We managed to secure a last minute reservation at the coveted Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. I have seen this on several lists in the past as one of California’s favorite campgrounds and it is certainly a beautiful place. We left Tall Trees Trailhead and drove back to the Kuchil Visitor Center where we switched out gear from our trailer. The staff was kind enough to let us leave the trailer at the visitor center one more night as trailers are not permitted on the one lane Davison Road that leads into the campground.
A few of the campsites are nestled in the dunes adjacent to the beach while ours was just a short walk to it. We set up the tents before making our way over to the beach where the kids spent the afternoon playing.
We dusted off the sand as we walked back to the campsite where we cooked dinner and built a fire. Sitka spruce provided wind breaks from the offshore winds. We ran back down to the beach to watch the sun drop below the horizon for the evening and spent the next few hours enjoying the gathering dark around the campfire.
Thursday morning we fixed breakfast and broke down camp. We made the short drive over to the famed Fern Canyon. This short slot like canyon is known for the dense growth of ferns lining its 50 ft walls and was a site filmed for Jurassic Park II. It is a truly unique spot and definitely one see if you find yourself in the area. The trail is short with no discernible elevation change and can be included as part of a 7 mile loop day hike if desired.
We finished up the hike and headed to our destination for the next several nights, Elk Prairie Campground.