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Dolason Prairie Trail

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Trail

4.6 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 94' 29 m
Descent: -2,142' -653 m
High: 2,420' 738 m
Low: 278' 85 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A descent towards Harry Weir Creek that can be steep at times through beautiful open prairie followed by quiet forest.

Zander Göpfert

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A fairly steep descent that ends at the Emerald Ridge Trail which has a parking area less than a mile to the north for a point-to-point run option or head back from the end of this one for a 9+ mile, down-and-up, out-and-back.

Description

Access this trail from the marked trailhead off Bald Hills Road, around 11 miles from the turnoff on Hwy 101, at the Dolason Parking and Picnic Area. It can also be accessed via the Tall Trees Grove Trailhead and the Emerald Ridge Trail.

The swaths of open meadow on this trail provide a unique experience in this otherwise densely wooded national park. Starting from the easternmost end, this trail winds through beautiful fields and oak woodlands. Look for the interesting structure that serves as a relic from the days of large sheep-herding ranches that operated in this area for close to one-hundred years.

Use the open vistas to scout out Rodgers Peak to the south/southwest, which was clear-cut by loggers during the 1960s/70s. Continue down the trail into an old-growth redwood forest as it heads deep into the gorge along Emerald Creek.

This trail ends at the junction with the Emerald Ridge Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Look for soaring red-tailed hawks, black-tailed deer around the meadows, and signs of elusive mountain lions.

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Land Manager: NPS - Redwood

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Jun 8, 2019
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