Fern Canyon Hike

Trip Start Apr 07, 2013
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Trip End Oct 07, 2013


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Awake early as always we packed up our gear and moved the car to the meadow by the visitor centre. There was a layer of mist over the field and some elk were wandering about. The males with huge antlers are very majestic looking. Once we'd filled up on brekkie and warmed up with a hot chocolate, we began our long hike. We planned to walk the John Irvine Trail to Fern Canyon, complete the Fern Canyon loop and then walk along the beach to pick up the Miners Trail to bring us back to the start.

This was definitely one of the best hikes we have done. The woods were so wild, full of the giant redwoods and covered in green ferns. We wound round through the forest, up and round ridges exploring the lush nature. Then we reached Fern Canyon, and this was a real adventure.

We climbed down to the canyon floor and the 50 foot vertical walls were covered in ferns, like a couple of big hanging gardens. We had to follow the stream down, which meant tiptoeing on stones, climbing under, over and balancing across fallen trees to traverse the stream making our way down.

Once we emerged at the beach, we made our way to the seafront passing a couple of lazing Elks by the dunes. After a lovely sunny stroll to Gold Bluff Beach, we found the Miner Trail to take us back through the beautiful and enchanting forest.

We left the state park and headed north up the coast to Crescent City where we found a Super 8 Motel. After a much needed shower we took our stove down to the beach to cook some dinner with the seagulls.
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