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Skunk Cabbage Trail

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 3.3 (6)

Visitors wishing to admire the abundant wildlife in the unique Redwoods ecosystem will find this trail a great escape.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

639' 195 m

High

48' 15 m

Low

679' 207 m

Up

668' 204 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Description

If you're seeking to find some of the park's full time residents, this trail is the perfect way to do so! Meandering through secluded redwood forests away from the bustle of the main visitor center, this trail offers hikers the opportunity to see some of the shy residents of the park.

This trail begins at the Skunk Cabbage parking area, where there are plenty of amenities, including bathrooms and a picnic area. From here, the trail begins a leisurely journey through the North Coast's signature redwood forests. Fog often persists during the summer months, maintaining cooler temperatures. After about 1.5 miles of easy hiking, there will be a steep ~.5 mile hill climb. Though the grades increase, this climb is not overly strenuous, and hikers will enjoy the challenge of ascending over the ridge.

On the other side, hikers will make a short descent to the beach, where this trail ends. From here, it's possible to pick up the Coastal Trail, if a longer outing is desired. Once you've enjoyed the waters of the Pacific Ocean, head back the way that you came.

Flora & Fauna

A whole bevy of critters can be seen on this trail, so keep and eye out for Banana Slugs, giant salamanders, and red tree voles. You'll also be able to enjoy a particularly diverse forest, complete with redwood, Sitka spruce, and Douglas fir.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Redwood

Shared By:

Mikhaila Redovian

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  3.3 from 6 votes

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Winter light falling through the trees
Aug 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Dim winter light through mossy trees.
Aug 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Ocean view from where Skunk Cabbage Trail reaches the beach
Aug 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA

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Mar 29, 2021
Russell Burdge
Mar 4, 2021
Valerie Norton
Hiked including the beach portion, and the bit of beach going sout: https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2021/03/california-coastal-trail-skunk-cabbage.html
Aug 11, 2017
Ricardo Aguayo
2h 00m
Jan 4, 2017
Tilman Giese
8.7mi — 4h 08m
Aug 15, 2016
Lauren Smith
National park services is out doing some work on the trail (clearing and bridge repair and removal) so bring your boots and make sure to say hi! 3.5mi — 11h 30m