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Gualala Bluff Trail

Gualala Bluff Trail

The Gualala Bluff Trail is one of the most beautiful spots in Gualala. It affords a wonderful view of the Gualala River Lagoon, Gualala Point Park, and the Pacific Ocean. It is an excellent place to view wildlife. River otters often haul out on the beach or are seen in the Gualala River. Passing whales are often sighted. There are many sea birds; such as, pelicans, gulls, cormorants with each seasonal change. The trail is nicely maintained with native plants…

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Earthquake Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore

Earthquake Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore

A short paved loop explores the San Andreas Fault Zone. Interpretive signs describe the geology of the area. The trail begins at the southeast corner of the Bear Valley Picnic Area, just across the street from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Vertical Gain or Loss: Fairly Flat Trail Distance: Less than one mile ADA Accessibility Notes Paved trail, accessible by wheelchair  

Craig’s Creek Trail, Smith River NRA, Six Rivers National Forest

Craig’s Creek Trail, Smith River NRA, Six Rivers National Forest

Craig’s Creek Trail was followed in the late 1800s by miners and pack animals. This trail follows the hillside along the South Fork of the Smith River until it rounds a bend and descends into to the Craig’s Creek basin. The trail doubles back on itself and drops down near the Creek and follows it to its confluence with the Smith River. The trail meanders through dense forest with scant views of the river, but the sound of running water…

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Damnation Creek Trail

Damnation Creek Trail

This short day hike, with an exceptional change in elevation, courses through virgin redwood forests in its upper reaches. Moving down through this diverse ecosystem containing Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Red Alder, giant ferns, and blossoming rhododendrons it would be easy for one to feel immersed in a tropical rain forest. At the bottom of the trail lies a remote, rocky shoreline best accessed at low tide. After absorbing the surroundings at the trail’s terminus, the long hike back up…

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Darlingtonia Trail – Smith River NRA, Six Rivers National Forest

Darlingtonia Trail – Smith River NRA, Six Rivers National Forest

Welcome to a most uncommon habitat, home of the extraordinary California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica), a host of other plants, a few animals, and various insects. It�s the insect-digesting characteristic of the Darlingtonia, plus its Cobra-like shape and showy blossoms, that people find so intriguing. As prospectors in times past sought out serpentine rock formations because of the minerals they contained, photographers and wildflower enthusiasts today seek the botanical treasures produced in serpentine environments. You’re invited to walk a short,…

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Boy Scout Tree Trail

Boy Scout Tree Trail

This trail is part of the larger complex of Redwood National and State Parks, which spans Del Norte and Humboldt counties, and includes 44,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest and 37 miles of pristine coastline. You can find more information on all our trails and other recreational opportunities at www.nps.gov/redw. Allow at least half a day to enjoy this outstanding trail, which leads you deep into the old-growth forest before concluding at Fern Falls. Slight changes in elevation give a…

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Bolinas Ridge Trail

Bolinas Ridge Trail

The Bolinas Ridge Trail, popular with hikers and mountain bikers alike, begins on the ridgeline east of the Olema Valley on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. about one-mile from the intersection of Highway One. The trail crosses rolling coastal pastureland, enters redwood groves, and passes through chapparal before its southern trailhead at Alpine Road on Mt. Tamalpais. From the top of the ridge one has a bird-eye views up and down the San Andreas Rift Zone. In fact, the fault divides…

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Belinda Point Trail

Belinda Point Trail

This 0.6-mile trail (one way distance) travels from Ocean Drive in Fort Bragg, to a small cove and bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ocean Drive is located off of Highway One immediately south of the Botanical Gardens. The route to Belinda Point has been walked for generations, and in October 2004 Mendocino Land Trust opened a public trail in an Offer-to-Dedicate easement. The trail winds through Monterey and Mendocino cypress groves, eucalyptus, shore pine, and coastal bluff scrub. Beautiful coastal…

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