At the Yurok Country Visitor Center, we are often asked about the best hiking trails in Klamath. When we have so many gorgeous and accessible trails to choose from, this question is difficult to answer.
Breathtaking ocean views. The tallest trees on Earth. Our trails span meadows, forests, and beaches.
Everyone, regardless of their background or fitness level, can experience the beauty of Yurok Country. That's why we've compiled a list of our favorite hikes, from beginner to advanced levels. Each hike showcases the unique natural wonders Yurok Country has to offer.
Recommended Gear for Your Hike
Before we start, it’s important to ensure your comfort and safety. We recommend packing these 4 essentials based on our own hikes through Yurok Country.
Hiking shoes: Sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes are essential for navigating the trails of Yurok Country.
Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays with eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen.
Packable Jackets: Be prepared for colder weather with packable jackets that provide warmth and insulation.
Snacks: Carry some healthy and easy snacks to keep you energized during your hiking adventures. The Pem-Mey Fuel Mart is a great one-stop shop for locally sourced snacks.
5 Hikes for All Skill Levels
Hidden Beach Trail: A Secluded Gem
Great for beginners
1.5 miles round trip
The Hidden Beach Trail is a perfect hike for beginners. This 1.5-mile trail takes you through a stunning redwood forest, and leads to a secluded beach. As you walk, the majestic presence of the surrounding redwoods creates a sense of awe. Arrive at Hidden Beach to find crashing waves, soft sand, and serenity.
Though the severity depends on the time of year, be prepared for some muddy boots following consistent rainfall in the area.
Yurok Loop Trail: A Scenic Journey
The Yurok Loop Trail offers a scenic journey through the wonders of Yurok Country. This 2-mile loop provides stunning views of the Klamath River and surrounding mountains. Along the way, you might catch glimpses of indigenous wildlife such as elk or osprey. The amazing vistas serve as a reminder of the rich heritage and natural beauty of Yurok Country.
Because of its length we consider this an intermediate level hike. The trail takes an average of 45 minutes, which leaves plenty of time for a picnic at the trailhead when you’re done.
Coastal Trail, Klamath Section: A Journey Along the Pacific
Snacks are a must for this day-long adventure. The meandering Coastal Trail is a moderate hike following the rugged coastline for nearly 8 miles. The trek is well worth the breathtaking views of the Pacific that showcase the untamed beauty of our region. The salty, coastal breeze graces the densely wooded forest. Vibrant wildflowers paint the rocky cliffsides. Trust us, you’ll be stopping for pictures around every corner.
Be sure to watch for some steep sections as you navigate the uneven path and take in the remarkable views.
Damnation Creek Trail: A Challenge Worth Undertaking
The name says it all. For experienced hikers who seek a challenge, the Damnation Creek Trail is the perfect choice. This 3.4-mile hike offers steep inclines and rewarding views. As you descend 1,100 feet, the dense forest envelops you, creating an immersive experience in nature. The trail leads to a beach, where you can marvel at the vastness of the ocean or unpack some snacks for a peaceful picnic.
Tall Trees Grove Trail: Conquer the Heights
4.5 miles round trip
For the most intrepid hikers, the Tall Trees Grove Trail offers a truly epic adventure. This challenging 4.5-mile hike showcases the tallest trees on Earth and rewards you with awe-inspiring views. As you navigate the 850-foot descent to the grove, you'll witness the greatness of the ancient redwoods. Shafts of sunlight filter through the trees' dense canopy, creating a magical ambiance.
Be sure to plan ahead and secure your free day pass online. The day-pass requirement ensures the trail isn’t overcrowded and stays well-maintained year-round.
Plan Your Indigenous Travel Adventure
Yurok Country offers an extraordinary opportunity for indigenous travel, immersing you in the heritage and natural wonders of our region. Whether you're a beginner looking for a serene beach experience, or a seasoned hiker looking for a challenge, our trails cater to all fitness levels and nature lovers.
Plan your visit today and embark on an unforgettable journey through the majestic beauty of Yurok Country!