful place with lots of birds!

We were going to hike the double loop and luckily decided to cut the hike in half by taking the Forest History Trail ( blue trails on the map). We still walked about 15 miles on the loop trail. A significant portion of the trail is service road and not very pretty. But the Forest History Trail and adjacent trail are beautiful wooded trails. Caution - bring a GPS or if you are using your phone to navigate bring extra charger. The trail is not at all well marked and we had to use our phones to navigate. Great exercise but not always beautiful.

Nice hike to a waterfall mostly in shade. Some puddles of mud but overall the trails are in excellent shape.

1 month ago

Starts off partially paved for bikes, felt like a fairy land with all the lush greenery, little blue flowers, and babbling brook. We did the waterfall loop up the hill and back down, but I heard the North Trail is a terrific flat portion once you get up to the ridge.

Gorgeous. Stopped in briefly, wish we had more time to spend there! Terrific view, easy walking along the meadows and headlands. Can walk down some stairs to the beach at Big River as well.

1 month ago

Amazing hike - easy to find, good parking and trail head easy to identify. Trail gets better and better as you go further and further. Starts off flat but eventually you go up and down a few times. Trail was in good condition however not always well marked Waterfall is really impressive.

Absolutely gorgeous easy hike along the coastline. Stunning views of the Mendocino coast. Pretty wild flowers growing along the way. It's a point to point so have a game plan for when you reach the end. I chose to run back to the trailhead through town.