Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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.

loved the beach access. Didnt see a soul.

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.

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!

The first couple miles of the hike to the overlook of the coast was an easy, but beautiful hike. Beautiful with extremely lush, and green forest and ferns. A tad muddy.

hiking
6 months ago

We just did a couple of miles because we were shirtless n time. But its a really beautiful hike with amazing trees and dense ground cover (Rhododendrons). We did it as a leisurely stroll and enjoyed it.

hiking
6 months ago

very short and easy hike to see the Big Tree. Highly trafficked though.

Gotta see the tree!

hiking
7 months ago

For a beginner like me this hike was intimidating and I didn't plan on doing the whole trail. Started at Fern Canyon and just started walking, you will need plenty of water and food, bring extra. It took me about 6 hours to go from Fern Canyon to the Trail HQ and back. There are bathrooms at both Fern Canyon and Trail HQ and a water faucet at HQ. Overall the hike was easier then I thought it would be, elevation gain and grade are minimal there are a couple points when you go uphill but it's relatively short. Most of the trail winds through a beautiful grove on flat terrain as you get closer to HQ. There are lots of points where you can rest and just enjoy these magical forests. I would recommend it, but be ready for a long day.

If you plan to start at Fern Canyon, there is a self register for $8 (cash only). The road to the trail head, like most in this area, is unpaved and bumpy. My Nissan Versa did just fine, after the Gold Bluffs campground keep going, I had to cross a small stream and the parking lot for Fern Canyon is about a mile up.

hiking
7 months ago

The hike is a nice but long stroll through the redwoods. The trail was in good shape and 3-4 wide in most sections with lots of cool trees and bridges to stop along for photos. There were a few parts overgrown as you get closer to fern canyon. Unfortunately it rained hard during our hike and some of the trail became a little river-ish and puddled of course. It made fern canyon trail (from James Irvine) a little to difficult to navigate with swelling of river from rains but we still enjoyed ourselves despite being soaked. There are ways to alternate the out and back that adds only a little more distance if an out and back is to boring at this length. Also, we learned to not trust the distances on the signs pretty quickly because they are off or not cumulative. Would do this hike again in better weather and add an alternate loop coming back.

I did a small section of this trail beginning at Fern Canyon going out and back about 3 miles. It was truly a pleasure. The Redwoods in this area were beautiful along with the ferns and other vegetation. It was nice to have a longer hike after driving 8 miles on un-paved road to see Fern Canyon. Certainly worth checking out even if you can't conquer the whole trail.

on James Irvine Trail

8 months ago

So beautiful to hike through the redwoods!

backpacking
8 months ago

My friend and I backpacked in The Redwoods recently via the West Ridge Trail and returning on the James Irvine Trail. We camped overnight at Gold Bluffs Beach which is one of the best campsites I’ve ever stayed at. This particular route was about 10/11 miles a day and included about a mile hike along the beach which was absolutely beautiful!

Gold Bluffs beach campground has water, bathrooms, and separate (cheaper!) campsites for backpackers. The route is relatively easy as there is not a lot of elevation change. You will pass waterfalls, Fern Canyon, streams, and looming Redwoods that leave you in awe.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike I've done as part of a longer hike posted onsite. Praire Creek is no doubt my favorite in the area.

hiking
9 months ago

Went on this trail with a group of about 40 people. Everyone got spread out pretty far. This was easily the neatest hike I've been on. Takes you through the deepest Redwoods. It's like your walking through the Ewoks Forest. You are in the shade for most of it until the very end, just past Fern Canyon. Make sure you visit Fern Canyon before exiting to the parking lot at the bottom. You can hike to the beach from there if you like. This was not the easiest hike I've been on but everyone people made it. We did end up shuttling in vehicles from the parking lot at the bottom. It would have been hellish to go both ways for the average person. Plus you see everything on the way down, the way back up would just be a work out and not very scenic lol. I will do this hike everytime I visit the redwoods. It was a cool hike and the smells and visuals were amazing.

Fantastic hike....absolutely worth the effort. Make sure you go around clockwise leaving the South for the end as its downhill then.

As others have stated the Rhododendrum Trail is marked closed but its easily navigated as its simply a bridge out with really no water....easy work around.

This is another train that we only saw one other couple on....simply incredible to have the trees to ones selves.

hiking
9 months ago

Really a 3 1/2 star hike for me. The 1st 2.5 miles to the overlook and back would be a very easy hike and the next loop of 3 miles on the coastal trail are a little more difficult. While it a pretty hike with the forest and ferns it's a one and done for me. The hike is 8 miles and the gain is less than 1200'. It's signed for 10.2m but I only did the 8 to the beach and back. It's a decent hike that I'd recommend but there are much better hikes in the area.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail

Awesome trail but even better for me as this was my last hike to complete every trail in Prairie Creek... Definitely a hike I'll do again as part of a longer hike. The lower part is mostly redwoods and the upper is a mixture of different types of forest and then the coastal trail hugs the edge of the woods along a marshy area that the elk love. What makes this hike really great is the diversity of different types of forest. Got within 6 feet of the elk because they felt my lab who is a service dog was a predator and they were aggressively trying to take her out. They charged us repeatedly..... Fortunately I had taken a solid bamboo rod with me likes like iron and a friend and by waving our arms and chasing them off with the rod we kept them off and escaped. They usually pose no real threat to people and after we got away and looked back from a safer distance we saw 3 calves laying in the grass behind the herd. The moms were just trying to protect the babies. And of course this hike includes the famous Fern Canyon.....

So much to see! Saw elk, a waterfall, big redwoods flowers, the beach, and of course Fern canyon! Really fun hike. Go through Fern canyon first and when you a little tired at the end you walking the open field.

Mostly nice redwoods until the top of West Ridge and then it's a different type of forest. I intended to do Boat Creek Trail as shown on the park map but it wasn't there... i did about a mile on Friendship looking for it. A nice hike but I probably won't do it again. There are other awesome options available. Been so long since I did a new trail I forgot to take my camera.

Super short but worth the stop. There's little else in the world that feels as amazing as walking through an incredibly dense forest amongst the redwoods. These trees are huge and Big Tree is freakin' gigantic.

10 months ago

really beautiful and very easy. trail can get confusing when you get around big tree and fern something though. watch the signs

walking
10 months ago

Very easy trail for anyone to enjoy, short and other than the "Big Tree" it's just another Redwoods Forest Hike!

Easy, quick hike. Absolutely beautiful - like a magical fairyland walking through the redwoods.

hiking
11 months ago

Didn't make it all the way to the beach our first time through. Great day hike to get to the overlook and lunch though. We went in early May and it was quite wet in a few spots but nothing we couldn't slog through. There's also a lot of roots in the trail so you've got to watch your step and pause when you want to look up at the beautiful trees. Great scenery all along the trail and a nice view down to the beach at the part before the trail to the beach. I think the mileage might be a bit off though, and longer than the signage claims. Hopeful to make it back soon and plan for an hour to rest at the beach before heading back. Or having a pick-up planned at Gold Bluff Beach!

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

One of the few trails in the park where you can take a dog or a bike. One of the easiest hikes in the park. They were starting to clear downed trees from this trail today.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Absolutely amazing! I could have kept on going if I did don't have to pick up my husband from fishing. I will do this hike again. I had my six year old with me and she also loved it. There are a few steep areas. She's a trooper so I wasn't worried. If you want to get lost in one if the most beautiful places, visit this trail. We were basically alone but we also went hiking in late December.

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