Hikes on California’s North Coast
Below is a collection of trails in the North Coast region of California. These hikes are listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map is also provided.
Hiking California’s North Coast
With limited development, dramatic waterfront, and enchanting redwood forests, the North Coast of California is basically designed to lure visitors into the outdoors. The north Coast is made up of Del Norte County (which starts at the Oregon Border), followed by Humboldt County, Mendocino County, Sonoma County, and Marin County (just above San Francisco). A string of coastal California State Parks provide excellent hiking opportunities while preserving a unique slice of the American landscape. If your goal is to set foot in a forest of ancient coastal redwoods, the best place to go is the North Coast of California!
|100||Stout Memorial Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park|
This short loop explores an exceptional old growth grove of coastal redwoods.
|150||Fern Canyon Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park|
This loop or out and back hike explores a lush canyon with walls of ferns.
|200||Founders Grove Nature Trail in Humboldt Redwoods State Park|
This short loop explores an ancient grove honoring the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
|250||Gould Grove Trail in Humboldt Redwoods State Park|
This loop explores a forest of ancient redwoods adjacent to the park visitor center.
|300||Woodland Trail in Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park|
This hike explores patches of redwoods surrounded by a shaded oak forest.
|1 - 1.25 miles|
50 - 325 feet
|350||Durphy Creek Trail - Tan Oak Springs Trail Loop in Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park|
This loop climbs a forest ridge before descending to Lookout Point, where you can enjoy an unimpressive view to the south.
|400||Laguna Point Boardwalk in MacKerricher State Park|
This boardwalk provides an easy stroll with plentiful ocean views.
|500||Salt Point Trail in Salt Point State Park|
This out and back hike explores the jagged coast at the heart of this oceanfront park.