There’s something off-putting about a stretch of the Coastal Trail located on the inland side of the highway. But that’s no reason to put off a hike on the northern stretch of the trail’s DeMartin Section, featuring a unique raised path through grand old growth.
You could do the entire DeMartin Section in a single hike, but it’s 6.3 miles one-way, which might necessitate a two-vehicle approach. The alternative described here begins at the Damnation Creek trailhead on the west side of Highway 101, eight miles south of Enderts Beach Road.
After a half-mile on Damnation Creek Trail turn south (left) on the Coastal Trail and follow the wide path of the old Redwood Highway for close to a mile, eventually turning left again to stay on the Coastal Trail just before the old highway route runs into the current one near Last Chance Grade.