MTN BIKING—Ossagon Loop (Prairie Creek Redwd. SP)

Rating (Out of 5): 4.5

Location: Near Orick, Calif.

Distance: 20 mile loop

Difficulty: moderate

Camping: At campsites

Quick hit: The Redwood National and State Park system isn’t the best place for riding, but this 20 mile loop provides an outstanding option for those willing to take it on. It covers stunning old-growth redwoods and heads past the wonderful Gold Bluffs Beach. Because of the number of people, winter can be a good place to ride here.

The makes use of multiple trails and roads. The best place to start is at Ossagon Trailhead, just off Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Ossagon trail shoots steeply downhill through some truly stunning old-growth redwoods. Then the trail links up with the Coastal Trail and follows the ocean to Gold Bluffs beach across some flat but tough riding. The Coastal Trail is often flooded in spots during winter but can be ridden through.

The Coastal Trail eventually reaches the paved Davidson Road, which heads along Gold Bluffs Beach, which is quite beautiful. At this point there’s an option. Riders can either continue on paved Davidson Road back to the highway (Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway) or take the challenging, adventurous route of Streelow CreekTrail, which can be found on the left side off Davidson Road. Both Davidson Road and Streelow take you to the Prairie Creek Visitors Center. Riders will then follow paved highway — Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway — back to their cars at Ossagon Loop.

Make sure to bring a map. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF THE ROUTE.

(You can also do the route backward by starting at Prairie Creek Visitors Center.)

Directions: Follow Highway 101 south of Crescent City, Calif., for 25 miles. Turn right onto Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Follow this road a few miles to Ossagon Trailhead on your right.

For more info: http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3758

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