Explore the most popular walking 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.

16 mile loop if you start at Orick Rodeo Grounds. Beautiful trail work just enough technical aspects to make it interesting. It was a pleasant surprise to run across a water trough for the horses at just over the halfway mark.

Gorgeous hike without a lot people on the trail.

Beautiful trail and a great hike. was all alone on the trail in late August. I will give warning that I ran into a black bear at the trailhead enjoying some of the black berries there. Yelling and waving my arms scared him off, but still a scary moment.

hiking
13 days ago

Just hiked 7.5 miles up this trail last weekend. There aren't any stunning views but the forest is very peaceful and quiet. We only saw one other person on a Saturday on Labor Day weekend. The trail is an old logging road so it's wide and gravelly. It was a moderate hike, with some steep sections but ultimately not that hard.

Beautiful prairie!

Two words: Enchanted Forest. I've been on quite a handful of hikes, mostly on the East Coast, however, nothing has compared to what I saw here in the Redwoods. Such beauty and magic. Please note this is not a hike for "views" or a "workout", but rather to immerse yourself in the beauty of mother nature.

Not a hiking trail, it’s the access road to the campsites. The location is amazing. The amenities are stellar with new solar showers with hot/cold running water, LED lighting at night.

The fox and skunk here are very tame and come into the campsites whether you’re standing there or not. They are very cute, but have no fear of people. This is NOT a good thing. I suspect many people hand-feed them. I spent a good portion of each evening shooing them away.

The ocean noise is soothing, loud at night. Very peaceful but may be disturbing to some who are looking for quiet.

18 days ago

Steep initial gain to nice rolling trail among big trees! Beautiful!

An easy-to-moderate hike that takes in the redwoods and coast all in the swoop. Fern Canyon was the highlight and a great place to stop for lunch halfway, although it was fairly crowded because the site is accessible by road. There is some uphill hiking but all very doable if you are relatively fit, took me about 5.5 hours to do the entire loop. I sadly had only one day in Redwood State and National Parks, and I felt this was a great hike to see a bit of everything!

Only advice is when you are walking on the beach, there are no good landmarks to indicate when to turn inland. I downloaded the area on Google Maps on my phone and used my GPS to know when to turn (both Fern Canyon and the campground are on Google Maps).

Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

Great trail. Lots of very big redwood, fir and spruce trees. Some steep climbs but worth it.

Good to walk :)

trail was fine. lots of traffic and the parking lot was atrocious. once you got on the trail it was fine though. self guided tour was pretty cool also. this is a super easy introductory hike. take your friends who don't hike kind of hike.

absolutely amazing trail. went in August and the water was still flowing. the hike was beautiful. didn't see a soul the whole hike. huge recommendation from me for a short hike.

Easy easy easy...decent redwood action, weak waterfall

So beautiful! A must see!

Absolutely stunning. True moderate hike. Give yourself more time than you think you need, though...you’ll wand to be able to really soak in the sights along this loop.

Beautiful, peaceful, easy hike! Well worth the drive back to the trailhead. My husband and I did this hike at 0900 and were the only ones around. Wear waterproof shoes/sandals as your feet will get wet. They filmed a scene from The Lost World Jurassic Park here if that excites you as well.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike! My wife and I carried our lunch in our packs, and ate just after we got to the falls; an easy hike at that point. We decided to finish the entire 2.5 mile loop. Be warned! The last 2/3 of the hike is much more difficult, and--VERY important-- there is NO cell phone coverage in the area. I would upgrade this hike to above moderate for the entire loop; fairly easy for the hike to the falls. The Redwoods are spectacular, (better than LBJ Grove)! Oh yeah, I did not see even one Trillium; they must bloom at a different time of the year.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and to the point, this trail was an easy one and if you take the effort to drive up to the grove, you may as well walk the whole loop. Tons of beautiful trees and not a lot of people, as we went later in the afternoon when visitors were few and the light was perfect. Would highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

We did it in about 6 hours with an 11 and 15 yr old. Definitely doable but its a long trail and some challenging vertical especially after 10 miles of hiking ... so bring food and hydration. The description doesnt do the beach leg justice. Suggest doing the Irvine leg first, exiting Fern Valley to the beach and hiking south along/in the water to the Miner Ridge trail head. There is a campground near the Miner entrance with nice bathrooms and even a shower. Start early, take lunch and swim suits maybe and hang out on the beach. This is gorgeous California coastline. We spent 30 mins just hanging out - wish it was more. Clean up at the campground and finish the Miner Ridge leg.

Great Hike! You will experience The Redwoods, High up Ocean-views, Prairie, Marsh , Fern Canyon named because of ferns growing on the 50-foot high walls, through which runs Home Creek (Fern Canyon recognized as a World Heritage site and an International Biosphere Reserve)and The Ocean ..... We seen Roosevelt Elk (Largest species of Elk family) it was amazing with his brown velvet giant antlers . You have to look closely because when they a feeding they blend with the tree branches...It took us about 8 hours to hike back to car, we took our time for picnic and sauntering

trail running
1 month ago

Great for trail running - wide old road bed so no brushing past bushes as you run. Nothing exciting in terms of views, as another reviewer said, but if you’re looking for a place to get a run in on a relatively flat trail, this is great.

Nice trail. Went around 6pm. Was greeted in the end by a little brown bear. Really scary when hiking alone. But I calmly walked by and it didn’t come towards me. I was by bridge view the elk.

Beautiful hike! The waterfall is very small but there are endless blackberries!

Astoundingly beautiful, even though well trafficked. Easy, even for older, less active folks. I suggest water shoes, you'll get your ankles wet unless you can cross the shallow river/creek on a log (easily done if you have someone with you to hold your hand). So worth the drive on a very narrow, sometimes dirt road riddled with blind turns. Loved it!

amazing to hike such great sights!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Great short hike. Only downsides are that access is 8 miles down a bumpy dirt road, and there are a lot of people. At least 30 cars in the parking lot for a 1-mile loop hike.

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