During the light spring rains, and even the heavier winter rains, this can be an especially magical trek. The creeks are flowing wildly, and the dense canopy mostly protects you from the drops of water – while still lending a glistening dewiness and hypnotic sound to the entire experience. During summer months the late afternoon is the best time to visit, as the light filters down through the leaves and makes beautiful patterns on the ferns and moss beds.
From the Mendocino Coast, plan on a bit over an hour to get to the park, taking Comptche-Ukiah Road, just south of the Village of Mendocino. Leave at least two hours to experience the park in fullness.