From Highway 101, drive approx. 2 mile north of Orick to Davison Road and turn left. Follow through Elk Meadow and onto dirt road. Follow this spectacular scenic drive for 6 miles until you reach Gold Bluffs Beach (motorhomes and trailers are not allowed on this road). Once at the coast, follow the road along the beach for another 3 miles (fording through several small streams -- do-able by car) until the parking lot at the end. The trailhead to Fern Canyon is there, about 1/4 mile from the actual start of the canyon.