A nice little stroll with some beautiful trees and a few photo ops. My wife and I did it in the summer. We also walked Walker road back to the river. It's a nice area with some easy walks that most people can do and will enjoy. We probably came across a dozen people that day. We also did the small hikes on the other side of walker road that day.
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...
This is a great relatively short hike through redwoods and ferns that is sure to get your heart pumping! There are several switchbacks that have a steep incline going up to the top of the trail, while the downhill is less severe. The biggest drawback is limited parking right on highway 199, be careful if you have to cross the road.
Not really much of a trail... This is an area where a few people walk around looking at the water. A few parties at night. Most of it is along short bluffs with multiple little trails going in different directions and at time you get on the shoreline. Three because everything next to the ocean is a 3 simply for the views.
This is a local favorite. My wife and I take almost every visitor of ours to this trail for its range of benefits. Great trail, can be as long as you want (continues to other great trails...), Mill Creek itself is amazing in its natural beauty and asset as a spawning habitat... Can't go wrong.
We also run it a lot as a training run. Mild grades and very little technical footing.
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.....
3 stars for a spring or winter drive, 2 for summer tourist season. Probably the ugliest, dirtiest drive anywhere in the redwoods in the summer. In the winter after some rain it's even a good place to stretch your legs with the dog once the trees gets washed off a bit. There are some good trails of this road as well.
Nice drive, frustrating that NPS lists this as a good option for hiking with your dog. Lovely, if you want to be continually choked by dust and exhaust. I respect sensitive environments and the wildlife concerns of having dogs on trails, but when I see dogless idiots mucking off trails trampling everything in their paths in the name of vacation photography, and then think about being relegated to walking a dusty roadside with my dogs...meh. Like I said, nice drive. Not so nice for a walk.
Excellent trail and views of fantastic old growth redwoods. A very good up and back that starts out uphill to get your breathing regulated and of course ends downhill to get in a cool down. I saw 20-25 cars and 40-50 people and it was offseason after the kids went back to school. Some areas were spaced out enough to be able to see the tops of the trees with the sunrays filtering through. The only downfall to this trail is because of the traffic you have to watch your footing with all the exposed roots on the trail. It was a pleasure to see about an 80 year old couple with their mini packs and hiking sticks doing the trail together If you like this hike you will also like the Howland Hills hike that is only about a mile away. Much less crowded and almost as good.
I hike with my dogs in this area. The trail is mostly flat and easy with some gentle rises on trails the width of small roads. There is a herd of Elk in the area and I was pretty close to 2 cows with young calves and what appeared to be yearlings with them. The trail is also shared with horses as there is a horse camp within the park boundary.
I hike this trail regularly as I live in nearby Hiouchi. This trail connects with others that can make this hike a very long one through remote areas. I've hiked a 15 mile route (30 miles round trip from the Hwy 199 trailhead) and it goes further. If you do the 40 mile loop, there are camping areas. However, you can reach the same camping area by other, shorter routes. The first part of the Hiouchi trail which parallels the Smith River is the prettiest part of the hike in my opinion.