Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
9 days 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.

Very long trail (22km) but beautiful!!!!

Gorgeous hike without a lot people on the trail.

1 month ago

Steep initial gain to nice rolling trail among big trees! Beautiful!

An easy-to-moderate hike that takes in the redwoods and coast all in the swoop. Fern Canyon was the highlight and a great place to stop for lunch halfway, although it was fairly crowded because the site is accessible by road. There is some uphill hiking but all very doable if you are relatively fit, took me about 5.5 hours to do the entire loop. I sadly had only one day in Redwood State and National Parks, and I felt this was a great hike to see a bit of everything!

Only advice is when you are walking on the beach, there are no good landmarks to indicate when to turn inland. I downloaded the area on Google Maps on my phone and used my GPS to know when to turn (both Fern Canyon and the campground are on Google Maps).

Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

So beautiful! A must see!

Absolutely stunning. True moderate hike. Give yourself more time than you think you need, though...you’ll wand to be able to really soak in the sights along this loop.

Beautiful, peaceful, easy hike! Well worth the drive back to the trailhead. My husband and I did this hike at 0900 and were the only ones around. Wear waterproof shoes/sandals as your feet will get wet. They filmed a scene from The Lost World Jurassic Park here if that excites you as well.

We did it in about 6 hours with an 11 and 15 yr old. Definitely doable but its a long trail and some challenging vertical especially after 10 miles of hiking ... so bring food and hydration. The description doesnt do the beach leg justice. We did the Irvine leg first, exiting Fern Canyon to the beach and hiking south along/in the water for 1 mile to the Miner Ridge trail head. There is a campground near the Miner entrance with nice bathrooms and even a shower. Wish we started earlier, took lunch and swim suits maybe and hung out on the beach longer, we only spent about 30 mins. This is gorgeous California coastline. Walked left (north) out of campground on dirt road to the gated tsunami escape road back on to trail.

Great Hike! You will experience The Redwoods, High up Ocean-views, Prairie, Marsh , Fern Canyon named because of ferns growing on the 50-foot high walls, through which runs Home Creek (Fern Canyon recognized as a World Heritage site and an International Biosphere Reserve)and The Ocean ..... We seen Roosevelt Elk (Largest species of Elk family) it was amazing with his brown velvet giant antlers . You have to look closely because when they a feeding they blend with the tree branches...It took us about 8 hours to hike back to car, we took our time for picnic and sauntering

trail running
2 months ago

Great for trail running - wide old road bed so no brushing past bushes as you run. Nothing exciting in terms of views, as another reviewer said, but if you’re looking for a place to get a run in on a relatively flat trail, this is great.

Astoundingly beautiful, even though well trafficked. Easy, even for older, less active folks. I suggest water shoes, you'll get your ankles wet unless you can cross the shallow river/creek on a log (easily done if you have someone with you to hold your hand). So worth the drive on a very narrow, sometimes dirt road riddled with blind turns. Loved it!

amazing to hike such great sights!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful. Great short hike. Only downsides are that access is 8 miles down a bumpy dirt road, and there are a lot of people. At least 30 cars in the parking lot for a 1-mile loop hike.

Fun area! Little crowded but so worth the sites!

Beautiful hike, I split it for two days to really enjoy both parts separately. It really gives you a variety of different forests!

beautiful a must see easy hike except to get wet feet

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous fern canyon, lush and moist.
Super easy hike, try to go early or late as it tends to attract large groups and families. Well worth the crowds though. It’s a unique canyon.

Beautiful redwoods and fern canyon is beyond beautiful! Walk on the beach to connect fern canyon to miners ridge!

Beautiful long hike through lots of different types of wilderness. The two stretches on Miners Ridge and James Irvine are the best parts.. hiking through the redwoods. There are a few steep sections, but they are fairly short. Fern Canyon was really neat, but they didn’t have the foot bridges up yet by late June, so your feet will get really wet if you try to go in too far, which is too bad. It would’ve been neat to see the entire thing. We ate lunch on the beach but opted not to hike it so we wouldn’t miss the turn in at Fern Canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views of the big trees, ferns, and rainforest mosses. Worth your time

Solid! A little crowded.

Interesting mostly because you are hopping on rocks and logs most of the time. Recommend wearing flip flops or wellies, not hiking shoes.

Go early and you’ll have entire trail to yourself

Definitely recommend if you have a full day at Redwood. Gives you a full experience of the park, from giant redwoods to the coast. Mostly shaded hike (except coast part). If you decide to hike the beach part close to the water, it’s easy to miss the campground. We accidentally walked an extra mile— but the coastal views made it worth it. Start early and you’ll have the whole trail and foggy forest to yourself. Be ready to walk across makeshift bridges at fern canyon (or get your feet wet). Super fun trail!

Easy hike, but very nice. We took the foothill trail out and joined the Cathedral trail back to the visitor’s center. We only had a short time in the forest, but I was so glad we got to hike!

This is a long trail that has a lot to enjoy. My guess is that this is rated hard due to the distance, not the technical difficulty of the trail. There are definitely some uphill parts but they're gradual. It is very secluded until you reach Fern Canyon. Fern Canyon is a huge draw, families and kids everywhere. But sooo beautiful that is worth the crowds. I highly recommend this trail to anyone who is interested in a 6 hour hike.

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