• Fern Canyon

    Humboldt Coastal Hike

  • People hiking on forest trail

    Discover the Humboldt County Coast

  • Female elk in Prairie Creek State Park

    Coming in 2019

  • Man walking in forest

    Adventure is out there!

Two hikers sitting on a log, hiking equipment nearby

Adventure is out there!

July 8-11, 2019

OLLI at HSU is teaming up with local hiking enthusiasts for the Humboldt Coastal Hike – a four-day/three-night, fully-supported trek through the majestic redwood forests and along the breathtaking Humboldt County coastline. 

Enjoy three days filled with hiking and exploring nearby trails along the beach and into the redwoods. Adventures may include exploring Fern Canyon, visiting waterfalls, viewing rock formations, possible Roosevelt Elk sightings, or discovering the many facets of the vast beach.

The program fee includes dinners, camping fees, snacks, educational programs, transportation to and from the trailhead. Each day participants carry a day pack and depart on moderate hikes, leaving heavy gear behind. Camp hosts prepare dinners and transport gear.

The first Humboldt Coastal Hike was in summer 2018, and was a great success. Be part of the Humboldt Coastal Hike in 2019! 

 

Summer 2018 trek brought to you in part by Western Living Concepts

Timber Ridge Senior Living Community

Trek at a Glance

  • The excursion begins with a 7-mile hike on the Skunk Cabbage Creek Trail in Redwood National Park.  
  • Camp at Gold Bluffs Beach for two nights.
  • On day 2, choose an easy or moderate hike option, or just play on the beach near the campground.
  • On day 3 leave the coast and hike approximately 7 miles on some of the world's best redwood trails to Wolf Creek Education Center for an overnight stay.

     

Things to know

What is the cost of the trip?

Total program fee: $149

Please pay a $50 deposit before June 1 to reserve your space on the trip.

Please note: All participants must be a member of OLLI at HSU for the membership year beginning July 1, 2018. If you are not a current OLLI member, please select "new" or "renewing" membership on the registration form before you submit and pay your deposit.

OLLI Membership for the 2018-19 year is $35.

How do I sign up?

OLLI at HSU invites you to participate on our Humboldt Coastal Hike. Space is limited.

Contact OLLI at HSU by e-mail: olli@humboldt.edu

REGISTER ONLINE

What is the Itinerary for Day 1?

Skunk Cabbage Trail

Monday, July 16 - 8 a.m.

Participants will meet at Humboldt State University to attend a brief orientation meeting prior to departure. Volunteers will meet participants and provide direction. All gear will be loaded into vehicles. Please note all camping gear will be transported via separate vehicle to the campground.

Participants will need to carry a day pack with snacks, lunch, water and whatever gear is needed for comfort and safety on day 1. Travel via bus or van to the trailhead at Skunk Cabbage Creek Trail. Moderate hike is approximately 7 miles to Gold Bluffs Beach.

The Skunk Cabbage section of the California Coastal Trail offers a nice mix of forest and beach walking. The first few miles follow Skunk Cabbage Creek through mixed forests of spruce and hemlock with little elevation change. Low-lying areas support large patches of the trail's namesake. The trail then crosses a ridge and descends to the beach and continues north to Gold Bluffs Beach campground which lies in the dunes along a beautiful 10-mile stretch of golden beach.

Camp hosts will meet hikers at the campground with appetizers and beverages before dinner is served.

Upon arrival at the campsite, campers can pick up their gear and set up their tents.

Campground amenities include: solar showers, restrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables. Dinner included (details to follow).

Fireside program: Vicki Ozaki, Geologist with Redwood National and State Parks, will share about sneaker waves and tsunamis on the North Coast.

What is the Itinerary for Day 2?

Elk at Prairie Creek State Park

Tuesday, July 17

After breakfast, participants can choose their hiking experience of either exploring nearby trails along the beach or into the redwoods. Terrain, distance and difficulty will vary from 0-11.5 miles. Participants will need to carry a day pack with snacks, lunch, water and whatever gear is needed for comfort and safety on day 2.

Camp hosts will meet hikers at the campground with appetizers and beverages before dinner is served.

Camp at Gold Bluffs Beach. Campground amenities include: solar showers, restrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables.

Dinner included (details to follow).

Fireside program: Roy Richey, Retired from Redwood National and State Parks, will share about the history of Gold Bluff. His family ran the Union Gold Bluff Mine between 1872 and 1901.

What is the Itinerary for Day 3?

Tents on the coast

Wednesday, July 18

After breakfast, but before departure, participants will need to break down their campsite and prepare gear to be loaded into vehicles. Participants will not be returning to this campsite.

Leave the coast and hike approximately 7.5 miles on some of the world's best redwood trails to Wolf Creek Education Center in the heart of Redwood National Park.

The overnight provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the park in a secluded setting designed for a unique educational experience.

Overnight stay in shared cabins or outside in your tent.

Camp hosts will meet hikers at the center with appetizers and beverages before dinner is served.

Dinner included (more to follow).

Fireside program: This is an open night with time to socialize and share about our hiking experience, the marbled murrelet and other natural history of the area. There may also be an optional after dark scavenger hunt. We will also have a chance to learn more about the California Coast Trails either on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

What is the Itinerary for Day 4?

Thursday, July 19

The excursion concludes after breakfast at the Wolf Creek Educational Center. Participants will need to break down their campsite and prepare gear to be loaded into vehicles.

Anticipated departure back to Arcata by 11 a.m.

Optional early morning program (TBD).

How can I be best prepared for the pacing and physical requirements?

Trip pacing is subject to personal interpretation. The day-by-day itinerary descriptions will provide additional detail about the hiking distance included in each day.

This tour includes moderate physical activity. To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as walking longer distances on uneven terrain. We recommend this program to individuals who are physically fit.

Unfortunately, this tour is not appropriate for individuals who use either walkers or wheelchairs.

What are the accommodations?

Gold Bluff's Beach campground lies in the dunes along a beautiful 10-mile stretch of golden beach. Amenities include solar showers, restrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables.

Wolf Creek Education Center is located in the heart of Redwood National Park. The center has hot water showers, restrooms with flush toilets, fire pits, education center with large kitchen, and several shared cabins with padded bunks (or you can set up your tent).

What gear do I need to bring?

For your comfort, we recommend wearing comfortable hiking shoes so you can fully enjoy every aspect of your trip.

Bring your tent, sleeping bag and pad, and other camping essentials. Each day participants will carry their day pack and depart on moderate hikes, leaving heavy gear behind. Camp hosts will prepare dinners and transport gear.

What if I don't have all the gear I need?

Center Activities, a program of Humboldt State University, can support your outdoor equipment needs. Center Activities has an extensive list of gear available for rent [PDF].

Pick up gear at Center Activities on the HSU Campus or at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center on the Eureka waterfront.

Reservations can be made by calling 707-826-3357 or e-mailing Center Activities. See the Center Activities Outdoor Rental Gear price list [PDF]. Deposits are required for all rentals.

For additional policy information, see the Center Activities Rental Agreement Form [PDF].

What about meals?

Each participant is responsible to provide food for their breakfast, lunch and any snacks.

Camp hosts will prepare dinners each evening. Vegetarian and vegan options will be provided by request.

After each hike we will have a social hour with appetizers before the dinner meal is served.

When you sign up for the trip, we will send you a brief questionnaire so we can do our best to accommodate food sensitivities.

Participants will need to bring their own plate, bowl, utensils and beverage container.

Hot water and coffee will be available. Ice chest/coolers will be provided for cold food storage.

What is the weather like?

The weather is a fickle thing on the north coast. It can be sunny and warm, sunny and windy, overcast, overcast and windy, foggy, rainy, and downright blustery all in one day!

Average temperatures in July range from 60-75 degrees.

Plan to wear layers, so you can adjust according to the current weather.

What documentation is needed?

All participants are required to submit the following forms by June 16, 2018. 

The initial agreement form should be printed, signed and returned to the OLLI office.

The Release of Liability form can be submitted by following and completing the prompts on the form.

What is the meeting place and where do I leave my vehicle?

On July 16 we will meet outside of Harry Griffith Hall at 8 a.m. on the Humboldt State University campus.

You'll be greeted by volunteers who will provide direction on where to park, stow gear and what items you will need to bring with you.

Parking on HSU is included, and a parking permit will be provided upon arrival on campus.

Download campus map [PDF with building and additional parking info]

What is not included in the tour price?

Each participant is responsible to provide food for their breakfast, lunch and any snacks.

Can I still sign up?

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. At this time, there are still a few spaces left. We will start a wait list once the hike is full.

As of May 25, 2018, the program is full. Please e-mail OLLI with any questions.

Is there anything else I should know about the trip?

Please check back for updates or if you have questions contact the program coordinator, Kim Laney at 707-826-3713

I'm from out of the area, can you help with additional accommodations and travel?

Possibly...Contact Kim Laney, OLLI Program Coordinator at OLLI at HSU
707-826-3713 or olli@humboldt.edu

What if I have more questions?

Contact Kim Laney, OLLI Program Coordinator at OLLI at HSU: 707-826-3713 or olli@humboldt.edu