James Irvine Trail
ElevationAscent: 845' 257 m
Descent: -732' -223 m
High: 514' 157 m
Low: 136' 41 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“An iconic Redwoods trail that heads along Godwood Creek and ends at the famous Fern Canyon.”— Kristen Arendt
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.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - North Coast Redwoods District