13 June 2022
Discovery and Upper Loop, North Trail
(4 miles, + 400/-400 feet).
Our son Double Sub just graduated from UC Davis (yay!) and while Half Cookie and I are up here anyway, we decided to do a day-hiking road trip in northern California.
First stop: Hendy Redwoods State Park. There is a nice double-loop there that takes you first through a redwood grove and then through a meadow.
After Hendy Woods, we were going to do a walk on the Mendocino Headlands trail, but it is exposed and it was cold and windy today, so we opted for a river walk in Russian Gulch State Park on the North Trail.
Although the flowers were quite remarkable, we were not so thrilled with the trail — by the river it is wide and manicured for bicycles (we even saw a few kids biking). If we were to come back, we’d follow the North Trail when it turns into single track and starts climbing.