As the fog roiled over the beaches and shops of downtown Brookings at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, it was with some trepidation that the Marks family from Baton Rouge, La. set out to hike two trails near Alfred A. Loeb State Park.
The group was joined by family members from Brookings and was greeted by sunshine and moderate temperatures as they disembarked from their vehicle.
The plan was to hike the River View Trail departing from Loeb Park until it ended at the trail head for the Redwood Nature Trail in the Siskiyou National Forest.
With hikers ranging in age from 4 to 37 the trails struck the perfect balance between difficulty and ease with gentle meandering paths and some steep sections strewn with rocks and roots.
The flora is abundant and explained in a brochure conveniently provided at the River View trailhead. The brochure has two sets of interpretive trail markers detailed in it to give visitors a self-guided tour of the trails.
"I can't believe that Loren has never brought us here before," Sandra Marks said. "We've been on a lot of trails around Brookings but we've never been here."
Sandra's husband, Loren, is a 1990 graduate of Brookings-Harbor High School and the family was back in town for a yearly visit.
The trail is considered by many to be a little-used gem of the area and offers a easy to medium-difficulty level trail for a few hours spent in the forest.
The round-trip time for the trail is approximately 2 hours.