Orick - (1.8 miles; O&B) - Carruthers Cove Beach TrailCoastal Drive
Orick, California 95570
This short trail, located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, leads hikers down to a beautiful, remote beach and is the ideal place for a picnic, exploring or just relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Humboldt County.
For the most part, the first part of the trail is all downhill to the beach. It's a fairly well maintained trail that is full of green, Humboldt lushness. It's such short trail that you almost have to remind yourself to enjoy the journey or it will be over before you know it. Of course, any trail that goes straight down, is most coming most likely coming right back up but it goes by quick.
If you haven't done this hike, it would be a great one to add to your list on a day when you're out checking out the area.
*Please pack out your trash when you visit*
Distance: 1.8 miles; Out & Back
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Camping: There is camping in the park. Check out our Humboldt Camping Section for more information.
How to Get There:
The trailhead to the beach is located on Coastal Drive within the park. The map shows the Carruthers Cove Trailhead to the beach.
From the Carruthers Cove Trail you can connect to the Ossagon Trail which will lead you to another incredible beach.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a true gem of the California State Parks System and is home to almost 45 percent of all of the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California. The park offers hiking and biking trails (75 miles worth!), camping, beachcombing, redwood and beach picknicking and much more. It's also home to Gold Bluffs Beach and the incredible Fern Canyon.
Other Things to do in the Area:
If you're heading North, visit our Del Norte County Road Trip section for things to do along the way. Trinidad State Beach is just to the south and when you get hungry, visit our Eat & Drink section for some delicious, local choices.
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