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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.

My absolute favorite trail. Even tho I thought my legs might fall off before we reached the end... I didn’t want it to end. Expect to spend 4-6 hours. Took us 5 and we are moderately fit for winos. I could stay lost in the beauty of this trail for days on end and never tire of it.

Perhaps my favorite dayhike in the world.

Beautiful trail, loved all the ferns. I definitely don’t think it is “hard”. Maybe if you are not a regular hiker or if you’re not in good shape it could be hard. I think you only gain about 500 ft or so. Best trail to get deep in the forest!

Words don’t do this hike justice.

18 days ago

Beautiful and a decent workout through old growth redwoods. Highly recommend this trail is added to your day!

Incredible. It can be rough at times. Some narrow passes and some fallen redwoods to climb over. If you go during the winter like me, or after rain be careful on the roots that line the trails. They can be slick. Absolutely worth it if you have the capability and the time. The waterfall was beautiful, the bridges, and the thousands of old growth sequoias make the hike feel like you’re back in prehistoric times. I’m blessed to live near here

beautiful trail, the falls are gorgeous. Mile markers would be nice for first timers. Watch your time in the winter PM. Quite a few signs of sasquatch.

Stunning hike. Like stepping into a time before time. Prepare to be moved with reverence and awe at the glory of the ancient forest.

Bring waders or waterproof boots for the fern canyon, unless you like wet feet. Bring lunch and eat on the beach! What a beautiful sequence to go from woods to the sea and back to the woods.

Not too vertically challenging. Finished in 3 hours 50 minutes. Can be done fast if you want. Or take your time and really soak up the beauty. Either way, don’t miss this one.

if you're on the south Oregon coast, you will definitely want to see this.

1 month ago

The James Irvine Trail is a great trail. The trail is long but the elevation gains aren't too bad - I did need to stop and catch my breath at two spots on the return part of this out-and-back.

Went Thanksgiving weekend and most of the trail was covered in fallen redwood needles. It's generally lined on both sides with ferns for almost the entirety of the trail. And of course you wind your way through and around giant redwood trees. This trail constantly meanders, curving thus way and that, so it never feels like slog and the view is always changing.

Near the end, or halfway point, you can head to the beach, which makes for a nice break. If you don't mind wet shoes, you can also diverge from the James Irvine Trail to another trail (Fern Gulch? Something Fern-related) to walk through a small stream that has tall, fern-covered walls that are really beautiful.

In the 5.5 hours I spent hiking this trail (I stop a lot to take pictures) I only passed maybe a dozen or so people until I got to the beach (which isn't crowded but there are people there because you can also drive to that beach).

My advice for this trail is to start early - 9 AM or so - bring a lunch, water, and snacks for the beach, and walk at a comfortable pace; I could have easily spent 8+ hours out here taking photographs and enjoying the beach. Also bring a flashlight because it gets dark right at sunset.

Also, the trail can be slippery and there are exposed roots for much of the trail. I slipped and fell at one point because I was rushing.

Good trail, very peaceful early morning just after the sun comes up

2 months ago

Love love love this place! This time of year there were hardly anyone, very peaceful.

great trail! loved it!

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. It still amazes me that you can hike through a spectacular Redwood forest and end up on the beach (and a undeveloped beach)! We recorded about 12 miles total to get all the way to the beach for lunch and then head back. Saw very few people and felt complete solitude. Amazing scenery and energy. Definitely recommend.

2 months ago

We only had a little bit of daylight left and were in the vicinity so we chose this short, beautiful trail. Only problem was you could hear the street noise (hence the 4 stars). The park service is trying to re-establish the waterfall and creek which were covered over years ago due to logging…hence the pipe that someone complained about. But we found it quite beautiful.

on Trillium Falls Trail

2 months ago

Was really disappointed to find that Trillium Falls was water coming out of a pipe. Wouldn’t waste your time on this if you are just traveling.

Prairie> Big Tree>Cathedral was a great loop! I highly recommend it, easy, and beautiful trail.

Beautiful trail! There are many trailheads off the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway, so it's a great place to hike, but this trail was just perfect. Just less than 4 miles of hiking in beautiful, quiet, magnificent redwoods. The trail is well-maintained and there are some elevations, so the rating of 'moderate' is accurate. Would highly recommend this.

Great hike

LOVE! You have to do this! We went and there was nobody there and it was gorgeous :)

A very nice walk with amazing big Coastal Redwoods and then Fern Canyon- be prepared for water crossings. Then beach and back up into the old growth forest- just magical. We would rate this moderate only- the trail is excellent. Fern Canyon is slow going with the stream and multiple crisscrossing but great. 20 kms all up and 4 hours 43 minutes. A really lovely day out. So peaceful. Highly recommend.

Beautiful hike through spectacular redwoods. We started at prairie creek visitor center and headed toward fern canyon, which is a site to see in itself. Prepare for wet shoes if you decide to go through fern canyon instead of straight to the trail base. You’re basically walking through a creek surrounded by fern covered walls. From there we headed across the beach to the start of miners trail back toward prairie creek visitor center. Overall it took us about 6 hours to finish, which includes stopping to eat lunch and stopping for many pictures. Would definitely recommend for someone up for some adventure

3 months ago

Came here on a Wednesday @2pm. becomes "off road" about 3 miles before the trail head. Unfortunately, my scion xb wouldn't make it to the head (due to "creek" more like puddle) all the way so we parked about a little over a mile before getting to the head. My friend and I didn't mind at all, it made the hike a little longer. The actual hike was beautiful, where good shoes, and take a camera. :)

3 months ago

Excellent trail condition with amazing views. Unique in that one sees so many different environments between old growth groves and the beach.

scenic driving
3 months ago

I only wish I had more time! I drove through a few times during my week in the area. I would have loved to wonder the area much more though. It was a beautiful drive.

3 months ago

This was just stunning. I highly suggest this to everyone. It wasn't a long or difficult hike/walk, and absolutely majestic.

One of the best hikes I’ve ever did. Great views of the Redwoods. Lots of fallen trees to walk on. We ended the trail at the Narrows. First half is very quiet, didnt see anybody.

3 months ago

We started this trail by the Big Tree parking lot. We went around the Circle trail and came across this trail. It is a fairly easy trail among beautiful tall Sequoia trees. It was a rare sunny day, but the tree tops kept us mostly shaded and cool. It was an awesome hike.

If you want to mix it up from just viewing Redwood trees I’d say this is a must do. While there were footbridges in place, and well placed rocks/logs, just plan on getting your feet wet. The trail makes a loop and returns via the forest on top of the canyon but I think most people do it as an out and back through the canyon as that’s the most interesting part. It’s a bit of a drive on a winding gravel road through the trees to get here, and it’s a day use fee area (unless you have a parks pass or other), but it’s worth it for this hike and the secluded stretch of coast.

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