Coastal Trail: Last Chance
ElevationAscent: 1,758' 536 m
Descent: -1,122' -342 m
High: 1,035' 315 m
Low: 88' 27 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“If you're looking for one single section of the Coastal Trail that covers almost all that Redwood offers, this is it!”— Mikhaila Redovian
The trail starts out with a gentle descent to Enderts Beach. Though this stop is early in the trail, a detour is well worthwhile. There are plenty of tide pools to admire, and you'll be able to appreciate the diversity of Northern California's coasts from this point.
Once you've admired the beach, prepare for a steep climb as the trail continues south. You'll be following along the road cut from the old coast highway, and you'll be able to see your destination as the trail winds up the oceanside bluffs. Steep but short, this section provides incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, and you'll reach the top of the bluffs after about a mile of hiking. From there, you'll be following the mostly rolling top of the bluffs. Though you'll still enjoy plenty of Pacific views, you'll now find yourself wandering among the redwood forests this area is famous for.
Take your time to admire the lushness of the flora here, as well as the biodiversity. Huge redwoods, hemlock, and Douglas fir will shade your way, and large ferns make up the understory. In season, keep an eye out for huckleberry lining the trail, which make for an excellent trail-side snack. You may even see a few enormous banana slugs, as they make their way through the trees and underbrush.
After a few shady miles, you'll cross an intersection with the Damnation Creek Trail. This is another worthwhile detour, as the trail heads back down to the beach, where more abundant views and a different perspective of the cliffs can be had. Once you're back on the Coastal Trail, you'll have a short ways before coming to the end of the trail. Once you've reached the Redwood Highway, you can either end your journey here, or continue onto the next section, the Coastal Trail: Middle.
Land Manager: California State Parks - North Coast Redwoods District