Cruise a 1930s road on Last Chance Coastal Trail
OLD REDWOOD HWY Ride #2
Long before HWY 101 paved the way for 60-mph cars to blaze through Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, a narrow, one lane road brought redwood tourists in model A's and T's through this stretch of rugged coastline south of Crescent City. Now this relic road from 1920s and 30s is only open to foot and bicycle traffic, providing one of the best and most secluded bike rides in old-growth redwoods in Redwood Parks.
The trail is marked on Redwood Parks maps as the Last Chance section of the Coastal Trail, and it is intersected by the Damnation Creek Trail - a side hike to consider if you have time, energy and bike lock.
If you can arrange a shuttle and you're not intimidated by a hike- and-bike adventure, then Last Chance Coastal Trail makes a great eight-mile point to point from the south end, where the trail meets HWY 101 North to Enderts Beach Road. Park your finishing car at the Crescent Beach parking area to finish the ride with the long downhill on Enderts Beach Road. An easier and less logistics-intensive option is to bike out and back, still starting from the south side.
The trailhead is easy to miss, a gated pull-out on the west side of the road (right side if you're traveling from Crescent City) at post mile 15.5 on 101. the first mile of the trail is very flat followed by small drops and climbs for 3 miles until the trail crosses a bridge over damnation creek and the path becomes increasingly less old road like. This is a good spot to turnaround making for an 8 mile total out and back that avoids steep climbs and descents.
Continue downhill on single track trail avoiding the prickly blackberries sometimes growing over the trail until you reach a steep uphill climb. turn around here for 10 mile out and back.
Point to point riders continue up the steep hill that calls for walking for at least 200 yards then enjoy an amazingly fun and smooth downhill - at least until the last quarter mile rocky section starts. Consider the side hike down to Enderts Beach on your left the continue straight to reach Enderts Beach Road.
Coastal bluff overlooks and historical sites
Coastal Drive begins right from our park, turn right as you exit our park on to Klamath Beach Road. The coastal bluff south of the Klamath River with great views of the river estuary and the Pacific Ocean hundreds of feet below. ever since Redwood Parks permanently closed part of Coastal Drive in 2014, a 3.3 mile section of the road has become a bike & pedestrian only trail with some great views from the relatively flat, high coastal bluff. Coastal Drive is accessed by taking Klamath Beach Road to Alder Camp road enters on the left. You can use the parking at this intersection for a short pre bike ride visit to the Douglas Memorial Bridge site, where you can stand on part of the bridge that was taken out by giant redwood logs during the Christmas Flood of 1964 and see pictures of the carnage that took place.
Continue 2.8 miles on Klamath Beach Road before it turns into Coastal Drive and the bike ride starts. Parking at the trailhead for Flint Ridge Trail is a good option, adding 1.2 miles of biking on Coastal Drive, but for a shorter bike ride, continue driving to the parking area for the High Bluff Overlook. Whether by bike or by vehicle, make sure to check out the old World War II Radar station shortly after the Flint Ridge Trailhead. These buildings were disguised as old farmhouses but really housed military radar equipment watching for Japanese attacks.
The car-free section starts after the High Bluff Overlook parking area and features the constant roar of the ocean below, periodic Pacific Ocean views and seclusion in spruce and alder forest. keep an eye out for overlooks on the ocean side.
After the car-free section, the road passes the trailhead for the Carruthers Cove Trail, adding a side hiking trip to Carruthers Cove would take 2.2 miles round-trip climbing 581 feet on the return, but the reward one of the more secluded beaches even by the Redwood Parks standards with large boulders for scenery.
20.8 mile loop. Paved road single track dirt trail, and gravel/dirt road.
Old- growth redwoods, Sitka Spruce forest, 100 foot waterfall, Fern Canyon, Gold Bluff Beach and views of Elk.
Moderate to difficult due to distance and 1,200 feet of climbing
Take the Newton B. Drury Parkway exit #765 from
Hwy 101, 3.5 miles south from our park.
Relatively flat, with some small hills on the old road bed until a bridge crosses Damnation Creek with steep hills ahead. There are few out-and-back options to make this trail as long as you like.
Old growth-Redwood seclusion, an historic road and ocean views.
Moderate 8 mile out-and-back by turning around at the bridge.
Moderate 10 mile out-and-back with one big hill by turning around at steep climb.
Difficult 8 mile point-to-point with uphill hike section and rocky, steep downhill before Nickel Creek.
Head south on Hwy 101 from crescent city to post mile 15.5. Gated turnout on right.
COASTAL DRIVE Ride #1
THE RIDE: 9 miles
round trip from Flint Ridge
Trailhead to Carruthers Cove
Trailhead. Gravel Road &
single track on old gravel
Praire Creek Redwoods State Park entrance is only 3.5 miles south of our park, take Hwy 101 south drive 3.5 miles take exit #765 Newton Drury Scenic Parkway.
This 20.8 mile loop through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has some of the best mountain biking single track in the area's redwood parks and an amazing variety of sights to see.
Park at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center on the south end of Newton B. Drury Parkway. Pick up a map for the trail, and ask for some tips since the last section can get tricky. The first 5.7 miles of the ride shares a paved road - Newton B. Drury Parkway - with cars, but the old-growth redwood on either side is fantastic for the whole slowly-climbing stretch. Look for the Ossagon Trail on your left where the single track begins. The trail starts with fast two mile drop down the coast with fast winding turns that is fun but not very technical. Ossagon Trail starts in decidedly redwood forest but Sitka spruce takes over as the Pacific Ocean comes into view. This stretch of coast is known as Gold Bluffs Beach, and during the height of the gold rush, it was one of the most notoriously rich placers in the west, washing up thousands of piunds of gold on area beaches. Once at the bottom, take your first left on the Coastal Trail. It is common to see elk on the coastal plains of Prairie Creek State Park. Again take your first trail left through a swampy area and keep an eye out for a 100 foot waterfall on your left.
Continue for a little more than a mile before Fern Canyon Trail enters on your left. This is a must see side-hike with 30 foot canyon walls completely covered with lush ferns. Parts of the lost World: Jurassic Park were filmed here.
The Coastal Trail end here. Make use of the bathroom located here before pedaling on Davison Road for 4.8 miles.
Take a left onto the bicycle/jogging trail leading back to Elk Prairie Campground. This is an old road that now resembles single - track.
Continue straight over the bridge after about one mile. In 0.75 mile take left on the road. Take a right on the road after 0.2 mile. You will pass through a couple gates before following the signs back to the visitors center and your car.
Klamath, CA 95548
Redwood National Park
Whale Watching, Hiking, Wildlife Watching, Beach Exploration, Camping
Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Overlook, Historic WWII Station, Trails, Campground, Accessible Features
No fees required
OSSAGON TRAIL LOOP Ride #3
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