As Published in the May 2012, issue of Honest Horses MagazineClick Here for a PDF file (2MB) of the article
Northern California is home to Humboldt State Park with its attendant Giant Redwoods, well maintained trails, giant redwoods, a luxurious horse camp, spectacular riding trails, and did I mention giant redwoods?
Encompassing nearly 53,000 acres, of which over 17,000 are untouched old growth coast redwoods, Humboldt is the largest remaining old growth redwood forest in the world that equestrian users are fortunate to have access to. Of course we’re here for the horse and mule opportunities and equestrian visitors to the Cuneo Horse Camp will find about 50 miles of multi use trails open to horse and mule riders in this remarkable setting.
Humboldt offers both excellent day riding and horse camping options with most equestrians beginning their explorations from the Cuneo Creek Horse Camp, which offers easy access to several trails, including the Indian Orchard and Homestead trails directly from the horse camp. From these two trails riders can connect with many others to create rides of any length and difficulty.
Horse campers will find that Cuneo Creek Horse Camp is a very inviting and comfortable area with both group and individual camp sites. Amenities in this remarkable setting aren’t lacking either; the campground offers picnic tables, fire rings, bear lockers, treated water, flush toilets, coin-operated showers, and even a mounting platform. There are 12'x12' metal pipe corrals, water troughs, tie rails, and a sand pit where your grateful horse can enjoy a good roll.
As you might guess, with this number and these types of luxuries, Cuneo Creek is a very popular place, drawing horse and mule riders from far and wide. Reservations are highly recommended.
With temperatures staying between 70 and 90 summer is generally considered the best season for riding and camping. However, for those that wish to experience the park in more solitude the camp is open year round.
Two quick reminders on riding and camping at Cuneo Creek:
This campground is located in black bear country. All food and scented items must be stored inside a bear locker to prevent unfortunate events for both you and the bears.
Please help keep these trails and this park open to equestrian use by following good Leave No Trace practices and remembering to exercise restraint when riding after a rainfall to avoid unnecessary trail damage.
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