Fall Creek

MODERATE 288 reviews

Fall Creek is a 8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Felton, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

The Fall Creek trail follows Fall Creek up the drainage. Explore this beautiful babbling creek and the natural surrounding of Henry Cowell Redwood State Park.

2 days ago

Saw Big Ben

15 days ago

wow! great trail with lots of trees.

Wonderful trail . Lots of trees with the sound of creek beside you . Trail was not marked well at a lot of places . Alltrails is a must have !

hiking
18 days ago

LOVE this trail!

hiking
20 days ago

1 month ago

Great trails and very serene! Beautiful views too ❤️

hiking
1 month ago

Went clockwise for this hike. Took about 3.5 hours to complete. The trails are beautiful, lots of different variety of plants and trees. Most of the trail is along the river. Note: this trail is not at the main Henry C. Park., you have to drive to the other section of the park. Overall decent workout and lovely scenery.

1 month ago

very nice hike, its between easy to moderate. if you are looking for a blissful day and spend some time with the music of creek along your way. this is it. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Ideal hiking difficulty — either direction you choose on the loop is more or less ascending until about the halfway point, and then it’s a good descent. I did the loop clockwise, and luckily I ran into people who had already made a wrong turn at the 5-mike mark to put me on the correct path and prevent me from hiking an extra mile or two. Hiking along the creek was pleasant. The AllTrails map is a must have!

1 month ago

Beautiful plants and creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice nature hike not too crowded. Trail was along the creek mostly. No bathrooms so be prepared.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. One of the best in NorCal.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail. It's actually 9 miles and if you take wrong turns like we did then it becomes 10 miles :D But don't worry it will still be very beautiful and enjoyable. The trail runs adjacent to the Fall Creek and that adds to the beauty of the trail. There are a lot of fallen trees and path going under those trees or go over them. The trail can get confusing since there are places where multiple diversions are possible, so make sure to keep a Google maps or All Trails map on so that you don't get lost. There are a few small waterfalls too on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Moderate. Closer to 9 miles than 8 miles according to my Apple Watch GPS. Took about 4.5 hours to complete including a few rest breaks. Beautiful walk in the redwoods. This trail passes by “Big Ben” giant redwood. The trail is washed away for about a 10 yard section on the eastern fall creek section of the loop but if it is passable by just making your way across the large tree and rocks that are over the creek.

3 months ago

Awesome spot !

4 months ago

all around great trail

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful Hikes I have ever hiked.With slight drizzle and cloudy skies , it was a amazing hike and I had stopped by the redwood for nearly an hour to enjoy the nature's beauty. For the most part of trail you will have the pristine creek running by beside the trail. the ascend and descend alternates itself and gives you a pleasure of a good workout. Although there is something about the trail I would like to mention. If you are taking the loop through Fall creek south fork trail and join back the Fall creek trail after hiking Big Ben Trail, then after hiking 1.3 miles in Fall creek trail from Big Ben along the creek, you will find that the path has been completely eroded and there is no way to proceed further. You would have to take a switch back to reach the Truck Trail, then hike thru Ridge Trail and S-Cape Trail to join the fall creek trail back. The switch back is not a well marked trail path and you have to figure it out moving back from the closed path say by .2 miles , this increases the trail distance to 10.3 miles and is not what that has been mentioned.

5 months ago

Reasonably challenging, fallen trees to climb over or under, the river or creeks are with you most of the way. Beautiful trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike! Got to see two Banana slugs and Big Ben.

trail running
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail for hiking or trail running. The creek in the bottom is such a treat!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Not an experienced hiker, but was was able to navigate through trail fairly well. If you love the Redwoods and all that it has to offer, you’ll love this hike.

6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful forest with a crystal clear creek providing a lovely soundtrack. )The limestone kilns are pretty cool as well.) This is one of the prettiest forests I’ve seen. Pack a nice lunch and maybe your journal or book -there are many places whee you can step off the trail and just enjoy the setting.

hiking
7 months ago

It's like walking along a trail I read from a book / movie! Fabulous!

8 months ago

Awesome! Love the smell of the redwood.

8 months ago

Very good trail. As I read somewhere, the path is laid but the trail is not. Pure wilderness experience with soothing water sounds along side the creek. Big Ben makes an interesting mid point and so does the other spots in between (lost spot, barrel mill site). Didnt found more than dozen people for whole 3 hrs (started 7.30am from parking) and had the whole of forest to explore.

9 months ago

Such a nice trail with lots of shade.

9 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike! We went to the right at the bridge where it splits off. We were glad we did as we hiked down hill more rather than more uphill walking. There is a part where it gets tricky right when you double back. We had no service but the map would still stay up, just without the blue locator dot. When you need to find the trail to double back, you have to cross left over the creek.. that was the only part I found to be tricky. Absolutely gorgeous!!

hiking
9 months ago

Great day for a hike! Took some familiar trails and checked out a part of the trail I hadn't been on before.

hiking
9 months ago

So perfect! Many different trails to try out. And so much water everywhere! This hike never disappoints.

10 months ago

Hike seemed very pleasant. But, must warn about few adventurous routes we took. There is one deviation where we need to go below and cross over a branch. Instead, we climbed up a non safe path which was leading to nowhere. So we had to comeback. Otherwise, it was just an amazing feeling in the woods.

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