California Creek Trail

HARD 2 reviews

California Creek Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September.

3.3 miles
1,056 feet
Out & Back

cross country skiing




Trail follows creek through old growth forest. Use Beaver Pond Trailhead on Crow Creek Road and keep right.

2 months ago

Quiet hike would suggest bear spray!

7 months ago

Nice day out, about a foot of snow on the ground everywhere, but it wasn't falling. Sunny everywhere else but Girdwood (fog persisted above).
The trail was easy to follow and packed in from use. It's a pleasant winding path through the forest... calm running water from the creek below can be heard throughout most of the hike. Steady upward and secluded hike with switchbacks and a few knee raises.
You seemingly shake hands passing powerfully tall trees (the native Sitka Spruce) which feel ancient, wise, and comforting. In the winter, the snow accumulation on the branches here is simply insane.