Damnation Creek Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

Damnation Creek Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Klamath, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

washed out

no dogs

12 days ago

Gorgeous hike! The mist in the redwoods is amazing! Bridge says it’s not in use but I had a party of 6 and we all crossed and made it to the ocean just fine. Great day trip. We did the hike with a 13 and 2 year old very doable for all abilities!

30 days ago

This is a must to do, this is the most beautiful trail that leads down to the ocean. it is steep going down and coming back up but the walk through the Redwoods is breathtaking. as you get to the end as others have said it says bridge out but we walked across it with no problem at all and within 50 feet you're looking down at the ocean. this is a must-do

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1 month ago

Fantastic hike! Loved the variety of vegetation and forest area and the beach at the end. The trail signs say it is closed but just ignore it. The trail is usable and the bridge is fine. It looked like there was a bit of a washout which makes part of the trail trickier but definitely manageable. We saw lots of children and old folk using the trail so it is usable for all ages and types. So worth the steep climb down and back for the ocean/beach at the bottom.

1 month ago

lots of variety in this hike. towards the end the vegetation gets very thick and s little humid then suddenly everything opens up and you are on the beach with an incredible view

1 month ago

Good beach views at end if you go past the broken bridge. Mud and trail washout makes conditions difficult for unaccustomed hikers closer to sea level, we encountered several people who turned around early.

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3 months ago

Honestly couldn't have asked for better, other than the state penitentiary fire department using the trail also to clear debris from a recent storm, which was a little freaky for two women. If you come to the sign and see its closed, don't stop! The bridge is deemed unsafe but i'm sure you can slide into the creek and cross it relatively easily. We took the bridge one at a time but it's wobbly.
The hike back is killer, layer up on the way down and strip to a tank top or t shirt because the hike up will challenge anyone. Pack light.

3 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Great combo of giant redwood trees, creeks, ferns, ocean and a good workout (heading back). The trail head is not well marked but the post is there right off 101 right in the middle of the current road repair. Make sure you enter to the right side of the trail sign.
I started at 930am, there was not a soul on the trail. When you see the “downed” bridge you are 100yards from the beach. You can easily navigate around the bridge to cross the creek; it’s worth the effort for the view at the ocean. Stayed for an hour at the ocean just soaking in the sun, solitude and the beauty...
Down slope was a bit slippery, And fairly steep in couple sections, I can see it getting dicey under wet condition - wear good hiking shoes if raining.
Amazing short trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this April 4th. The hike was beautiful. The trek back up was a little rough but definitely manageable. One of my favorite hikes of all time. The payoff was great!

4 months ago

great views great hike

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail. Time yourself and know your limits, coming out can be tough. Amazing seeing old growth to the beach. Can’t beat.

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10 months ago

Awesome hike! I loved hiking through the beautiful redwoods and coming out at the beach. The hike back up is a bit tiring but soo worth the it!

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11 months ago

May discover a fantastic view with the combination of the sun & fog. Therefore you'd like to do it before 1pm. A bit pity that they closed the bridge to the beach this summer (2017 August). Yet, so much fun hike up and down so better for you to prepare a pair of good hiking shoes. (Some places a bit slippy, pay attention)

hiking
11 months ago

Damnation Creek Trail is a great hike through the coastal redwoods, winding through literally thousands of old growth trees. The trail is lined with huge ferns and lush redwood sorrel. If you don't want the big elevation change, just stroll up the first half mile or so of this trail. The footbed is ideal: wide, softly cushioned, and few roots or rocks. It's one place that you can gaze up at the giant trees without tripping -- don't try that on the Boy Scout Tree Trail, where the nearly continuous nest of hazardous roots demands constant vigilance.

The trail sign says steep and strenuous, but in fact the route is well graded on 23 switchbacks (some very short). The only steep part (temporarily) is climbing around the derelict bridge at the beach end... a bit slippery if there is mud. The return hike climbs steadily but seems mild despite the 1100-foot ascent. Perhaps the fantastic forest scenery distracts! Take it slow and easy, and the beautiful hike ends too quickly.

Once the trail crosses to the west side of the ridge, the bad highway noise (trucks ascending the mountain) soon fades. Frankly we did not notice the intrusion until the return trip. The moisture from the Pacific must keep the sea slope wetter, since it didn't appear dried out in August like other areas did.

About halfway to the bottom, the trail slabs a steep gorge; you are looking out at the mid-story of redwoods still towering above, but the trucks originate far below in the gorge. It's a great way to appreciate how tall these "plants" really are! Then the redwoods give way to mature western hemlock and other trees. The beach itself is long and lovely at low tide, with natural arches in the cliff and sea stacks. You could walk at least a half mile south along the cove's beach, but pay attention to an incoming tide or you might get trapped! Near high tide, the beach would be inaccessible and dangerous.

We had the beach all to ourselves for an hour in the late morning, at the time of day that other trails already are jammed. Definitely arrive early if you want the experience of complete solitude among the splendor of the redwoods. They are beautiful even if there is fog, and the trail is easy to follow.

The "real" trailhead is right at mile marker 16.0. The parking spreads out along the road, so there are many trampled exits like a river delta. Go have fun, whether or not you venture beyond the upper, nearly-level portion of the trail!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hike was very scenic. There is a little bit of everything to see on this hike from huge redwoods to a beautiful beach. It was challenging, but rewarding. Ocean view made this hike worth the difficult climb back. Bridge is closed, but we were able to navigate the terrain down the right side of the bridge and cross the very small creek to the other side. After the creek, it was about .1 miles to the beach.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Beautiful trail! Amazing redwoods, great ocean views. Trail is not in great shape however, somewhat overgrown. Also there is a sign that says a bridge is out and there is no beach access, however we were able to make it to the beach just fine, no bridge issues or anything. Good trail.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

went over 4th of july weekend on this lovely trail. when you get to the beach, look for a trail that veers off to the right for the stairway access so you don't have to scramble over the rocks. the cool weather definitely worked in my favor on the way back up, lol!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Going down is easy peasy and the views and beach are amazing! Coming back up is a little harder but totally worth the trip.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Wow. Wow. Wow. The beach sneaks up on you at the end, and it is absolutely glorious. This was the hardest "moderate" hike I've done, but it was worth it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A really great short(er) hike. If you do any sort of elevation change hiking you will be totally fine on the way back. Otherwise take lots of breaks. Even though there is a sign that says bridge failure you are able to take the trail all the way out to the beach.

Monday, June 05, 2017

We have done about 15 hikes in the last week and a half across the country and this is by far in the top 2. Great trail, well maintained, easy to follow. I will say it is moderate trail going down....and hard coming back up. I'd be in shape to do this one!!! Well worth it though you get redwoods, green feens, and rock beach with succulent covered cliffs all in one trail!!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

this is such an amazing breathtaking hike. Great views, coming back up I thought, was easier than going down. So worth the trek and 1000ft drop

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful scenery! It is quite a hike back out, but don't let that stop you.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great little morning workout with a beach view at the end, nice cove! Make sure you start at the trailhead - hiking lesson #1 haha epic fail (you will know what I am talking about if you don't). A sign said the bridges were washed out but they were stable and intact.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

This trail looks rad on paper but so far this season it is too soon to attempt it. There are trees and limbs down all over the place and we lost the trail more than once in the first hundred yards. We turned around and came out an eighth of a mile from where we had parked. The hike looks great just not ready yet.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

One of my top 2 all time favorite hikes in CA! Beautiful and well kept trail. Gorgeous majestic Redwoods during the first 3rd or so. Playing at the ocean at the bottom. The overlook just above the water is special. Just love this hike. We were camping at Mill Creek. My wife even collected mussels along the shore and cooked them back at camp. Not too strenuous of a hike. Takes about an hour to get back up once at the ocean floor.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

need to be in better shape for this one. wasn't expecting switch back steep hills, but a great work out and the view at the end was amazing!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Good hike that I enjoyed especially because of the beautiful redwoods and the cardio on the way back. If you're not in reasonable shape don't do this hike. There is only a few hundred yards of flat ground on the 4.2 mile hike. If you are looking for a nice beautiful beach stop at Crescent City. If you want to step on this beach at all check your tide schedule. Today was an incoming close to high tide with a good swell and there wasn't a beach. The trail was in pretty good shape but still needed a little work even though a dozen trail workers were on their way up as I was going down. There is a sign saying the bridge isn't usable but it is and the sign that was on the bridge itself is no longer there. That may have been what the crew was doing this morning. I was expecting to see more than the 2 other hikers that I saw on the trail. Overall a very good hike that I enjoyed and will repeat.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Trailhead is at right of lot. Redwood forest down to ocean cove- what's not to love?

birding
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The hike to the bottom is relatively easy but coming back up is pretty tiring. The beach is beautiful. The trail is pretty but it was in rough shape when I went. Definitely worth the hike back up

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beautiful hike through the Redwoods. Most of the elevation change is in the mile closest to the shore which makes it strenuous.

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