Damnation Creek Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,177 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

running

beach

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

Due to a structural failure of a foot bridge approximately 1.75 miles from the Damnation Creek trailhead, the bridge has been closed to public access. The Damnation Creek Trail remains open to the bridge, but access to the beach from the trail is closed until further notice. Access to the Coastal Trail from the Damnation Creek trailhead remains open. For updates: https://www.nps.gov/redw/learn/news/damnation-creek-trail-closure.htm

hiking
bridge out
over grown
4 days ago

Amazing view of the ocean- you just have to make it the last little bit through overgrown trail and the bridge is out but manageable if you’re brave enough. The ocean was gorgeous per usual. And for the most part we were alone. There were a few tripod people in the first mile but beyond that we saw no one which was perfect for social distancing. We packed a lunch for the beach and it was quite the strenuous hike back up.

hiking
bridge out
7 days ago

Bridge is out right before the beach- however you can cross under it pretty easily. Lovely hike, way back is quite strenuous but can easily be done by all levels! Beautiful day- can even walk down time the beach to the left of the trail.

hiking
bridge out
11 days ago

Great hike. But the bridge was out to get to the beach/views.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice wide, clear paths. Worth it to go down and not think about the hike back. STEEP and STRENUOUS like the sign says! Best hike so far I’ve done since moving to Crescent City.

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome place to be!!! Start through the Redwoods and end on the beach! Amazing views and great trail!!!!!

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

20200209 - Sign will say bridge closed, but you can still cross it or just go below the bridge and step over the small steam. Big Redwoods the whole hike to the ocean. More stunning during high tide, waves crashing on the rocks when you reach the ocean. Recommend to go down the ledge to the right at sea level and explore the coast line north and south. The whole way back is incline up switchbacks. If you don't stop on the way back (no rest breaks) it will take you roughly 45mins to get back to your vehicle. Breaks will increase that time.

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blowdown
bridge out
closed
muddy
4 months ago

Amazing grove to view from within. The bridge at the end is still out of commission, but the trail is absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend getting out there and exploring it. Absolute Beauty.

hiking
5 months ago

This was an amazing hike to the beach. It’s pretty steep getting back up but worth it. My gps marked it as 4.7 in and out.

6 months ago

A beautiful area and exceptional trails. The trail to the ocean is very challenging - on the way up, that is. definitely worth the walk , if you are up to it. Up and down with a short lunch break was about 3 hours.

hiking
bridge out
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Magical! Beautiful! Awesome hike!

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bridge out
scramble
8 months ago

A hidden gem of a trail. The notices that the walking bridge is out just shy of reaching the beach should not deter you. First the trail is well marked just south of Mill Creek Campgrounds on Hwy 101. The trail starts from the parking area and climbs a little before it starts the steady decline. NOTE- You will cross the Coastal Trail. As you are hiking from the parking area you will come to a cut thru to the coastal trail which appears to be the remnants of an old costal road that was paved. Just stay on the main trail for another 100 yards and you come to actual crossing that has a sign on it. The sign warns you that the trail is closed due to the bridge being out. The trail is wide open. This is just a precaution. The descent down is steady. The trail is NOT maintained so there are many steps in step areas that are washed out and dangerous. The old growth of the redwoods are spectacular. You will hear the water crashing on the beaches below a long time before reaching the shore. You will cross two bridges. The first is fine and neat as it is moss covered. The second has lost its horizontal bracing and hand rails. The bridge is there and fine but there are no rails. One person at a time and NO jumping as the bridge is springy without the support. OR you can drop down in the creek and climb back up the other side. Then just a hundred yards to the beach The climb down to the beach is via a very narrow path with steps cut in the rock. Caution is warranted to not take a tumble. Then enjoy the secluded beach so representative on NW Pacifica coast. The trail is closer to 4.2 Miles RT. It took 1:45 to descend and 1:30 to ascend. Not bad for two 60+ year olds

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful tees

hiking
bridge out
9 months ago

Such an amazing hike, the huge redwoods are inexplicably giant and just as majestic as promised. the trail down is mostly down hill with a relatively clear trail other than roots and some narrow spots. I would not reccomend for children, only to due to the fact that the hike back up is very taxing (Mostly made up of switchbacks with steep inlcines). The last bridge is closed but my husband I crossed it very slowly and were able to make it the beach (it was totally worth the risk). There is a way to make it across without the bridge but it would be difficult if it was previously rainy or foggy the night before. Honestly, it is worth the rather dramatic evaluation difference, just be sure to bring water and some snacks to recharge. :)

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 months ago

Bridge is closed but we saw people crossing it one at a time so we decided to go for it. Kinda scary but everyone made it down and back safely. The beach was so worth the hike. Easy hike down, lots of uphill back but luckily there are a lot of flat spots so that naturally makes it a tiny bit easier.

hiking
9 months ago

Brutal hike out.....take lots of water and snacks!

hiking
bridge out
9 months ago

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bridge out
muddy
off trail
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
bridge out
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Breathtaking. Everything you want to experience. Wonderful trail through a majestic grove, the inclines give you some unique base to top views of beautiful redwoods that many of the other trails in the area lack. Then you pop out onto a beach with equally amazing views down the rugged coast. Add in the fog rolling through and the relative solitude and it is easily my favorite hike of any I’ve done in the area. It is a tough elevation drop but the lack of altitude makes it not much of a problem so long as you aren’t in any hurry...I already can’t wait to come back again someday and do this one again.

recorded Damnation Creek Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Two bridges at bottom are both skeet. The last one is actually closed and looks compromised but right now the creek is low so you can just climb around the bridge and still access the beach. Beautiful trail!

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