While the Damnation Creek trail is one of the most popular “Redwoods- to-the-Sea” trails in the parks, other outstanding options remain. The James Irvine Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a wonderful five-mile one-way hike through old-growth redwoods to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. Skunk Cabbage Trail just north of Orick, CA off Highway 101 is a four-mile one-way hike through a redwoods and Sitka spruce forest that will open on to the south end of Gold Bluffs Beach. Portions of the Coastal Trail between Crescent City and Orick provide visitors with stunning ocean overlooks and cathedral-like towering redwoods.
For further information on park trails, conditions and ranger-led activities, please contact the park’s information office at 707-465-7335, or stop by any Redwood National and State Parks visitor centers.