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Craigs Creek Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,551 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

The Craig’s Creek Trail was a super good workout. Took about two hours to the bottom and back. Great viewpoints along the way. If anyone is interested in doing cardio on these trails I’m down.

hiking
1 month ago

Shaded most of the hike. Only ones out on the hike and super nice solitude. Lots of poison oak, wear long pants. Many places to filter water if you wanted to. Some beautiful flowers along the way too.

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blowdown
1 month ago

2nd time around on this one. A great trail through the trees with a lot of poison oak. A few trees still down and a lot of recent trees down that have been cut up and partial cleared. Only real disappointment in this one is the lack of views of the river along the way. Nearby Paradise to Little Bald Hills has much better views. Got the tecnu out and hope I didn't miss anything...

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful river camping spot at the end of the trail.

hiking
blowdown
3 months ago

Great trail. Lots of fallen trees.

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blowdown
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Hike through second growth forest to bar in S. Fork Smith River.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Great day hike, but tons of poison oak! Kudos to the hiker who marked the switchback. Will most def do it again!

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

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
Mon Jul 16 2018

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.

Thu Jun 07 2018

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

Mon Jan 15 2018

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

hiking
Sun Jan 14 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Sep 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.

hiking
Wed Sep 06 2017

Started this today... Pretty hot and a bit smoky due to all the fires. The farther I went the more I heard gunshots in front of me. Heard afterwards there was a gun range close. Nice trail that I'll go back and finish another time. Plenty of poison oak on this one. Time for me to get out the Tecnu!

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4 months ago

recorded Craigs Creek Trail

hiking
7 months ago

running
Mon May 06 2019

running
Fri May 03 2019

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

hiking
Mon Jan 21 2019

running
Thu Aug 09 2018

hiking
Sat Sep 16 2017