Humboldt County
Orick


Orick, California is located on California State Highway 101 north of Eureka and south of Crescent City. It was established sometime in the middle of the nineteenth century and it is said that the name is derived from that of a Native American village that was once located there. In the past, the name has been spelled a variety of ways including Arekw, Orekw and Oreq. Gold was discovered just north of town, at Gold Bluffs in 1851, but development of Orick probably depended more on the increasing need for lumber than on mining. No appreciable amounts of precious metals were ever found in the immediate vicinity of town. The first post office was established there in 1887. In subsequent decades, logging of public lands dominated the economy of the community, but today that activity is restricted to a small patch of private land and is of much less importance to local livelihoods.

There are very important old growth redwood stands on all sides of the town. To the north, is Prairie Creek Redwoods and the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. To the south, is Humboldt Lagoons State Park. To the east, is National Redwood Parkland that includes the Tall Trees Grove. The Coastal Hiking Trail, which runs all along this protion of the coast, is to the west. Some of the trees in the vicinity are record holders for girth and height. A very nice stream, which is appropriately named Redwood Creek, flows through town. The 2010 census counted 357 people living in Orick. Although it is surrounded by state and national parkland very few tourists actually stop in Orick and the community makes little effort to attract them. The one exception is the wood carving enterprises that are sprinkled through town. In addition to the usual whimsical garden decorations, they also produce some interesting, if very unique, furniture.

Orick, Northern California

Orick, Northern California

Orick, Northern California

Orick, Northern California

Orick, Northern California

Orick, Northern California

Orick, Northern California