Hiking Humboldt

Hike 9: Fern Canyon – Friendship Ridge

Fern Canyon - Friendship Ridge

Fern Canyon – Friendship Ridge

This hike traverses a wide variety of habitats, including spruce and redwood forests and coastal prairie. It begins in Fern Canyon, one of the region’s best-known and most-popular sites. It then gently ascends Friendship Ridge and descends West Ridge. The last couple of miles, on the Coastal Trail (a popular bicycling route), are flat; watch for short spur trails to waterfalls along this stretch. Summer wildflower diversity is excellent, as are the chances of observing elk.

eBird list for Fern Canyon – Friendship Ridge hike & vicinity

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parkinfo@parks.ca.gov, 707-488-2171

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