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At last there is a definitive guidebook for the magnificent and beautifully mysterious hikers' paradise known as the Redwood Coast of Northern California. In this new title in the Top Trails series, veteran outdoors author Mike White leads day-trippers and backpackers into some of the most awe-inspiring terrain on earth. Step-by-step in his trail-worn boots, the author created a menu of 57 diverse routes, from a gentle half-mile morning loop to a 29-mile backpacking adventure. Winding through Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties, he guides readers into this landscape of lush, old-growth redwoods; picture-postcard vistas to Pacific Ocean sea stacks; winding descents to undisturbed beaches and mesmerizing tide-pool life; pathways to inland canyons; and untamed wilderness shy on humans but boisterous with herds of Roosevelt elk. For readers ready to hit the trail, this is the can't-do-without guide and for armchair travelers, it's 57 journeys into wonderland.
Mike White grew up in Portland, OR, where his adventures in the Cascade Range spawned his interest in the outdoors. He became a full-time writer, eventually writing or contributing to numerous outdoor guides. A featured speaker for outdoors and conservation organizations, he lives in Reno, NV.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS LocatorsRedwoods MapRedwoods Trail TableUsing Top Trails Organization of Top Trails Choosing a TrailIntroduction to Redwoods Geography and Topography Flora Fauna When to Go Trail Selection Key Features Multiple Uses Trail Safety Camping and PermitsOn the Trail Have a Plan Carry the Essentials Food Less Than Essential, But Useful Items Trail EttiquetteChapter 1 Mendocino County 1 Hendy Woods State Park: North Loop 2 Montgomery Woods State Reserve: Montgomery Woods Trail 3 Van Damme State Park: Fern Canyon Loop 4 Chapman Point & Spring Ranch Headlands 5 Mendocino Headlands State Park-Big River Unit: Big River Haul Road 6 Mendocino Headlands State Park: Mendocino Headlands 7 Jackson State Demonstration Forest: Forest History Trail 8 Russian Gulch State Park: Russian Gulch Trail 9 Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park 10 Jughandle State Reserve & Jackson State Demonstration Forest: Ecological Staircase Trail 11 Jackson State Demonstration Forest: Chamberlain Creek Falls 12 MacKerricher State Park: Ten Mile Beach Trail Chapter 2 Kings Range Conservation Area & Sinkyone Wilderness State Park 13 Lost Coast Trail: Mattole River to Shelter Cove (North Section) 14 Lightning Trail to Kings Peak 15 Lost Coast Trail: Hidden Valley to Usal Beach (South Section) Chapter 3 Humboldt Redwoods State Park & Humboldt County 16 F.K. Lane Loop Trail 17 Stephens Grove Loop 18 Nature Trail 19 Founders’ Grove 20 Rockefeller Loop 21 Big Tree Area 22 Homestead and Big Tree Loop 23 Bull Creek Flats and Big Tree Loop 24 Allens Trail 25 High Rock River Trail 26 Grieg-French-Bell Loop 27 Drury-Chaney Loop 28 Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park: Cheatham Grove 29 Headwaters Forest Reserve: Elk River Trail Chapter 4 Redwood National Park & Vicinity 30 Trinidad Head LoopTrinidad State Beach 31 Patrick Point State Park Trails 32 Stone LagoonHumboldt Lagoons State Park 33 Redwood Creek 34 Lady Bird Johnson Grove 35 Tall Trees Grove 36 Emerald Ridge Loop 37 Dolason Prairie Trail 38 Lyons Ranch Trail 39 Coastal Trail: Skunk Cabbage Section 40 Trillium Falls Loop Chapter 5 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 41 Fern Canyon Loop 42 Big Tree Loop 43 Brown Creek-Rhododendron-South Fork Loop 44 West Ridge-Prairie Creek Loop 45 James Irvine-Miners Ridge-Coastal Trail Loop 46 Hope Creek-Ten Taypo Loop 47 Ossagon Trail Chapter 6 Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park 48 Yurok Loop and Hidden Beach 49 Klamath Overlook 50 Damnation Creek Trail 51 Coastal Trail: Enderts Beach 52 Coastal Trail: Crescent Beach Chapter 7 Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park & Vicinity 53 Boy Scout Tree Trail 54 Stout Grove 55 Simpson Reed Grove and Peterson Memorial Trails 56 Lieffer and Ellsworth Loops 57 Myrtle Creek Trail Appendices 1 Top Rated Trails 2 Campgrounds and RV Parks 3 Hotels, Lodges, Motels, and Resorts 4 Major Organizations 5 Useful Resources Index Author and Series Creator