Explore the most popular beach trails near Orick with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Solid! A little crowded.

Definitely recommend if you have a full day at Redwood. Gives you a full experience of the park, from giant redwoods to the coast. Mostly shaded hike (except coast part). If you decide to hike the beach part close to the water, it’s easy to miss the campground. We accidentally walked an extra mile— but the coastal views made it worth it. Start early and you’ll have the whole trail and foggy forest to yourself. Be ready to walk across makeshift bridges at fern canyon (or get your feet wet). Super fun trail!

This is a long trail that has a lot to enjoy. My guess is that this is rated hard due to the distance, not the technical difficulty of the trail. There are definitely some uphill parts but they're gradual. It is very secluded until you reach Fern Canyon. Fern Canyon is a huge draw, families and kids everywhere. But sooo beautiful that is worth the crowds. I highly recommend this trail to anyone who is interested in a 6 hour hike.

What a beautiful hike, I went the full loop with my cousin and mother and it was a blast. Tons of wildlife, trees, and adventures await anyone who might be looking to do this hike! I vlogged the whole thing, you can check it out on youtube! --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGjE49vslpU

good trail , bit more rugged than rest the park , more diverse forests as well .. every trail in the park is awesome can't go wrong , link em together long , short just get out there

love this park , every trail here is a blast !! can go wrong ,...this one is a great overall coastal redwood experience.. easy miles too , for most ,not a ton of elevation change , ground is soft , contours well and amazing views , so miles roll by ...

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27 days ago

fun hike , pretty easy miles , trails is nice , can get a little soggy at differnt times of the year, but thats the north coast for ya .. goes thru some nice forests , creeks , then eventually the ocean .. good additon of some more easy miles is a walk on to patricks point ..

Ran this loop with a couple friends. We were not fast because we had to keep stopping to soak in the stunning scenery. Beautiful loop!

Great long trail thought the trees. Pretty quiet, most of the people I ran into were on the beach or in fern canyon. Bring sandals for fern canyon, I went barefoot through the water and it worked out. Hard to make good time because I always had to stop to look around.

Beautiful trail with some of the tallest redwoods. Best part of the trail was Fern Canyon. It was fun to traverse through the fallen trees while crossing the canyon. I’d recommend waterproof shoes for this part of the trail.

Great hike, I wouldn’t consider this a hard hike, if you did it as a day hike like I did maybe it could be rated as hard but, regardless it was amazing and seemed fairly easy

Backpacked this trail on 5/6-5/7, we actually took Miner's Ridge to Gold Bluffs beach about 5 miles in 5 out. Very gorgeous trail. Lots to see every corner you turn, i actually backpacked to Elam Camp via Orick Horse Trail the same day 8 mile out, even tho i was tired i still enjoyed the hike. Being able to have a change of scenery from the mountains to the beach was very soothing, the beach and ocean was phenomenal especially during sunset. There is also a herd of elk there so becareful.

Great for if you would like some lovely coastal views and don’t have a ton of time to explore.

An amazing walk through the great giants! Our hike started off at the visitors center and immediately we were greeted with a foot bridge built around two magnificent trees. Continuing on we were amazed by the beauty and amazing smell of the magnificent redwood forest. There is so much to see and be amazed by! Be sure to pay attention to the foot bridges as you will be amazed by the depth of the canyons! Upon reaching the fern canyon we were taken aback by the beauty of the sheer walls covered in fern and the walls of water flowing into the stream below. Note... make sure you have water proof shoes if you want to walk the fern canyon trail. Walk down through the canyon in and out of the creek until you reach the beach parking area. We were able to see a bull elk grazing in a pasture just off the trail. We then walked down the beach road to the head of miners ridge trail. We hiked the miners ridge trail back to the visitors center. Miners ridge was just as great on the way back to the visitors center. I would highly recommend making your own loop vs the walk in and back. Unfortunately, due to cell coverage (which there is none) we were not able to record our hike which was our trail today. Grab a map from the visitors center and you can copy our route. Trust me it’s well worth it!!

Great trail! Great deal of bees however and I was stung on the trail. Would absolutely hike it again.

great long hike loved fern canyon nothing like it do bring waterproof boots or water shoes or just take off your shoes to not get your socks wet also walking stick helps while crossing the logs over the creek in the canyon

The James Irvine - Miner's Ridge loop is great for trail running (or hiking). Approximately 10 miles total. If you enter at Park Headquarters, there's no fee. If you enter at the Fern Canyon, there's a $5 vehicle fee. From Headquarters, hop off the James Irvine to Miner's Ridge for some really fun downhill running, and then you have a little less climbing on James Irvine back to the start. There is no drinking water available once you leave Headquarters, so be sure to pack accordingly. Also, depending on the season, if the creek is running high through Fern Canyon, you're going to get wet feet.

One of my absolute favorite places to run.

Long but totally worth it. What a magical expenditure!

One of my favorites. We pack home made goodies and lose ourselves in beauty. We believe in lots of water munchies an what a amazing trails

Beautiful trail! Not too strenuous but definitely not easy. We went when it was raining and overcast, which was amazing but it gets a little dark the farther you get into the trees. It’s so beautiful though! You can tell about 3/4 of the way into the trail that you start descend so that you come out where the beach is. Also, I’m not sure if we strayed off the trail at all but we came out of the trail onto a “road” where there’s still trees in front of you and you can go right or left; left takes you to the beach. It isn’t clearly marked, that we could see. It’s by far my favorite hike!

Loved this hike! A good distance. Definitely wouldn’t consider it hard. The beach slowed me down a good bit, but made it in under 5 hours and wasn’t rushed. Tracked it to be 12.2 but I also skipped some of the useless curving around at the beach. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. So lush and green! It was a rather quiet trail, saw maybe a dozen people but most of them were at the beach and fern canyon area. I’d do it again. Beautiful! Would be a perfect trail running route.

loved the beach access. Didnt see a soul.

Hiked these trails in September 2015 and it is still one of my all time favorite hikes! So much to see: redwoods, fern canyon, the beach, and wildlife. We took James Irvine out from the visitor center to fern canyon. Such a beautiful and peaceful walk through the woods and fern canyon is a great place to explore. When we emerged from fern canyon through the woods and out toward the beach, we actually ran into a large bull elk taking a rest right next to the trail (we almost didn’t see him, be careful!), so we bypassed the beach trail and walked along the road to get to Miners Ridge. We were out most of the day, from around 10 AM to just about sun set, with lots of stops for photos and to enjoy the beauty around us. Highly recommend, well worth it! I would rate it moderate, rather than hard.

This is one of the best trails in the park. We did not have time to go all the way to the beach and back so we looped around. Be aware that the posted distances are much less than the actual distance covered. Our rule of thumb is to add at least a quarter mile distance to each mile hiked.

Ended up doing James Irvine to miners trail which was about 8 miles. Easy going trip with a small bit of climbing. Absolutely beautiful

The first couple miles of the hike to the overlook of the coast was an easy, but beautiful hike. Beautiful with extremely lush, and green forest and ferns. A tad muddy.

Hiked a portion of this trail on our last day in the Redwoods. Due to time constraints we were unable to complete the full trail. Whether you do a portion or the whole trail, the forest is mesmerizing! Wonderful adventure.

Absolute favorite hike in Humboldt so far.

You hike through untouched forests. It is remarkable. Go and visit this beautiful place Mother Earth created

It was one of the best views I've ever woken up to and falling asleep with the waves is great.

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