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James Irvine Trail

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Length


5.0 Miles 8.1 Kilometers


845' 257 m

Ascent

-732' -223 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

514' 157 m

High

136' 41 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

Conditions


All Clear 70 days ago
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An iconic Redwoods trail that heads along Godwood Creek and ends at the famous Fern Canyon.

Kristen Arendt

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Description

The James Irvine Trail is one of the quintessential redwood trails in the area, and offers visitors an unforgettable journey through an old-growth Redwood forest.

This moderate trail can be accessed at its southern end near the Prairie Creek Visitor Center. The trail has a gentle climb for the first 1.5 miles, passing a junction with the Miners Ridge Trail on the left. Stay right to continue your hike.

After this, the trail meanders on a short half-mile descent, taking hikers down nearer to Godwood Creek, and a more mellow section of trail that carries you through the majestic Redwood forests. Hikers will be dwarfed by the massive trees, as the singletrack trail winds through the lush undergrowth.

The trail ends at the world-famous Fern Canyon and Home Creek. After arriving at Fern Canyon, hikers have the option to continue on the Coastal Trail and link up with Miners Ridge Trail for a strenuous return trip or simply retrace your steps back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Redwoods galore, banana slugs, and tiny mice. Surprisingly, the forest floor is a very silent and unpopulated with forest critters.

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Sep 3, 2018
Steven Johnson
6mi
Jun 14, 2018
Carolyn Rodgers
May 30, 2018
Alex Griffin
Pretty chill and scenic hike hat the whole family could do 5mi
Jan 2, 2017
Tilman Giese
Jul 19, 2016
Tim Rau
Jun 13, 2016
Abby Pocian
Jun 11, 2016
Marjorie Kasten
Jul 28, 2015
Bri Francisco

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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  4.5 from 6 votes
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