This beautiful oceanside trail once roared with the sound of logging trucks and trains too heavy for regular roads, carrying freshly cut trees to mills in nearby Fort Bragg. Now, the only thing roaring is the ocean as it approaches the soft, sandy beach, with its dramatic dunes. And instead of logging trucks, the trail is now used by walkers, joggers, and cyclists enjoying the spectacular coastal views.
The iconic trestle bridge over Pudding Creek was built by the Union Lumber Company as part of the Ten Mile Railroad more than a century ago, in 1915. When the lumber company closed in 1949, the bridge and railroad were converted to a roadway, and finally, in the 21st century, to the multi use trailway you see today. This is the only remaining trestle from the old logging railroad.
Today, you can enjoy walking, riding your bicycle, or running along the former logging road, stopping to enjoy the breathtaking ocean vistas and wildlife at rest and play, from harbor seals to sea lions to migrating whales. Bring your binoculars for better viewing of these wonderful creatures and the ever-changing ocean.
The haul road runs for several miles along the shoreline. It can be accessed from the Pudding Creek trestle at the south end and from the parking lot just north of the Beachcomber Motel on the north end. Dogs are allowed on leash only, and are not allowed once the trail reaches the Inglenook Fen Ten Mile Dune Preserve, a protected habitat for the Snowy Plover.