Ghosts of early automobiles haunt section of Coastal Trail
Sometimes, ironically, a good hike requires not one but two cars. Leaving a shuttle vehicle at the destination, then driving to the starting point, works well for a one-way journey.
The old Redwood Highway stretches into the misty forest near where the Coastal Trail intersects Damnation Creek Trail. Richard Wiens/The Daily Triplicate
Using cars to set up this particular hike seems appropriate, anyway, because you’ll soon be traversing a stretch of the original Redwood Highway that opened the far North Coast to the automobiles of the 1920s.
Heading north from Wilson Creek, it snaked through the redwoods before veering onto coastal bluffs all the way to Enderts Beach. Its designers, alas, were overly ambitious in their attempt to cleave a highway from the heart of the wilderness.
Officials soon tired of the constant land slides and in 1935 replaced it with a more stable but less scenic route farther from the ocean.
The brief lifespan makes this stretch of highway history that much more quaint. And these days, there’s no traffic, even though it is part of the Coastal Trail.
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