Hike Through the Redwoods to the Beach on this Northern California Trail

Ossagon Trail

The Northern California Coast has some pretty amazing hiking trails that lead visitors through towering redwoods and onto some of the best beaches in the state.  The Ossagon Trail in Humboldt County is one of those amazing trails. 

Located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the Ossagon Trail has an incredible payoff that takes less than two miles to reach. This trek is popular for both the journey and the destination and should be at the top of any adventurer's list when in the area.

This 3.6 mile out-and-back trail starts with a short incline before descending down to one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Coast. Enjoy the old-growth redwoods that line the first part of trail as you make your way. The ferns and other plants that surround the trail are green and lush, the air is fresh and the birdsong you hear along the way makes for a nice soundtrack on this peaceful trail.

Once you reach the bottom, the trail moves through a gorgeous meadow/marsh and on to the beach. The creek here often floods in the winter and spring and it can become muddy and wet through this area. It's important that you take note of where you came out of the trees so it's easy to find your way back after exploring Ossagon Rocks and other parts of the beach.

Ossagon Rocks in the distance

The Ossagon Rocks are really cool landmark and are a testament to the strength of the Northern California Coast. These giants are a unique attraction on this beautiful beach and are a great place to relax and enjoy the environment of your efforts. A short distance beyond Ossagon Rocks there are more big rocks and rugged coastline to explore.

Hikers can also reach this beach and the Ossagon Rocks from a number of different starting points; including Fern Canyon. If you're looking for a hike that's a bit more intense, the Friendship Ridge - Coastal Trail is pretty amazing and will get you here as well.

Check out our video on the Ossagon Trail hike.  Be sure to like and subscribe for more videos about Northern California Outdoors & Entertainment.

How to get there

The trailhead is located right off of Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway at mile marker 132.9; about 5.6 miles north of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.  There will be a few parking spots on the side of the road. Click HERE for a map to the Ossagon Trailhead.

When you visit, please leave the trail better than you found it. 

Other info

 The Hope Creek Trail can be accessed from this same parking area and the trailhead is across the street from the Ossagon Trailhead.

*Click the link for more information --> Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 

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