Fern Canyon Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 206' 63 m
Descent: -198' -60 m
High: 293' 89 m
Low: 89' 27 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“An unforgettable loop through a canyon whose 30-ft cliffs are covered in an amazing array of ferns.”— Kristen Arendt
Family Friendly Kids will love scrambling along the stream while exploring an area that looks like a scene from Jurassic Park (dinosaurs not included).
To access the Fern Canyon Loop Trail, park at the nearby Fern Canyon parking area off of Davison Road and head north on the Coastal Trail for a short ways before taking the right-hand turn onto the Fern Canyon Loop Trail. The trail starts with a short, easy uphill trek before leveling off in the canyon as you hike along the streambed of Home Creek. There may be some trees along the way that you'll have to climb over or under.
This section of the trail is absolutely stunning, as you hike through an area straight out of prehistoric times. This large canyon is completely covered with ferns - dark, green sword ferns, velvety five-fingered ferns, and delicate lady ferns. Small sections of the trail are on a boardwalk, and dirt paths meander through this giant canyon.
The trail then climbs out of the canyon to a junction with the James Irvine Trail; stay left to continue on the loop. The trail meanders through equally lush forests to rejoin its start not far from the Coastal Trail.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - North Coast Redwoods District