Brown Creek and South Fork Trail Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

Brown Creek and South Fork Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.7 miles
721 feet

kid friendly



nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


bridge out

no dogs

Directions from Salyer: Take Hwy 299 West to turn left on South Fork Rd. continue 9.2 miles to where the pavement ends (this is the end of the county road). Continue south on Forest Rd. 5N03 for another 2.9 miles. The northernmost mile of trail is actually a 4x4 road and could be driven.

6 months ago

Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Great hike. The parks map says South Fork is difficult and Brown creek is easy but the top half of Brown Creek isn't easy. About 1/2 mile of South Fork is pretty steep. This is my favorite type of the redwoods, tight, narrow single track with some steepness and sometimes close to technical. Pay attention or you will be planted face down. Focus and you will truly enjoy the hike! There is signage for Brown Creek Trail closure because of a bridge out. I went ahead and did it figuring if nothing else I'd just wade the creek. It turned out to be an easy go around... Highly recommend this one and I will do it again. So far, Prairie Creek has been the best redwood area I've hiked. Part of it, no doubt, is I'm doing it off season and have it mostly to myself...

1 month ago