15 June 2022
Miner’s Ridge and James Irvine Trails
(12 miles, +1,700/-1,700 feet).
Yesterday we arrived in Arcata, an extremely cute town that is home to Humboldt State. We will be staying here for a few days as we explore some of the state and national redwood parks.
Since we could leave all our stuff in the AirBnB, today felt more like a hiking day than an auto-tour day. We left early for Prairie Creek Redwood State Park for a pair of trails that took us through giant redwood groves, down by the beach, past Fern Canyon, and back up into the redwoods.
The Miner’s Ridge trail took us high up and then back down to a road that runs parallel to the beach. I think there is a trail on the beach itself, but we couldn’t find it so we just walked the road. We had to cross a couple of streams and there were some very nice meadows along the way, including areas that are apparently used by tourists to get themselves in trouble.
The road took us back to Fern Canyon, which was pretty. But we didn’t feel like walking in the water upstream, so we just stuck to the James Irvine trail which climbs the ridge above the canyon.
We did not realize how long this hike would take, so we didn’t bring any food. Fortunately, there was a little grocery store in Orick on the way back to Arkata where we could get snacks!