Bald Hills Road
Distance & Duration: ~17 miles, one way (from junction with U.S. 101 to Lyons Ranch trailhead); 45 minutes.
Directions: Signed exit for Bald Hills Road is about 1 mile north of Orick, Calif. on U.S. 101; after about 13 miles Bald Hills Road becomes unpaved.
Ascend a steep, 15 percent grade through old-growth redwoods (with trail access to the Lady Bird Johnson and Tall Trees groves) before passing through several open prairies resplendent with spring wildflowers, Roosevelt elk, and black bear. Along the way, the Redwood Creek
Overlook provides outstanding views of its namesake drainage as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
Further on are trailheads leading to the picturesque and historic Dolason and Lyons ranch sites. Near this southernmost part of Redwood National Park is Schoolhouse Peak—the highest point in the parks at 3,097 feet.