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Trail

0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 206' 63 m
Descent: -198' -60 m
High: 293' 89 m
Low: 89' 27 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

An unforgettable loop through a canyon whose 30-ft cliffs are covered in an amazing array of ferns.

Kristen Arendt

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Kids will love scrambling along the stream while exploring an area that looks like a scene from Jurassic Park (dinosaurs not included).

Winter floods periodically sweep through this canyon, and seasonal bridges only exist in the summer.

Description

The Fern Canyon Loop Trail is not to be missed if you are in the area. This short loop trail takes hikers through Fern Canyon, a stunning canyon whose 30-ft walls are lined with ferns. These ferns, which cover the canyon walls, are an ancient species with an ancestry that dates back to nearly 325 million years ago.

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.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see a variety of ferns along this appropriately named canyon - sword ferns, five-fingered ferns, and lady ferns just to name a few.

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Sep 28, 2018
Brian Anderson
completed in the morning
Sep 8, 2018
Ross Mills
Aug 23, 2018
Gabe Guzman
Jul 7, 2018
Francie Barron
Great trail!
Jun 26, 2018
Wesley Reetz
May 27, 2018
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May 24, 2018
Amina Lea
Oct 25, 2017
Daniel Smith

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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  4.5 from 11 votes
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#77

in California

#484

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