This short loop is fairly popular because it’s short, it starts from a rest stop right alongside Highway 101, and it has some nice ocean views. All the views are in the first quarter-mile, and after that the loop isn’t especially exciting, so most visitors don’t hike the whole trail. As a result, after the ocean viewpoint the trail is little-used and overgrown.
The trail doesn’t have any redwoods.
Start at the Lagoon Creek Picnic Area. There’s a parking lot with restrooms that’s often used as a rest stop for people driving Highway 101.
The trail starts at the end of the parking lot and immediately enters a small wooded patch. A side trail leads to Wilson Beach. Stay left, passing a driftwood-strewn cove and coming to the start of the actual loop in just a few yards.
Take the right-hand trail, which climbs gently through coastal woods. The trail breaks out of the woods at the ocean viewpoint at the northern tip of the loop. After this point the trail narrows as it continues to climb gently through an open grassy area with a few patches of woods.
Turn left at the next intersection. The trail, which descends into dense spruce and Douglas-Fir woods, is in somewhat poor condition here. Although it runs alongside a former mill pond, the woods are so dense that you can’t really see the pond.
After returning to the loop intersection, turn right and return to the parking lot.
© 2014 David Baselt