Root Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.
Really pretty, easy trail. The only elevation climb is in first 20mins. It's straight up, but really smooth path. Walking under a canopy of trees almost the whole time, the whole trail. Bring your bug spray.
The only downfall, is this doesn't lead to anything. You go right to the creek, and have to turn right around. Not really enough space to even sit and have lunch or have four people stand at the same time.
The pictures already posted to this trail are not on this trail. I think they kept on the Pacific crest Trail to castle crags to get their shots. I would likely stay on Pacific crest next time, to see a better end game. But, following this map, you turn off to the right to go to root creek.
Like I said, great trail but nowhere to really sit down in the sun and relax.
Otherwise, this has to be one of the easier portions of the Pacific crest Trail.
Gorgeous and easy trail
Nice, easy hike. And they put in a couple bridge/boardwalk areas to get through without getting muddy in the wet season. We went most recently in late May & saw some white orchids. The trail ends at pretty Root Creek.