West Ridge Trail to Prairie Creek Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Orick, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.
West Ridge and Zigzag are awesome trails. West Ridge is definitely one of the best in the park...the trees and sunlight filtering in are awesome. Prairie Creek however is not... my least favorite so far in the park along with Streetlow. The creek itself is pretty but the trail isn't. West Ridge is one I'll do again for certain and highly recommend. It's gorgeous because you get more sun because of the western exposure...
This was one of the best hikes into the old growth that we did. We hiked from the Prairie Creek Visitors Center up West Ridge trail to Zig Zag 2 and looped back on Prairie Creek Trail (about 10 miles overall) and West Ridge Trail was by far the highlight of the trip. The trail goes through new growth deep into the old growth redwoods and was well worth it. It's not to often you get to look down on redwoods but you could on this trail. Trail was in great shape and was nothing short of spectacular. We took a little longer than some would as we stopped and took lots of pictures.