DAMNATION CREEK – Due to structural failure of a foot bridge approximately 1 ¾ mile from the Damnation Creek trailhead, the bridge has been closed to public access. The Damnation Creek Trail remains open to the bridge but access to the beach from the trail is closed until further notice. Access to the Coastal Trail from the Damnation Creek trailhead remains open.
While the Damnation Creek trail is one of the most popular “Redwoods- to-the-Sea” trails in the parks, other outstanding options remain. The James Irvine Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a wonderful five-mile one-way hike through old-growth redwoods to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. Skunk Cabbage Trail just north of Orick off U.S. Highway 101 is a four-mile one-way hike through a redwoods and Sitka spruce forest that will open on to the south end of Gold Bluffs Beach. Portions of the Coastal Trail between Crescent City and Orick provide visitors with stunning ocean overlooks and cathedral-like towering redwoods.
For further information on park trails, conditions and ranger-led activities, please contact the park’s information office at 707-465-7335, or stop by any Redwood National and State Parks visitor centers.