Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was beautiful! We went at the end of March on a rainy day and the trail was flooded with water. We ended up taking our shoes off and hiking barefoot but the surroundings made it absolutely with it!

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.

Big Tree in 2012 [not sure if they change this periodically] - 304 ft. high, 21.6 ft. in diameter, 68 feet in circumference, and over 1500 years old... nice flat walking trail that starts and ends at the BIG tree.

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

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful loop trail to the falls. We went beginning of May 2018. We do a lot of hiking in the redwoods and the first part of the trail had some really neat trees! The falls were beautiful very peaceful. By midday there were a lot of people on the trail however.

My wife and I hiked this trail on 5-3-18 starting from the ranger center to Fern Canyon. The flowers were bloming and the weather was perfect. If you start at the ranger center beware this is NOT 4.2 miles as the sign says, it is 6 miles to Fern Canyon!!!! So it is 13 miles to the ocean view, in Fern Canyon and back to the ranger station.The hike is everything you want from large Redwoods, streams, Fern Canyon and the ocean. Enjoy!

hiking
15 days ago

Very easy trail. Pretty typical Humboldt County trail, just with a small (but beautiful!) waterfall at the end. Really close to a lot of other fantastic hikes, so it's worth a stop if you're making a day trip.

Absolutely stunning! It's best to go early in the morning because it can get a bit crowded. Bring water sandals or an extra pair of shoes because your feet are gonna get wet! Not really a hike, more of a scenic walk. There's often elk around the parking lot too.

hiking
20 days ago

Beauty abounds in this magical place. Getting your feet wet is pretty unavoidable but well worth it!

Walked this in Feb. 2017. Lots of big trees and ferns. Nothing bad to say. This is a walk most people can do.

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.

This is a very nice trail. We hit it just right, there were thousands of trillium lining the trail. Saw millipedes and red snails, which we haven't seen in the park yet. The trails were in good shape. The West Ridge Trail is always scenic and this segment of it is in better shape that the one from Zig Zag #1 down to the park headquarters.

loved the beach access. Didnt see a soul.

Don’t miss this if you are in the area.
I took James Irvine trail to Fern Canyon which was about 4.5miles one way. Once in the Fern Canyon Hike along the creek to get the full experience, your feet will get wet but well worth it. Feels like you are in a prehistoric movie set. I was there for 30mins without meeting a soul. I am sure it will get more crowded in the summer.

Beautiful trail. Fortunate with sunny weather.
Started at James Irvine trail head (which is next to the visitor center) to Fern Canyon. Then took Clintonia Trail which connects back to James Irvine - probably 11-12 miles. Trail is well kept, beautiful redwood, ferns, wild flowers and birds. Fern Canyon is a must for anyone visiting the area - it is just beautiful. Expect to cross very shallow creek few times in the Fern Canyon.
Entire trail very quiet, loved the solitude. Only 4 other hikers for the entire hike.

Walked it today in the rain with 4 little kids. It was so peaceful and the kids had a blast going inside of trees!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Can I bike here? or at any of following trails:
Short trails:

2-Skunk Cabbage Trail, 10.5 mi - Coastal Trail
3- Lady Bird's Johnson Grove Trail, 1.5 Mi - Magnificent
4-West ridge trail 7 mi
5- Prairie Creek Trail (Trail#1 2.9 Mi) - (Trail#2 4.3Mi - most scenic trail).Magnificent

walking
1 month ago

Visited in September of 2015. Beautiful for a nice easy stroll through these amazing trees. Perfect for all ages and skill levels. I’d definitely recommend grabbing one of the info brochures to read about the history and interesting facts. Overall, an easy way to experience the redwoods and honor one of the great women in our country’s history!

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.

easy trail one of my favs

Get your feet wet. Hike over logs.

If entering from Berry Glen road and down the bridge you will encounter a wide trail and sign that says Trillium falls trail it is deceiving you will continue thinking you are on the trail and pass the real trail with the only sign that says “trail”. The wide trail will continue around and you think your gtg however after 2 miles it ends by the forest taking whatever trail you are on over. Then you have to back track 2 miles. Turned out to be 7 miles total and back to Berry Glen road yikes!

Very fun not hard to find.

Beautiful hike. We did this last March. Glad we hiked in water shoes and shorts, as a good stretch of it we hiked right in the creek. Loved all the elk in the area.

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.

Picked up the trail along the road, took it south and then met up with big tree. Great hike!

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

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