The Yurok Loop

Length 1.2 mi · Climbing 100 ft
California > Redwood National and State Parks > Redwood National Park

The northern tip of the loop has some coastal views


This short loop is fairly popular because it’s short, it starts from a rest stop right alongside Highway 101, and it has some nice ocean views. All the views are in the first quarter-mile, and after that the loop isn’t especially exciting, so most visitors don’t hike the whole trail. As a result, after the ocean viewpoint the trail is little-used and overgrown.

The trail doesn’t have any redwoods.

Hike description

Here’s the trailhead location in Google Maps and Google Street View. In fact, the entire loop can be viewed on Google Street View.

Start at the Lagoon Creek Picnic Area. There’s a parking lot with restrooms that’s often used as a rest stop for people driving Highway 101.

The trail starts at the end of the parking lot and immediately enters a small wooded patch. A side trail leads to Wilson Beach. Stay left, passing a driftwood-strewn cove and coming to the start of the actual loop in just a few yards.

Here’s where the actual loop begins

Take the right-hand trail, which climbs gently through coastal woods. The trail breaks out of the woods at the ocean viewpoint at the northern tip of the loop. After this point the trail narrows as it continues to climb gently through an open grassy area with a few patches of woods.

Turn left at the next intersection. The trail, which descends into dense spruce and Douglas-Fir woods, is in somewhat poor condition here. Although it runs alongside a former mill pond, the woods are so dense that you can’t really see the pond.

The second half of the loop is covered with dense forest

After returning to the loop intersection, turn right and return to the parking lot.

A view of False Klamath Cove from near the beginning of the loop



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