The Tey-Wo-Lew section of the Coastal Trail is a dirt road that was open to cars as part of Coastal Drive until 2011. When parts of the road started to slump, the road was closed to cars, converted to a trail, and renamed after the Yurok word for the Pacific coast.
It’s surprising how quickly the road changed from a dusty hard-packed dirt road to an overgrown green track; in places it’s already hard to tell that it was ever a dirt road. Today the road is a pleasant place to hike — a huge improvement over when it was open to cars. The road is more or less level and runs along the top of a high coastal bluff. About half of it is shaded with attractive spruce and alder woods, and the constant roar of the ocean drifts up from the beach below. Nonetheless, it’s not anything spectacular; there aren’t any redwoods, and for the most part, views of the ocean are blocked by trees.
Here’s the trailhead location in Google Maps.
Start at the end of Coastal Drive, off Newton B. Drury Parkway. There are wide pullouts where you can park.
The first mile of the trail is sometimes used as an access road for Alder Camp, so it’s a wide, drivable dirt road. The road passes an old vista point that used to be quite popular. When the road curves off to the right into prison property, take the barely-visible trail that drops off straight ahead.
The trail descends into attractive coastal woods. This is the slumped section of the road; it’s clearly too narrow to drive but looks pretty typical for a trail.
The trail widens slightly and becomes a dirt road again, although a narrow, overgrown road that’s not used by cars. As you head north, the trail becomes increasignly road-like.
The trail ends just before the intersection with the main road to Alder Camp.
© 2014, 2017 David Baselt