Known as one of the best mountain biking experiences in northern California, the rugged Coastal Trail follows the route of old U.S. 101 as it winds along ocean bluffs through giant redwoods. The “Last Chance” section of the trail, mostly in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, begins at the Crescent Beach Overlook at the south end of Endert’s Beach Road. In half a mile, you pass Nickel Creek backcountry camp and Endert’s Beach. From there, you head gradually up along the coast and into the old-growth forest until you reach the junction with the Damnation Creek Trail. This 13-mile roundtrip showcases some of California’s finest backcountry coast and redwood forest landscapes.
Bikers can also explore the old logging roads of Mill Creek Day Use Area—a good place to view a few remaining old-growth stands with logged areas in different phases of regrowth and restoration. It’s open Saturdays and Sundays year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hikers and leashed dogs are welcome, too.