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Bull Creek Flats Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weott, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 636 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Running Forest River Views Wildlife Bridge out Over grown No dogs
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The full loop can only be hiked in the summer and fall. The Bull Creek loop consists of two trails: the Bull Creek Flats Trail on the south side of the creek and the Big Tree Trail on the north. At the western end, the two are joined by an automobile bridge, but at their eastern end is only a seasonal footbridge that's normally installed between mid-May (but sometimes not until the end of July) and late September. At other times the creek may still be only a few inches deep and easily forded. When the footbridge is out and the creek becomes a raging torrent, the best alternative to the full loop hike is an out-and-back on the Bull Creek Flats Trail, which is the better of the two trails.

Yes there is parking at the Big Trees Area by Rockefeller Grove...

Directions to trailhead: From the north-central part of the Avenue of the Giants, four miles north of the park visitor center and just south of the hamlet of Redcrest, turn west on Mattole Road and drive 1.5 miles to the parking area for the Rockefeller Forest Loop Trail. (If you want to make this a one-way hike and make car shuttle arrangements, a second trailhead is located at the Big Trees Parking Area, another three miles west on Mattole Road.)

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Amanda Reed
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Vanessa Lambert
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WalkingGreat!

We did this trail with my mom for her 65th birthday and it was absolute magic. If you want to spend several hours walking amongst the beautiful redwoods, this trail is your trail. Like others have said, we saw people in the beginning but once we got out of the main route, we didn’t see a soul. It’s an easy hike with a few moderate sections, so it’s great for all levels. Take some snacks or a lunch like we did and make it a full day of being in the forest. You won’t regret this hike! End of August lots of mosquitos and tons of poison oak so be prepared!

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Lise Faus
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HikingGreat!

Last weekend was my third time hiking this trail and second for the full loop. My Fitbit logged 8.0 miles from the official trailhead to what I call the sunny parking lot, which is about 1/2 mile west of the Big Tree area and seasonal bridge to cross over Bull Creek. There were around twenty people who crossed my path in the first two miles. I did not see another person for the next three miles until the descent into a tranquil and sublimely beautiful grove near the second crossing of Bull Creek. It was good to see the bridge over the creek this time vs. my past trips, where I had to wade across the uneven stony bottom and fast current (October). Humboldt has some of the tallest trees globally, and many are visible from both sides of the trail. And, not just the celebrity trees such as Stratosphere and Paradise/Tranquility. I suggest viewing the "Famous Redwoods" website and mapping out some of the trees in this park: Apex, Bull Creek Giant, Pipe Dream, Idril, Brutus, to name a few. Many of these notable tall and massive trees humbly grace this trail on the south side, however not accessible close up unless you go off-trail (not a good idea as there's plenty of Poison Oak). Besides the splendor of these old giants, there is an other-worldly stillness and wise spirit to this place, which overwhelms and flushes out toxins - restorative!

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Karen Ritchie
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great shady trail under the Redwoods.

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Oleg Martynenko
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Ryan Barrett
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Great fairly flat trail with a chance to feel like you are the only ones in the world in the shade of thousands of huge redwoods. There were quite a few mosquitoes (middle of August) and you have to walk along a road with unsafe drivers near the end. Great family hike.

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Tim Hoyle
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Brianna Martinez
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Well kept trail through beautiful redwoods! A couple times there were fallen trees blocking the trail that we had to climb over and under, and some maneuvering across huge fallen trees blocking the Bull Creek bridge but we had no trouble.

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Sam Alkharrat
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HikingGreat!

Very enjoyable trail. Mostly flat and shady, a very pleasant but long hike, it’s more like 8 miles and will take you 4 hours minimum. There were a couple of spots where you need to navigate to ensure you are on the right path but you can just use your AllTrails map and it will guide you. Lots of gorgeous forest views. We stopped twice for a short 15 min break. Blackberries towards the end are a nice reward. Logged nearly 20,000 steps on my Fitbit.

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Luis Gael Jimenez
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It was incredible walking through the ancient redwood and fern forests. The trail itself is pretty lightly trafficked and there was a point where it felt like we were the only people around for miles. It was awesome. The only downside of the trail is the end (or beginning depending on where you start), it forces you to walk alongside this narrow road where the drivers that don’t really pay attention. There were delicious blackberries though, so that’s a giant plus.

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Mitchell R.
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Beautiful trees but some of the path requires some funny business to get around - like a bridge is inaccessible so you need to walk across a fallen redwood. Definitely do-able and worth the hike!!

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Jennifer Greene
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Washed out

This trail is beautiful. I do agree the trail on the south side of creek is better especially considering that a portion of the trail is actually just Mattole Rd. Mattole Rd is not safe for pedestrian traffic. There is no shoulder and it is narrow and windy. i also cut across the creek instead of looking for the bridge at the western end. According to my gps i clocked this hike at 9.53 miles even though i cut it short. if the mileage was accurate, i wouldn't have looped across the creek to walk down Mattole Rd. There were ripe blackberries along the road to sweeten the deal a little.

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Rebecca Reining
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Amazing trail that seems like land of the ewoks! The very end is along the road and underwhelming. We clocked in just under 9 miles.

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Jeremy Benhammou
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Beautiful trail! Easy to follow, incredible trees and very moderate elevation gain - you hardly notice it. Loop came in a hair over 8 miles according to my watch.

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Joshua Aydelotte
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Jacob Wakeland
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Li Li Tey
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Love it. Gorgeous woods. Quiet and easy to run on

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Linden Lentz
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Garrick Merrell
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Hiking

Nice trail, don’t need to hike whole trail to get nice scenery

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Jessi Cook
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Nolwenn Garnier
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HikingBugs

Randonnée magnifique! Chemin facile, bien dégagé et plat. Mais quelques moustiques et tiques

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Molly Warner
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Absolutely loved this. Shady. Not too heavy of an incline. Completely empty. We ran a bit of it too so only took us about 2:45.

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Nick Nelson
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Great hike. If the footbridge is out there are several points along Bull Creek where there is a fallen redwood across the creek at the site of the seasonal footbridge that can easily be walked across. One warning: the park map handed out when you arrive at one of the camp sites is out of date and is missing or inaccurate on a number of trails throughout the park. What's on here looks to be more accurate.

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Louis Ottavio
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Just did the trail yesterday. Most of the previous reviews are fairly accurate. We knocked it out in around four hours or so but only stopped for photos. It was raining the last few days, thus the creek and tributary streams were a bit full which made crossing a bit dicey. The mud and moss along the trail were definite slip hazards and should not be discounted. It was an enjoyable experience.

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Ben Trovato
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We did the loop, crossing over the river at two spots by climbing onto the fallen redwoods and crossing. My wife suffers vertigo so it was a bit dicey for her but she managed to do it. The one at the west end is thicker (seemed like more than 8 or 9 feet in diameter) which made the crossing a little easier. The one at the east end is narrower, perhaps only 6 feet diameter. The scenery through such a broad expanse of giant old redwood trees is truly spectacular and well worth a hike.

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Laura Connelly
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This was a beautiful trail. Most of it was easy. The only reason it’s a moderate trail is because you have to climb up a couple 6 foot fallen trees to cross the creek. There is a newly fallen tree that blocks the trail. We found a way to go under it to make it through. Amazing views of the redwoods.

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Katie Gardner
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Great hike. Still little early in season but can tell they’ve been working on clearing the trails. Absolutely beautiful place with some of the tallest trees in the world and clear flowing creeks and rivers. Stunning.

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Renee Hanley
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It rained the entire time and the bridge on north side is blocked off unsafe, so we turned back around. What we were able to hike was breathtaking. Very easy

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Ryan H.
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Great trail through pristine redwood forest with good views of the creek flats. We did the full loop South to North. It’s difficult with the seasonal bridges out, but the water was low enough we managed to scramble over some of the large fallen logs. There are a few places with some trees down along the trail as well; one in particular that makes it somewhat impassable (as of Jan 2019). One of the main bridges also seems to have been damaged but the water was low enough to hop over.

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