Kid Friendly Hikes Northern California

If you are anything like me, one of your main goals for the summer is to get the kids outdoors. Pulling children away from their screens and getting them connected to nature is a theme I often hear other parents discussing. From experience I know that exploring the many kid friendly hikes Northern California has to offer is by far one of the best ways to get our children engaged with the great outdoors. The magnificent kid friendly hikes both in and around Redwood National and States Parks have the tendency to instill a sense of awe and wonder for nature and her beauty, not only for the children, but the entire family as well.

We have compiled a list of some of the most kid friendly hikes Northern California offers….

While the Redwood National & State park system boasts some pretty amazing trails, the surrounding area of the entire Redwood Coast has some spots to explore that you and the family really do not want to miss. Starting from the North and working our way South, these hiking trails are some of the local favorites for families with children.

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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Named after the late environmental activist and former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson Grove is easily one of the favorite and most popular kid friendly hikes Northern California provides. You can walk among ancient redwoods on this 1-mile loop that lies near the top of a ridge in Redwood National Park.

One of features of the trails that families seem to like most is the brochure provided at the trailhead which corresponds to marked posts along the trail guiding you along this historically significant trail making it an education experience for all.

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Trinidad Head Loop

kid friendly hikes northern california Ocean views, spouting whales, and endless coastline. Trinidad Head Loop is an 1.3 mile trail located just outside of the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, CA. The trailhead parking is found at Trinidad State Beach and Trinidad Pier, which are also great places to explore with little ones. Trinidad head is actually one of the most accessible kid friendly hikes Northern California provides. It also boasts one of the best views along the entire pacific coastline. Grey whales, sea lions, and dolphins are often spotted from the trail’s numerous viewpoints.

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The Hammond Trail

Often referred to as the “best place to walk, jog, or bike” by Humboldt county residents, this popular trail cruises along spectacular bluffs that allow you to gaze out over onto the Pacific ocean. This is a well maintained, smooth trail consisting of a combination of dirt and asphalt. It starts off at Clam Beach State Park and ends at the Mad River Bridge in McKinleyville, CA.  In total the trail is 5.5 miles but can easily be done in smaller sections. If you are wanting to take the family on a bike ride while visiting the Redwood Coast this is the trail for you. There is a great little park located direct on the trail as well. There are also several places along the trail where you can spot whales.

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The NorCal Garden Casita

 

Humboldt Bay Trail

kid friendly hikes northern california While only sections of this trail are complete at this time, you do not want to miss out on one of the most kid friendly hikes Northern California and the Redwood Coast offers. At the moment, the northern 3- mile portion of the Humboldt Bay Trail seems to be the most popular section. It runs through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot a variety of migratory birds and native plant species.

Make sure to stop by the Visitors Center located at the Marsh. There’s lots of great interactive exhibits for kids and educational info about the marsh and its inhabitants.

The southern-most potion of the Humboldt Bay Trail is a 1.5 mile stretch known as the Hikshari’ Trail. This section winds along the Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. This is paved trail which makes it great for biking and skating. It is also pet friendly for those of you traveling with fur babies. Eventually the Humboldt Bay Trail will trace the length of the bay, connecting these two section of trail, spanning some 13 miles between Eureka and Arcata, CA. For now the various sections are all worth exploring.

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Yashi Stay, Arcata CA

Cheatham Grove

kid friendly hikes northern california Heading away from the coastline and a bit deeper into the redwood forest, Cheatham Grove at Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park offers a wonderful kid friendly trail that the whole family will enjoy. This 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located just off of Hwy 36 near Carlotta, CA. Chatham Grove features beautiful wild flowers and a particularly beautiful stand of ancient Redwoods. The beauty of Cheatham Grove is famously reflected in the movie Return of the Jedi which was filmed here.

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Cream City Cottage & Studio, Ferndale CA

 

With trails like these it is easy to get the whole family out this summer to explore the serene splendor of the Redwood Coast. As we all know, kids grow up entirely too fast. Making memories to cherish for a lifetime is what it is all about. And trust us, you and your family will never forget the natural beauty that exists along this most magical stretch of the Northern California coastline.

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Mountain Biker’s Paradise Near Arcata Vacation Rentals

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Humboldt County is a mountain bikers paradise. From coastal trails to mountainous ranges, the Redwood Coast’s wide variety of trail systems take riders through some of the most gorgeous and scenic parts of the entire area. Arcata, CA alone has something special to offer riders though….

Mountain bikers staying at any of our Arcata vacation rentals have a pretty sweet surprise nearby. In addition to the many boutique shops and restaurants located within walking (or riding) distance, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Arcata Community Forest. For mtb riders this means trails galore.

arcata vacation rentals, mtb trails The 790-acre Arcata Community Forest (ACF) takes riders through second-growth redwood forest on a wide variety of single track and fire road trails giving a glimpse into some of the best that the Redwood Coast has to offer. The north side of the ACF boast several trails for both beginner to advanced riders. Popular and easily accessed trails in this section located directly behind Humboldt State University include Trail 13 and the South Janes Creek Loop, a 2-mile multi-use trail that overlaps a 3/4 mile section of the also popular Arcata Ridge Trail. For more advanced riders the south side of ACF offers steeper terrain and technical rides.

Whether you are a rider visiting our Arcata vacation rentals looking for a mellow cruise through the forest or some serious downhill speed the Arcata Community Forest has a trail for you.

arcata vacation rentals, mtb trailsBiking through the ACF is a great way to see parts of Arcata unaccessible by car. This dense network of trails follow along amazingly beautiful old logging roads providing a variety of challenging mountain bike rides suitable for all skill levels. April is a great time to check out these rides too as spring has officially sprung and trilliums are popping out all over the place! The trails in the ACF are especially cool on rainy misty days too, but honestly, the natural beauty of the ACF is truly unparalleled at any time of year. If you are a rider from out of the area and have never ridden in a redwood forest, this is a must-do. For more about this extensive trail system, including access points, check out the City of Arcata Trail Maps.

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Guests staying at our Arcata vacation rentals can rent bicycles from Revolution Bicycles, located in Arcata with a second location in Eureka as well. Revolution Bicycles is owned by cyclists, staffed by cyclists and actively supports cycling in the community, making them an excellent resource for all thing cycling in Humboldt County. With proof of your stay with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, receive 15% of bike rentals with Revolution Bicycles. Road rider, mountain biker, daily commuter or just cruising with the family on the weekend, Revolution Bicycles has a bike to suit your needs! Be sure to check out their Northcoast Bike Rides blog too for more great info about other nearby trails.

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Mountain Biker’s Paradise

In addition to great trails, the Redwood Coast is also known for great bike friendly events. Some of of the most popular include the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race and the Tour of the Unknown Coast, both taking place in May. There are also some super fun weekend bike-and-hike days from October through May at Prairie Creek Redwood State Park. On the first Saturday of each month Redwood National & State Parks close the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to all motorized vehicles providing a great ride for both families with young children looking for a safe and easy ride, to those looking for a more physically-challenging route as well.

Search our Arcata vacation rentals now and start planning the ultimate bike trip to the Redwood Coast! 

Summer in the Redwood Forest


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Get your luggage ready, and grab the family this summer season, then spend your days along the Northern Coast of California for an amazing Redwood Forest vacation. With much to do in and around the Nation Forest that you’ll want to spend more than a few days visiting. Here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, we offer beautiful vacation homes throughout Humboldt County. You’ll want to head out on an incredible summertime adventure through the forest while sitting back and relaxing at one of our wonderful retreats.

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Summer in the National Redwood Forest or Northern California is cooler than you’d expect. If you are not used to warmer, drier air, you’ll want to make sure you are prepare for that. You might also notice a thick fog that rolls through the forests. This summer fog is normal and a part of coastal California life. The fog helps the large redwood trees survive during the dry season by pulling moisture from the ocean inland to keep them alive.

Along with the drier season, many people have summer vacations as children aren’t usually in school and it’s a nice break when the days get longer. Meaning that there will be a lot of people at the National Forests and State Parks because summer always brings an influx of visitors to the coast.

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When choosing one of our rentals and planning your day trips out to the National Forests or State Parks, you’ll want to make sure you have the right clothing for summer hiking. Hiking boots, shorts, and tee-shirts are great options, especially items that are made of cooling material like cotton or lightweight moisture wicking garments. As there are over 170 miles of walking trails throughout the Redwood National Forest and State Parks combined, you’re exploring might take awhile and you will want to be comfortable the entire time.

Along with the right clothing, you’re going to want to either pack a meal or make sure to stop somewhere along the way. After burning all those calories from hiking, we’re sure you’ll be hungry! You’ll find great dining options in Eureka and Arcata as the parks, unfortunately, do not offer any restaurants (for a good reason). If you’re willing to spend a little more, try out Trinidad Bay Eatery and Gallery. Enjoy their famous clam chowder which is known as the best on the West Coast or their delicious blackberry cobbler. Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata is a great option for those hungry for picnic food to take on their trip. Lots of Deli selections and fresh local produce are perfect for lunch. Cafe Waterfront Oyster Bar and Grill is a fabulous, local restaurant in Eureka that sells excellent seafood dishes or head right to Living the Dream Ice Cream for an after adventure snack along the coast.

But, be warned, the small town joints can close as early as 8 pm. Whether you need the fuel before your hike or keep you going throughout the night, these restaurants are places to try out.

When visiting the forests, pack binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for Black Bears as they tend to come out of hibernation from spring to fall. Along with bears, you’ll find an abundant wildlife roaming the forests, everything from Roosevelt elk to marine animals both on and off shore. But you’ll also find that there are plenty of park activities for everyone. Park Ranger programs help guests throughout the parks with guided nature hikes, information on coastal tidepools and history about the culture and ecology of the area. Summer is a time to visit the state parks if you want a lot of information on the beautiful Redwoods and those that call the forest home.

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While there are plenty of animals who call the redwood national forest home, so can you this summer season when you vacation with us! Our beautiful and diverse set of vacation rentals offers a great option for families, couples, and groups traveling together. Centrally located in Orick, CA, a small town right on the coast of the Pacific. You’ll find one of our beautiful rentals at Viewcrest Retro Country Home. If you’re looking for a spectacular view, this is the place for you! Fantastic mountain views or watch the waves crash against the shoreline, all from the comforts of this homes’ patio. Featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms and surrounded by nature, and near the Redwood Forest, you’ll be set for your entire vacation!

Let your redwood forest vacation shine this summer season when you stay with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We have just what you need to make North California your home away from home – even it’s just for a few days. You’ll get to experience everything from the massive sequoia trees to beach shores of the Pacific Ocean. So, what are you waiting for? Book your summer retreat with us and get ready for your redwood forest vacation!

 

The Creamery District – Arcata’s Premier Arts Destination

“Of the 58 counties throughout California, Humboldt County boasts more artists per capita than anywhere in the state.”

Creamery District, Arcata CA
Creamery District, Arcata CA

For all involved, converting a 100 year old cheese factory into a bustling art district has been a pure act of love. Love, that is, for  the city of Arcata, CA and the lively community of artists and freethinkers which reside there.

In the 1970’s what were then the new owners of the once California Central Creamery had a vision of turning this ran down, yet very industrial chic part of their quaint little Northern California town into a full blown art district. Over the years, what started off as a few artist and musician studios, eventually blossomed into a very special arts and business district within Arcata. The Creamery District, which is located just blocks away from the downtown Arcata plaza, now boasts all sorts of unique and interesting offerings, including wonderful community events and festivals.

Street-MuralOver the last few years specifically, the Creamery District of Arcata has undergone its greatest metamorphosis. Starting in 2012 the Arcata Playhouse, a live performance theater located in the district, began its efforts to revamp this vital art “neighborhood”. Thankfully, due to the Playhouse’s efforts and their commitment to building community through the arts, the city’s zoning laws for the district were eventually changed from solely industrial to mixed use commercial thus inviting an even more types of businesses to set up shop. The Creamery District is now home to not only the Arcata Playhouse, but dance studios, fiber artists, a stained glass studio, the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, jewelry factories, a self defense academy, a cider brewery, retail shops, a yoga studio, and a wide array of other creative enterprises. Also for the first time, the district is beginning to see restaurants and cafes pop up around in the hood.

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Tasting @ Wrangletown Cider Co.

When asked why she chose to open her business in the Creamery District, Patricia Knittel, owner of the district’s very own Wrangletown Cider Company, said in a interview with Times-Standard’s Tabitha Soden “The zoning was appropriate for it as well as the fact that there are a lot of interesting places here”. Wrangletown Cider Company produces small batch hard ciders made from select apples sourced from a variety of Northern California Orchards. Wrangeltown craft ciders honor the rich history of apple farming in Humboldt County and it seemed very fitting to Knittel to house her business in such a historic Humboldt County location. Be sure to drop by Wrangletown Cider Co. for a tasting during their business hours on Fridays and Saturdays or call them directly to schedule an appointment for a private tasting and tour!

Presto Cafe by Holly Yashi
Presto Cafe by Holly Yashi

Another sweet little spot that has opened its doors to business in the district recently is Cafe Presto, a coffee cart housed in a one-of-a-kind, fully restored Piaggio vehicle. Holly Hosterman and Paul Kibitz, owners of Holly Yashi, an artisan jewelry company also located in the Creamery District, feel in love with a similar mobile espresso cafe while on vacation in Italy and decided to recreate the cafe in the Arcata’s very own arts district. This is the perfect place to visit after taking a tour of the Holly Yashi design studio. Apparently Cafe Presto prepares all of its drinks with a La Speziale S40 Suprema espresso machine which was specially imported and is the only one of its class in all of North America!

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Saturday Arts Market, Arcata CA

Perhaps the best way to check out the Creamery District is by visiting the Saturday Art Market on the last Saturday of each month from June through September. This free, outdoor, family-friendly event showcases local artists selling high quality arts and crafts and a flea market where folks sell other treasures. The market is usually features live music from local musicians as well. A super fun thing to check out especially after the Saturday Farmers Market on the Arcata plaza just a couple of blocks away.

Creamery District Art Festival, Arcata CA

Creamery District Community Arts Festival features “pageantry, music, art, comedy” as well as a big top circus each year. This super fun event is great for the entire family. Arcata’s revived Creamery District and its multitude of businesses present this three-day festival every August and invites outdoor spectacle performers, Vaudeville Variety shows, and a plethora of vendors and live musicians to celebrate the arts with them in the amazing little community that they have created.

So if you are exploring downtown Arcata don’t forget to mosey a little ways off of the Arcata Plaza and visit the Creamery District and all of its liveliness, just a few blocks away. Catch a show at the Playhouse, take a tour of a design studio or brewing facility, sip on some cider or a latte, or attend a fun outdoor summer festival or event. The Creamery District is truly one of the many gems of the Redwood Coast.

Downtown Arcata's Very Own Art District
Downtown Arcata’s Very Own Art District

 

 

Simply Magical Vacation Rentals Northern California

Mermaid Cove – Newly Remodeled Riverfront Beach Home Vacation Rental, McKinleyville CA

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Coastal Vacation Rentals Northern California

The newest addition to the Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals is quite a treat. This freshly remodeled beach home located in McKinleyville, CA has taken coastal homes to a whole other level. Vacation rentals in Northern California just got a whole lot better with this one.

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Coastal Vacation Rentals Northern California

Perched aside the Mad River and featuring amazing, unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this modern beach house is nothing short of a truly magical getaway.

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Mermaid Cove

Officially dubbed “Mermaid Cove”, this gorgeously and appropriately decorated 3 bedroom, 3 bath vacation rental in Northern California is located in a desirable neighborhood of McKinleyville and would be fit for Ariel herself! The special care for details throughout the entire home add a whimsical touch that is sure to melt your heart. From the recycled sea glass countertop, to seashell shaped sinks, you truly get the sense of being whisked away by the tide in this beautiful vacation home.

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Coastal Vacation Homes

Mermaid Cove boasts modern amenities, riverfront access, private deck with hot tub & gas firepit, spacious and inviting living spaces, all new furnishings, and much more. You will not find any other vacation rentals in Northern California like it.

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Coastal Vacation Rentals Northern California

Enjoy the views of the ocean from your living room or bedroom. Dine in style at the grand dining table. Enjoy breakfast or evening drinks at the bar. Pamper yourself in one of three amazingly tiled and decorated baths. Warm up next to the gas burning stove. Curl up and watch a movie in any bedroom or the living room. Cook a five-course meal for the whole family in a modern kitchen with all the amenities, (and all turquoise cookware to boot). Play a game of 9 ball on your private pool table or play some ping pong. Take the Kayaks to the river and head to the dunes. Take a bike ride on the bikes provided down the Hammond Trail. Enjoy the hot tub or fire on your private deck and look over the pacific. By now, you may have gathered… Mermaid Cove Beach Home is the perfect home to retire to during your Redwood Coast Adventure. Vacation Rentals in Northern California are generally pretty amazing but Mermaid Cove is definitely unique and very special.

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