Looking for a great trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 40 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 23 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!


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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.

I hiked this loop early in the morning before anyone else was up while camping campground,. I you like loop hikes this is a good one.

Good walk in the trees.

Lots of variety! Trees, ferns and beach. What’s not to love! Definitely would recommend it. Not difficult for anyone in reasonable shape. Did it in just under 4.5 hrs.

Hiked down and back up with my son on 8-16-2019. The path is in excellent condition for a long moderate hike in the beautiful redwood forest. The fern canyon loop at the bottom is breathtaking. Bring plenty of water and electrolyte drinks and healthy snacks. We took 6h at a normal pace interrupted with stops to enjoy the beautiful nature and added a 15 minute rest in fern canyon.

Excellent hike! We only saw two other people the whole time. We went right after they'd had some heavy rain (Feb 2019) so the trail was muddy and there were some fallen trees to climb over, but that just added to the fun. I'm new to hiking and this was doable, though I was totally wiped by the end of it. If you go in the spring, bring an extra layer because it gets cold in the shade. Waterproof shoes are a good idea too. Water bottles can be filled at the spout in the grass by the visitor centre.

A disclaimer: I was with my five year old and my wife, who doesn’t like hiking. With that in mind this was perfect. It’s short and is full of lush vistas. My wife enjoyed it because it truly is beautiful and it was full of people which, given that part of her dislike of hiking is a fear that at any moment something will eat her if she’s alone, this assuaged. My 5 year old was able to hop streams, walk across low bridges and couldn’t get enough of the high canyon walls of ferns. It also smells incredible. Someone should bottle that. As a result of this hike my wife has said she’ll try another hike. Success!

Make sure you note that this is multiple trails in one. We kept looking for cathedral signs and thought we were lost. Very pretty. Some areas had a high volume of people, but the farther we got the less people we saw until getting back to the start of the loop.

With an RV very hard to get there. Street is very narrow and bumpy. In case you make it to Golden Bluff - walk to the trail and do not cross the river. We tried it and damaged our RV :-(

The massive redwoods we absolutely beautiful!! We saw very few people until we got to Fern Canyon, which was soooooooo beautiful!!!! Would DEFINITELY hike again!!”

it was pretty. I was expecting more by all the ratings and comments.

This place is rad, very Jurassic parkish.

Very nice hike, there were no more rhododendron flowers but redwoods were worth it! Very practicable way

it was an amazing place to experience. just a run down so your prepared. it's a gravel road entrance to the park. its shared road with tight spots. make sure to use caution in the corners and lookout for oncoming traffic. you will be entering the park/day use area so expect to pay a day use fee. beleive when I was there it was 8 bucks. once into the park you'll find a few rough spots in the road. not an issue If you have clearance but lower cars will have to watch approach. And you'll also have a stream crossing. we crossed with a passenger car but otherwise you'll have to walk to fern caynon from the first parking area. the canyon is a short foot trail into the canyon. you'll then cross multiple makeshift wooden "bridges" and a few logs in spots. but fairly flat and easy to move through. bring some good shoes for the muddy areas.

Beautiful but really crowded and a lot of screaming kids. Please teach your kiddos to respect nature and other hikers experiences.

Wonderful day hike! Incredible massive old growth trees and lush trails!

Beautiful trails. Make sure if you walk down the beach you don't miss the camp or the day area if you get distracted by sealions! Fern canyon also has a day use area and lots of families come so expect that area to be crowded.

21 days ago

Short but rewarding. Very easy and enjoyable for kids too

Highly recommend this hike as a peaceful enjoyable walk.

24 days ago

A must do if you’re in the area!

24 days ago

Go see the Boy Scout Tree, which is further north in Jedediah and much larger than Big Tree.

This is one of my favorite hikes. To find out more, go to http://redwoodcoastparks.com

Beautiful redwood trees! Not difficult - switchbacks with moderate incline and decline.

29 days ago

Long, excellent taste of Redwoods. Did not allow enough time to reach Fern canyon, a shame.


1 month ago

Awesome trees but just a trickle of a waterfall. The walk had decent elevation changes with switchbacks around the giants. Lovely way to spend a couple hours.

Did this trail starting at James Irvine and taking the Miner's Ridge back. Really gorgeous setting this forest looked diffrent than most other mountain forest I have been too. It looked like those unique plants could only grow in that climate near the coast. Fern Canyon was abit more of the same and both trails had similar plant environment but the Miner's Ridge trail is harder. The James Irvine trail is much flatter making it an easier trail.

The area itself is impressive with the scenery but I did this small trail after doing the 12 mile loop of James Irvine trail and Miner's Ridge trail expecting a waterfall! What I got was the same scenery as the previous trail and a pathetic little stream of water running down a few rocks, real embarrassment to be called a waterfall!!!. Other than that the area is beautiful and I still did the loop and passed by the Elk viewing bridge to watch the Elk feeding in the open grass. I counted at least 20 Elk!

Done clockwise. Davison-West Ridge-Friendship-Fern. Beautiful trail. No problem. Long sleeves rec'ed for West Ridge. Added Ossagon rocks. Beautiful beach + Elk. Friendship & Fern very pretty ending. A mile before the Fern Canyon trailhead, right after the beach campground are a couple stream crossings that can scrape (at the moment) low clearance cars. You can just park there and add 1 pretty mile on the beach each way.

1 month ago

Prairie Creek's largest tree, named Iluvatar, can be found from a trail near the 1st small parking space on Cal-barrel Rd. Absolutely awesome redwoods along this road. Highly recommend seeing the redwoods and hiking the trails found on Cal-Barrel Rd.

1 month ago

Great trail with enough variation. Make the right at the dunes and you will be by yourself on the beach. My 9 month old and I give it 5 stars.

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