The Iverson trail is one of the most popular family-friendly trails in Portola Redwoods State Park. Visitors enjoy the flora changes along the route including riparian to dry oak and huckleberry woodland, punctuated by Douglas Fir and redwood groves. A side branch off the trail leads to the scenic Tip-Toe Falls, which is lovely in the spring when wildflowers are blooming and home to little salamanders and other interesting critters. In the summer, the pool provides a wading pool to cool off hot feet in the summer.
Over the years with use and natural erosion, the trail had deteriorated over the years. A section below Tiptoe Falls, had extensive erosion and unsafe walking conditions. The stream channel had redirected and ran down the trail, forcing hikers to create alternate routes to avoid stream channel. To address these problems, Parks staff proposed to reroute the to go higher up on the hillside and out of influence of the stream channel. This trail alignment required constructing two sections of interlocking steps to quickly climb out of drainage and rerouting to narrow crossing of an existing wet section where a puncheon (bridge without handrails) would to span it. New trail signs were also required at three locations to capture the new trail intersections.
In coordination with Parks, PCRF offered to help with the cost of material, including lumber, rebar, and the new signage. In turn, the Foundation contacted their partners at Big Creek Lumber, who offered to supply the lumber needed for the new steps and signage.
The projects was delayed in the spring due to the C-19 but was carried out in late summer. The beautiful trail was completed for the late opening of Portola Redwoods SP and is now open for visitors to enjoy.