Hiking Del Norte

May 22, 2007 11:00 pm
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Triplicate staff

Del Norte County is home to more than 200 miles of hiking trails that run through ancient redwood groves and spruce forests, alongside pristine wild rivers and the majestic Pacific Ocean. The trails offer magnificent views of wildlife and wildflowers and the intense quiet of remote inland mountains. Here's a list of the more than 40 hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails in the county. Each trail listing includes a brief description, its length (most trails with no length given are less than two miles) and the trailhead's location where it can be accessed from a highway or National Forest road.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Hiking

•Alder Basin Trail – Short trail through mixed conifers. Mill Creek Campground off Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

•Coastal Trail – Winds along Pacific Ocean. 4 miles. Requa Road

•Damnation Trail – Grueling trail full of switchbacks, heading downhill from coastal redwoods to where Damnation Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean. Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

•Hobbs Wall Trail – Short trail through mixed conifers forest. Mill Creek Campground off Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

•Nature Loop Trail – Easy 20-minute stroll that allows visitors to learn about the redwood forest through interpretive signs along the path. 1 mile. Mill Creek Campground off Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

•Rellim Ridge Trail – Follows Rellim Ridge through second-growth redwood forest. Hamilton Road south of Crescent City

•Saddle Skyline Trail – Short trail through mixed conifers near campground. Mill Creek Campground off Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

•Skid Trail – Parallels Hwy. 101 in bordering mixed conifers. Mill Creek Campground off Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

•Trestle Loop Trail – Short trail through mixed conifers. Mill Creek Campground off Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City

Equestrian

•Mill Creek Horse Trail – Cuts through mixed conifers and redwood forests to Mill Creek. Howland Hill Road east of Crescent City

Mountain biking

•Coastal Trail – Runs alongside Pacific Ocean, cutting up cliff through coastal redwoods. Hwy. 101 south of Crescent City