Explore the most popular forest trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The canyon is tall and green. It is a must see. Makes me feel like jurassic park. Bring tall wader boots or plan to get wet. If it has rained then you might not be able to even get there. The road is a bit of a challenge if there is bad weather. It might close.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail was beautiful! We went at the end of March on a rainy day and the trail was flooded with water. We ended up taking our shoes off and hiking barefoot but the surroundings made it absolutely with it!

hiking
12 days ago

Big Tree in 2012 [not sure if they change this periodically] - 304 ft. high, 21.6 ft. in diameter, 68 feet in circumference, and over 1500 years old... nice flat walking trail that starts and ends at the BIG tree.

My wife and I hiked this trail on 5-3-18 starting from the ranger center to Fern Canyon. The flowers were bloming and the weather was perfect. If you start at the ranger center beware this is NOT 4.2 miles as the sign says, it is 6 miles to Fern Canyon!!!! So it is 13 miles to the ocean view, in Fern Canyon and back to the ranger station.The hike is everything you want from large Redwoods, streams, Fern Canyon and the ocean. Enjoy!

Absolutely stunning! It's best to go early in the morning because it can get a bit crowded. Bring water sandals or an extra pair of shoes because your feet are gonna get wet! Not really a hike, more of a scenic walk. There's often elk around the parking lot too.

hiking
26 days ago

Beauty abounds in this magical place. Getting your feet wet is pretty unavoidable but well worth it!

Beautiful hike through the redwoods. We went in April 2018 and there were some downed trees you had to climb over nothing to challenging! Very beautiful.

This is the best we hiked among the Redwoods! Accidentally did the last two miles in the dark without headlamps. You can choose to do 4 or 6 miles because Clintonia splits into a North and South loop. We opted to do both.

This is a very nice trail. We hit it just right, there were thousands of trillium lining the trail. Saw millipedes and red snails, which we haven't seen in the park yet. The trails were in good shape. The West Ridge Trail is always scenic and this segment of it is in better shape that the one from Zig Zag #1 down to the park headquarters.

Don’t miss this if you are in the area.
I took James Irvine trail to Fern Canyon which was about 4.5miles one way. Once in the Fern Canyon Hike along the creek to get the full experience, your feet will get wet but well worth it. Feels like you are in a prehistoric movie set. I was there for 30mins without meeting a soul. I am sure it will get more crowded in the summer.

Beautiful trail. Fortunate with sunny weather.
Started at James Irvine trail head (which is next to the visitor center) to Fern Canyon. Then took Clintonia Trail which connects back to James Irvine - probably 11-12 miles. Trail is well kept, beautiful redwood, ferns, wild flowers and birds. Fern Canyon is a must for anyone visiting the area - it is just beautiful. Expect to cross very shallow creek few times in the Fern Canyon.
Entire trail very quiet, loved the solitude. Only 4 other hikers for the entire hike.

Majestic hike among the old growth redwood. We did the hike yesterday, 3/29/18. Great intermediate hike for a few hours with great picture opportunities. However, both captures the sights, smell and feel. The visitors center is a great place to stop for trail advice based on your time, level and desitmred sights. Ranger/staff are very friendly and helpful.

If I could, this would be an annual pilgrimage to walk among the giants and recharge the soul.

Get your feet wet. Hike over logs.

Very fun not hard to find.

Better hikes to be found in the area. Enjoyed when it connected to Rhododendrum and Brown's Creek. South Fork alone didn't have a lot of bang for the buck.

excellent, but current trail deviates from All trails route.

Beautiful hike. We did this last March. Glad we hiked in water shoes and shorts, as a good stretch of it we hiked right in the creek. Loved all the elk in the area.

Picked up the trail along the road, took it south and then met up with big tree. Great hike!

Ended up doing James Irvine to miners trail which was about 8 miles. Easy going trip with a small bit of climbing. Absolutely beautiful

Beautiful and easy hike through the Redwoods, birds singing, not much traffic until it connects to Big Tree.

A very easy, beautiful walk. Right off the scenic bypass through the park. Definitely worth the quick stop to see Big Tree, and wonder through the majestic Redwood giants!

A very easy, beautiful walk. Right off the scenic bypass through the park. Definitely worth the quick stop to see Big Tree, and wonder through the majestic Redwood giants!

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy trail, with great close up view of lots of elk!

If you are in Northern California, this is a MUST. A very easy but extremely beautiful and magical experience. You will feel like you're in Jurassic Park. If going in the Spring, may want to consider wear waterproof boots! Your feet will surely get a tad or two wet.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is where part of Star Wars was filled. Felt like an alien planet. Beautiful and mysterious.
Saw many bull elk while hiking. Not to be messed with.
Loved the place.

excellent view once the initial ascent is done.

Saw tons of elk. Nice easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Although I'm a much bigger fan of moderate / hard rated trails, this trail will always be a true favorite. It is most definitely an easy trail so it's perfect for anyone! Thankfully even my baby sister agrees to "hike" this trail with me, which makes for wonderful family exploring time.

And there's truly nothing more majestic! You drive through groves of trees, along the ocean, park, and walk up to the canyon's grand entrance - see the pictures I've uploaded if you don't believe me!

You hike through the entirety of the canyon of ferns, up and out through more groves of trees, and back down to the entrance of the canyon before retreating to your vehicle. Although it's short, you can spend as much time as you want in the canyon, which is always my preference.

If you want a hike that's simple and allows time for reflection, then this hike is perfect for you and your loved ones.

This is a fun little loop. If you don’t want to get super wet, you can ninja your way thru most of it without having to get too deep...but, there are a few points where you really just have to go for it. Waterproof boots, above the ankles for those who aren’t into getting wet. My wife and I loved this one. Stop often and take in your surroundings. It’s likely you’ve never seen anything like it before.

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