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hiking
10 days ago

One of my favorite trails in the area!!! What I like about this trail is that it is a botany trail and a historic trail as it follows a trail used by the gold miners way back when. Be careful hiking this trail in the fall and winter because this trail can get very slippery and is right on a hill, so don't fall or it may hurt. With that said, you will not regret hiking this trail.

a great short hike near Hiouchi not gasquet . been there many times.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, thank you to the hiker that placed the rocks in the trail to give notice to the shape turn on the trail, I probably would have kept going forward. Some old equipment right before you reach Craig's Creek, curious what it was used for.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little trail to 2 forks of the Smith River and awesome views including under the bridge. Crazy that someone tied a rope up there. The Smith is one of the longest undammed salmon rivers.

hiking
2 months ago

Was not fully prepared. Hike there and back took my boyfriend and I 4 hours. Too steep for us. Would not go back.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this yesterday and it was a great hike. Lots of cool little information stops along the way with a cool history to the trail. I also took my 5 year old son with me, so very kid friendly. He loved it and even got into the creek at the end. Definitely worth the stop.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyable short trail. I found the directions from this site to the trailhead accurate to be accurate, park across the road. Mile marker 7.07 is right there on 199, but you can't see it if you're coming from the coast. The parking area is right at Myrtle Creek. Most of the elevation gain of the trail is right at the beginning, and then it runs fairly straight and level, eventually drawing alongside the creek. Some of the interpretive trail markers are missing are otherwise damaged, but some are informative. Number 15 is marked "End" and just past it the trail splits. One runs down to the creek and the other goes on further alongside, quickly becoming more of an advanced trail, less clearly defined with more obstacles. I don't think it goes too much further. On the way back, in between stop 9 and 8 you can see another trail split off to the left and run down in the direction of the creek. Looked like a fairly clear trail, I didn't follow it, but I think it would likely provide access to the creek at another point. Fairly shady throughout. I saw only one tiny flower (in late September) but overall everything was lush and green with a wide variety of plants. Tons of other hikes in the area. This one's a perfect warm up, great to walk early with a big travel mug of coffee.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for a quick morning hike. A good steady uphill ascent. Took my dog up here to tire him out before getting back in the car. Views aren’t great most of the way but trail is shaded! Enjoy.

Rattle snake on the trail! Be careful

nice trail , water very low in river.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike, lots of climbing. Not very crowded at all. Not a redwood hike like many in the area so less crowded but a good hike and easy access.

good hike to start if you're getting back into trail running.

hiking
4 months ago

Doing the whole hike is super worth it. Other than some poison oak being present, the trail was very peaceful and a good workout at some points.

beautiful high beginners interpretive trail. It ends at a awesome spot by the creek. Nice short hike.

hiking
5 months ago

loved this trail! It's an easy hike lots to see and gold mining history and even ends at a creek

Love this trail. It's short and sweet, filled with wild flowers, small waterfalls and the river.

Beautiful trail but there is TONS of poison oak right now. Be careful.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a really nice, well maintained trail lined with beautiful wildflowers.
I did it in the pouring rain and the trees did a good job lightening the rain.
The only downside is that there’s no viewpoints or anything, though the flowers and misty woods make up for it.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful redwoods at the beginning!

on French Hill Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Pretty flowers, lush forest in some areas. This is roughly 3 miles uphill, and 3 miles downhill. Great for some quick exercise, but no real views and the top is just a road. Great way to kill almost 2 hours and get your heart rate up. Seemed well used, passed 4 different groups of hikers.

Beautiful with lots of history and it even ends at the creek.

Great workout as the three miles there is all uphill via switch backs. The trail is very well maintained and nice views in a few places. Expected the end of the trail to be at a lookout, not a Mt. road but still a nice hike. My 8 year old hiked this with me and we ran some of the trail on the way down. Will do it again for sure. This is a six mile hike there and back. Not sure why it says 4.8 miles.

hiking
9 months ago

Great view on top, highly recommend. Good time to visit would be in spring or summer, you can prob do it in fall and winter but just be careful of rain or snow.

Beautiful trail but be ready for a workout!!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Hard a first. A lot of uphill the first half mile. The end is worth it. Being right on the river is great. Dogs are also allowed. It is posted on the state park website.

backpacking
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My hubby and I backpacked to the campsite and stayed for a night. It was very quiet and beautiful. Saw lots of dwarf irises, and banana slugs. I liked how lush the campsite was. We didn't see any bears. We didn't see any other hikers until we were headed down.

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Not a difficult hike, but probably wouldn't recommend it with small children only because you have to walk looking down a lot due to a lot of roots that grew threw the trail. If you're not paying attention you're likely to trip. My husband and I enjoyed this trail very much especially because it ended at the creek. We also saw a deer on the trail

backpacking
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Beautiful

Sunday, September 24, 2017

This is not a challenging hike, but is more for plant lovers who enjoy walking slowly and paying attention to all of the diverse species growing along this short trail. I saw carnivorous pitcher plants, wild ginger and plenty of ferns. One plant I did not see was poison oak. I took my dog, he enjoyed it too!

hiking
Friday, September 22, 2017

This trail follows south fork of the Smith a few hundred feet above the river along the slope of the canyon. Highlights include diverse plant life, occasional views of the river and the verdant green slopes of the canyon. I also heard shooting and I think there's a shooting range on the other side of the river. The poison oak is present along the whole trail but gets much worse the last half mile stretch before the river. I took my dog on this trail since I didn't see any postings saying otherwise. It's a good hike for dogs since there don't seem to be too many in the area. I did this hike on a beautiful September day. I was surprised with how much running water there was. Really nice to see.

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