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Best trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 42 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 24 moderate trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ranging from 1.4 to 17.1 miles and from 32 to 1,417 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Set aside in the early 1920s by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. Prairie Creek, situated 50 miles north of Eureka off of Highway 101, offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. This park, along with Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

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Map of trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Park information
Acreage:
14,000 acres
Contact
707-488-2039
Helpful links
Top trails (42)
#1 - Fern Canyon Loop Trail
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 31 m
Fern Canyon is a surrealistic and amazing display of primal ferns growing in a narrow 50-foot-deep vertical walled canyon. The floor is nearly all creek bed which helps provide a contrast of water, grShow more
#2 - Miner's Ridge and James Irvine Trail Loop
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
Beautiful loop from Prairie Creek Visitor Center down to the beach along a ridge, then about a mile along the beach before heading back through Fern Canyon and up a couple of small river valleys and aShow more
#3 - Trillium Falls Trail
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Trillium Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Orick, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking aShow more
#4 - Clintonia Trail Loop
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Great intermediate hike among the old growth redwoods for a few hours with great picture opportunities. Show more
#5 - Cathedral Trees Trail
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Cathedral Trees Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a numbShow more
#6 - James Irvine Trail
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
James Irvine Trail is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orick, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, Show more
#7 - Big Tree Circle Trail
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
The "Big Tree Loop" is one of the largest and most accessible of the giant coastal redwoods in the area. If you want a quick walk out to one of the closest big trees, then check out this hike! It's jShow more
#8 - James Irvine to Fern Canyon to Clintonia to Miner's Ridge
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 47 m
James Irvine to Fern Canyon to Clintonia to Miner's Ridge is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orick, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail oShow more
#9 - South Fork to Rhododendron to Cathedral to Foothill Loop
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Incredible groves of huge redwoods and sequoias, very secluded. Show more
#10 - Miner's Ridge to Clintonia to James Irvine Trail to Davidson Road Loop
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
Miner's Ridge to Clintonia to James Irvine Trail to Davidson Road Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orick, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. Show more
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