Step back in time for a magical ride through the redwoods on the world-famous Skunk Train. Since 1885 the historic Skunk has made its way through old-growth redwood groves, over scenic trestle bridges, through spectacular tunnels, and into the heart of the Noyo River canyon. Today’s riders enjoy the same pristine views that have remained largely unchanged for well over a century.
Hot Topics: Pudding Creek Express, Railbikes on the Noyo and the Wolf Tree Turn
Pudding Creek Express This scenic 7 mile round-trip, originating at the Fort Bragg Depot, takes you along the Pudding Creek Estuary and some of the first tracks laid by the California Western Railroad which began in 1885. Common sightings include blue herons, egrets, osprey,and turtles. This trip is perfect for those with limited time who want to explore the rest of the breathtaking Mendocino Coast. The trip includes at least a 15 minute stop to walk on a trail through the redwoods for a total trip time of from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on the schedule.
Railbikes on the Noyo River Discover a new side of the world-famous Redwoods Route on two-person Railbikes, custom crafted especially for the Skunk Train. These two-person pedal-powered vehicles (there is also an electric motor assist if needed) take you on a seven mile journey along the Pudding Creek Estuary in peaceful quiet. You may see herons, osprey,and other wildlife. It is an ideal excursion for couples and families. Trips leave from the Fort Bragg Depot.
Wolf Tree Turn This 2 hour trip, departing from the Willits Depot, will take you from the Willits valley floor to the highest point on the rail line. During this trip you will pass through Tunnel #2 and descend into the redwood-thick Noyo River Canyon, stopping briefly at Crowley while you enjoy the splendor of one of the oldest and most iconic trees along the route.