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This trail descends 2,119 feet, in three and three-quarter miles, from the Bald Hills Road to the Emerald Ridge Trail.

This trail begins from Bald Hills Road approximately one mile south of the pavements end along the eastern park boundary. From the trailhead the route winds across the crest of Dolason Hill. Wind being the key word here, the Dolason Prairie Trail follows many switchbacks as it leads westward.

The first mile and a half from the trailhead leads through Donalson Hill Prairie. This area is covered in various grasses, with blooming wildflowers in spring. Low plants dry through the summer season leaving an amber hue to the ground by fall. The trail descends steeply over the prairie reaching an elevation of 1,150 before entering the final shaded portion of the descent.

Once within the trees the trail continues to descend. During the next mile and a half the trail drops 900 feet. Near the end of this descent the trail crosses a Redwood Creek tributary. The path ends at the Emerald Ridge Trail.

This trail can be used in conjunction with Three Day loop trail to form a lengthy backpacking trip. Remember to save energy for the steep ascent back to the trailhead from Redwood Creek. This trail is rarely used so the reward of the hard work negotiating it is solitude.

Directions: From Orick, Follow Highway 101 northward to Bald Hills Road. Turn right and travel 11.5 miles to the Donalson Prairie Trailhead.

Elevation: 2,449 feet

Ending Elevation: 350 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Redwood National Park, California

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