DeMartin North

Redwood National and State Parks

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. 

TRAIL NOTES

  • THE HIKE: Northern half of DeMartin Section of Coastal Trail, with additional stretch of about a mile and a half thrown in to provide parking at Damnation Creek trailhead, making a round-trip of about 8 miles. 
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Instant gratification upon embarking from trailhead; stretch of old Redwood Highway; and unique meandering ridgeline that delivers old-growth panoramas. 
  • SWEAT LEVEL: Round trip includes some ascents/descents, but hike delivers views that would normally require more sweat.
  • GETTING THERE: Damnation Creek trailhead is on west side of Highway 101 about eight miles south of Enderts Beach Road. 

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