Best Humboldt Redwoods State Park Horseback Riding

The 7th most popular equestrian trail in California.

  Eureka, California, US


  July 7, 2016

South of Eureka near Weott, the Humboldt Redwoods State Park has over 50 miles of trails over 52,000 acres, including over 17,000 acres of ancient old-growth coast redwood forest. It has the largest remaining contiguous old-growth coast redwood forest in the world. The trees here are thousands of years old and have never been logged. This forest is as pristine now as it was 100 years ago.

The park is located 45 miles south of Eureka along the Avenue of the Giants and 20 miles north of Garberville.

To reach the Cuneo Creek Group Horse Camp from Highway 101, take the South Fork/Founders Tree exit. At the intersection with the Avenue of the Giants, turn left. Drive over the bridge above the Eel River. On the other side of the bridge is a sign indicating Honeydew and Rockefeller Forest. Turn left there and go under the freeway underpass. You are now on the Mattole Road. Drive about eight miles on this road and you will see the Cuneo Creek Horse Campground sign. Turn right and drive in the entrance road until you arrive at the campground.

A nice horseback ride is the 7 mile Albee Creek Trail (one-way) that leads up an old forest road to Grasshopper Peak (3379 feet) for vistas over the redwood forest below.

Here are the trails in the area:

Baxter Trail (from Mattole Road) 2.4 miles

Bull Creek Trail Camp to Perimeter Multi-Use Trail 2.3 miles

Fox Camp Multi-Use Trail (top of Pole Line to Mattole Road) 6.7 miles

Grasshopper Multi-Use Trail to Grasshopper Trail Camp 6.6 miles

Grasshopper Multi-Use Trail to Fire Lookout 6.7 miles

Grasshopper Peak to Mattole Road 11.9 miles

Homestead Trail 3.5 miles

Indian Orchard Trail 3.1 miles

Kemp Multi-Use Trail to Bull Creek Trail Camp 3.8 miles

Look Prairie Multi-Use Trail 3.5 miles

On Peavine Ridge Multi-Use Trail: Pole Line to Thornton 4.3 miles

On Peavine Ridge Multi-Use Trail: Thornton to Look Prairie 3.7 miles

Pole Line Road 2.3 miles

South Prairie Trail 3.2 miles

Squaw Creek Ridge Multi-Use Trail 7.6 miles

Tan Bark Multi-Use Trail 3.04 miles

Thornton Trail 5.2 miles

Overall, Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the 7th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Humboldt Redwoods State Park including King Crest Horse Trail, Horse Ridge Trail, Forks Of Blue Creek Trail, Orleans Mountain Trail, Somes Mountain Trail and Shackleford Creek Trail.

Local Contacts:  Humboldt Redwoods State Park (707) 946-2409; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; CA Backcountry Horsemen (888) 302-BCHC.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Cuneo Creek Group Horse Camp

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  40.3225, -123.9928

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/7/2016

ID:  13131

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