Hiking The Lost Man Creek / Holter Ridge Trail
The 48th most popular hiking trail in California.
Thursday 4 August 2016 03:30 GMT
South of Klamath and north of Orick in the Redwood National Park, the 11.5 mile Lost Man Creek Trail (aka Holter Ridge Trail) is an old logging road switching back along th eastern boundary through 300 foot tall redwoods over 1000 years old. The hiking trail crosses a wide bridge that spans Lost Man Creek and offers glimpses of rock pools framed by lush streambanks. Along the route, you will also see five-fingered ferns, wild ginger, tanoaks and deer ferns.
To reach the hiking trailhead from the town of Orick, go north on US 101 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Lost Man Creek Road and go about 1 mile to the trailhead.
From the trailhead, it is one mile to the first bridge, 3.8 miles to the second bridge, 11.5 miles to Bald Hills Road. All the distances are one-way. The first 2 miles are moderately difficult. Then there are steeper grades with switchbacks. If you are looking for the easiest route, shuttle to Bald Hills Road and descend back down over 1,900 feet of vertical.
Overall, Lost Man Creek / Holter Ridge Trail is the 48th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Lost Man Creek / Holter Ridge Trail including Coastal Trail, Damnation Creek Trail, Little Bald Hills Trail, Mill Creek Trail and James Irvine Trail.