Del Norte Triplicate / Richard Wiens Gigantic redwoods are everywhere you turn on many of the paths through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
They may be in Humboldt County, but the incredible trails of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park are within Del Norte’s sphere of influence, being closer to Crescent City (about 35 miles) than they are to Eureka (about 48 miles).
I’ve written about various stretches of this old-growth wonderland eight times before, but unexplored territory still beckoned. We just had to find it, which involved unfolding a park map and marking all the trails previously traversed.
With that task came memories of Fern Canyon, the Gold Bluffs section of the Coastal Trail, remote Carruthers Cove and up-and-down jaunts amid some of the gnarliest monsters to be found in redwood country.
We were pleased to discover there were at least three more distinct sections to hike. On a Saturday in late January, we chose a route that would include creekside lowlands, heart-pumping switchbacks and a nice long stretch of one of the park’s specialties: ridge-walking.