Mill Creek Horse Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crescent City, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Redwood National and State Parks 1111 Second Street Crescent City, CA 95531 By Phone 707-465-7335 By Fax 707-464-1812
Did the hike today as mapped with my 7 month old lab that is being trained as a service dog. The trail and area are very beautiful. There are a lot of redwoods but not near as much as some of the trails nearby. About mid way on the hike there is an option to do part along Mill Creek but it was closed due to the beginning of the salmon spawn. I'll do that option in the summer. To begin the hike there is a hill that is .9m long. Along the hike there are a couple of other big hills that are about a half mile and another probably a mile. There is also an easier option to this trail and it can be done from 3 different starting points. As mapped it's 10.3 miles. If you follow the 1st posters directions it's about the same but if you open the gate he mentioned you can drive up the road and park and skip one of the hills and about 1.5 miles of the hike. You'll actually see a bathroom and a handicapped parking space up there. The only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars is you hike on way too many old logging roads instead of single tracks. This will be a hike I repeat many times...
The trail does start where it is mapped. In fact it starts at the Mill Creek Horse Trail where it shows. I started it from the posters advice from below and without knowing the names of the trails stayed on Rellim Ridge and ended up by the closed Mill Creek campgrounds. I walked out the road to 101 and took country roads back past the casino and up Howland Hills rd and back to my car. It still was a nice hike. If you start out at the Mill Creek Horse Trail there is a nice trail map posted at the beginning of the trail that actual gives the trail names so you can do the hike as planned. As you start up the hill on Howland Hills rd you will see a sign on the right for Mill Creek Horse Trail. The next time I do it I will complete it as mapped and post again.....
Nice trail but the trailhead is not where the map indicates; go all the way up howland hill rd until you get to the stout grove gate. There's another gate to the east, you have to park there then walk 3/4 mile to the entrance.
Not a lot for large redwoods but very pretty open forested trails! Moderate, long (9 miles to the end and back) but a good diversion! :-)