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Damnation Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer out and back
73% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,215' 370 m
Descent: -1,200' -366 m
High: 1,104' 336 m
Low: 52' 16 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)

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Trail shared by Ben Wagner

A moderate trail with a mixture of forest and ocean.

Ben Wagner

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Overview

A well-signed trail that takes you through Coast Redwoods and ends at a secluded beach.

Need to Know

The bridges near the bottom of the trail are maintained, but still fall into disrepair. If you see signs warning of broken bridges, do not be discouraged! The creek is narrow and shallow, and a makeshift stepping-stone bridge will still allow you to access the beach.

Description

From the trailhead, follow signs for the Damnation Creek Trail. At the 0.5 mile mark, you'll intersect with the Coastal Trail. Stay to the right (the uphill path) for another 0.1 miles until you intersect with the Coastal Trail again. At this point, follow the sign for Damnation Creek Trail. It's all downhill from here!

Enjoy the Coast Redwoods that surround the trail, and watch as the vegetation begins to change as you get closer to the salty air. The path will level out, and a short jaunt through tall grass will give way to the beach.

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#396

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Photos

This trail makes you feel like you should see a dinosaur.
Jun 21, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Foggy forest.
Dec 18, 2015 near Bertsch…, CA
Damnation creek as it flows into the Pacific
Mar 8, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
The end of Damnation Creek Trail
Dec 16, 2015 near Bertsch…, CA
Fog over Damnation Cove.
Dec 18, 2015 near Bertsch…, CA
This trunk looks like a smiley face!
Jun 21, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA

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