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.

Highlights of California’s North Coast

  • This 3-mile out and back hike explores the jagged coast at the heart of Salt Point State Park.
  • This 0.5 mile loop explores an ancient grove honoring the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  • This one-mile hike explores an incredibly ferny canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
  • This half mile loop explores an old growth redwood forest across from the visitor center in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  • This 0.6-mile boardwalk provides an easy oceanfront hike in MacKerricher State Park.
  • This 0.55-mile hike explores an old growth grove of coastal redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
  • This 1.25-mile loop explores patches of redwoods surrounded by a shaded oak forest in Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park.
  • This 3.75-mile loop in Richardson Grive Redwoods State Park climbs 1,000 feet to a forest ridge before descending to Lookout Point, where you can enjoy an unimpressive view to the south.

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!

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Stout Memorial Grove Redwoods100Stout Memorial Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
This short loop explores an exceptional old growth grove of coastal redwoods.
0.55 miles
75 feet
41.789697,
-124.0847
Fern Canyon Trail150Fern Canyon Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
This loop or out and back hike explores a lush canyon with walls of ferns.
1 mile
75 feet
41.400618,
-124.06571
Founders Grove Redwoods200Founders 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.
0.5 miles
25 feet
40.352153,
-123.923897
Gould Grove Redwoods250Gould Grove Trail in Humboldt Redwoods State Park
This loop explores a forest of ancient redwoods adjacent to the park visitor center.
0.5 miles
50 feet
40.308085,
-123.908575
Richardson Grove Woodland Trail300Woodland 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
40.021954,
-123.794194
Durphy Creek Trail350Durphy 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.
3.75 miles
1,000 feet
40.019891,
-123.79399
Laguna Point Boardwalk400Laguna Point Boardwalk in MacKerricher State Park
This boardwalk provides an easy stroll with plentiful ocean views.
0.6 miles
25 feet
39.489089,
-123.799623
Salt Point State Park500Salt Point Trail in Salt Point State Park
This out and back hike explores the jagged coast at the heart of this oceanfront park.
3 miles
50 feet
38.566688,
-123.331852
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Woodland Trail Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park
Normally when you hike a trail, you don't spend your time speculating what motivated the trail builders to put the path where the did. Perhaps the CCC was simply creating work for itself when it designed Woodland Trail in Richardson Grove State Park. The east side of this 1.25-mile lollipop loop is sensible, passing through pockets of redwoods at the base of a hill. On... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 23, 2014
Durphy Creek Tan Oak Spring Lookout Point Trail Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park
Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park protects approximately 2,000 acres of woodlands in Humboldt County on the North Coast of California. Outside the main redwood grove near the park visitor center, the park is less impressive than its sister parks to the north. Instead of a rainforest of redwoods and ferns, most of Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park consists of... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: August 12, 2014
Gould Grove Trail Humboldt Redwoods State Park Gould Grove Hike
Avenue of the Giants runs for 32 miles down Humboldt Redwoods State Park, providing a scenic passage through an enchanting wilderness. About halfway through this autotour, the road passes the park visitor center, which sits directly across from a grove of old growth redwoods. Gould Grove Loop Trail is half a mile long with just 50 feet of elevation change. There are... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 19, 2014
Founders Tree Trail in Humboldt Redwoods State Park
The driving force in the creation of the redwoods state and national parks on California's North Coast was the Save-the-Redwoods League. Founders Grove was selected to memorialize the originators of that league. Expect something special on this easy half mile hike. There is a guide accompanying this trail that is packed with useful information, allowing hikers to... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014
Stout Memorial Trail Redwood Grove CaliforniaJedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
For a stroll through an old growth grove of coast redwoods, head to the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park - Stout Memorial Grove. At just over half a mile in length with 75 feet of elevation change, Stout Memorial Grove Loop Trail offers an easy and enthralling hike through an ancient forest. Century old trees rise hundreds of feet above a lush carpet of ferns... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 23, 2014