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
This short loop explores an exceptional old growth grove of coastal redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
0.55 miles
75 feet
41.789697,
-124.0847
Fern Canyon Trail150Fern Canyon Trail
This loop or out and back hike in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park explores a lush canyon with walls of ferns.
1 mile
75 feet
41.400618,
-124.06571
Spring Hill Trail170Spring Hill
This lollipop loop hike hits a short summit near Mount Shasta with excellent views of Mount Shasta, Black Butte, and the surroundings.
2.9 miles
625 feet
41.3288,
-122.322
Lake Siskiyou Trail173Lake Siskiyou Trail (South Shore Loop)
This short and easy lakefront loop offers great views across Lake Siskiyou toward Mount Shasta and the surrounding evergreen wilderness.
1.1 miles
50 feet
41.2777,
-122.3329
Faery Falls Ney Springs Trail175Faery Falls and Ney Springs
This short hike travels along a creek up to an impressive 50-foot waterfall, passing the ruins of an old resort along the way.
1.4 miles
250 feet
41.265953,
-122.32439
Crags Trail Castle Dome181Crags Trail to Castle Dome
This out and back hike in Castle Crags State Park ascends through a garden of granite crags to the base of Castle Dome,
5.6 - 6 miles
2,150 feet
41.1597,
-122.3068
Root Creek Trail Castle Crags183Root Creek Trail
This out and back hike in Castle Crags State Park takes a level and easy course to a tumbling creek in a mossy forest.
2.2 miles
80 feet
41.1597,
-122.3068
Vista Point Castle Crags185Vista Point Trail
This short hike reaches the principal viewpoint in Castle Crags State Park, which has a great perspective of granite peaks known as the Castle Crags, along with views of Mount Shasta and the surrounding wilderness.
0.5 miles
50 feet
41.1595,
-122.30575
Founders Grove Redwoods200Founders Grove Nature Trail
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
This loop explores a forest of ancient redwoods adjacent to the in Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center.
0.5 miles
50 feet
40.308085,
-123.908575
Richardson Grove Woodland Trail300Woodland Trail
This hike explores patches of redwoods surrounded by a shaded oak forest in Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park.
1 - 1.25 miles
50 - 325 feet
40.021954,
-123.794194
Durphy Creek Trail350Durphy Creek Trail - Tan Oak Springs Trail Loop
This loop climbs a forest ridge before descending to Lookout Point, where you can enjoy an unimpressive view to the south over Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park.
3.75 miles
1,000 feet
40.019891,
-123.79399
Laguna Point Boardwalk400Laguna Point Boardwalk
This boardwalk in MacKerricher State Park provides an easy stroll with plentiful ocean views.
0.6 miles
25 feet
39.489089,
-123.799623
Salt Point State Park500Salt Point Trail
This out and back hike explores the jagged coastline at the heart of Salt Point State Park.
3 miles
50 feet
38.566688,
-123.331852
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