Coastal Trail

Although the parks are best known for redwoods, the Coastal Trail offers the adventurous hiker a different experience. Delicate tidepool creatures, sandy beaches, and the jagged Pacific coastline await your exploration.

photo:  Type: Backcountry
Length: 27.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: At N end of Redwoods NP, W of US 101 just N of mouth of Klamath River
States: California
Counties: Humbolt
Latitude: 41.70074   Longitude: -124.13892

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Description

Walking along a coastal bluff, gulls and sea lions cry amidst the sound of crashing breakers. A gray whale spouts occasionally in the vast blue waters below and wind whistles through the alders. Trails lead down to secluded beaches where the driftwood piles and ancient rocks hide crabs and sea stars.

Although the parks are best known for redwoods, 70 miles (142 km) of Coastal Trail offers the adventurous hiker a different experience. Delicate tidepool creatures, sandy beaches, and the jagged Pacific coastline await your exploration.

Day hikes and longer backpack trips may be done on the Coastal Trail. Permits are required at all backcountry camps and are available at the park visitor centers.

The Coastal Trail is nearly continuous in the parks; the one major detour is the Highway 101 bridge over the Klamath River. Several access points and five backcountry camps are within an easy day's walk of each other.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Wood chips
Secondary Surface: Wood chips

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1981

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Roy Ritchie
Park Ranger
Redwood National Park
P.O. Box 7
Orick , CA 95555
(707) 822-7614 ext. 52
http://www.nps.gov.redw

 

Photos

Old Highway 101 peeling through the trail tread. Portions of the Coastal Trail follow the route of the old highway. Photo by Michael.

Old Highway 101 peeling through the trail tread. Portions of the Coastal Trail follow the route of the old highway. Photo by Michael.

 

Coastal Trail from Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach as the NorCal fog rolls in. Photo by Nikki Montembeault.

Coastal Trail from Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach as the NorCal fog rolls in. Photo by Nikki Montembeault.

 

Hidden Beach covered by fog. Photo by National Park Service.

Hidden Beach covered by fog. Photo by National Park Service.

Gold Bluffs as seen from Gold Bluffs Beach. Photo by National Park Service.

Gold Bluffs as seen from Gold Bluffs Beach. Photo by National Park Service.

 

Redwood National Park rocky coast and seastacks as seen from High Bluff Overlook looking north. Photo by National Park Service.

Redwood National Park rocky coast and seastacks as seen from High Bluff Overlook looking north. Photo by National Park Service.

Beach evening primrose. Photo by National Park Service.

Beach evening primrose. Photo by National Park Service.

 

Coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) in fog. Photo by National Park Service.

Coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) in fog. Photo by National Park Service.

Orange and purple sea stars on rock in tidepool. Photo by National Park Service.

Orange and purple sea stars on rock in tidepool. Photo by National Park Service.

 

Cow parsnip, False Klamath Cove, and U.S. 101 as seen from Yurok Loop Trail. Photo by National Park Service.

Cow parsnip, False Klamath Cove, and U.S. 101 as seen from Yurok Loop Trail. Photo by National Park Service.

Bull elk grazing on meadow. Photo by National Park Service.

Bull elk grazing on meadow. Photo by National Park Service.

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