Fall Creek is a 8.7 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
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,837 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

scramble

washed out

off trail

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. Note that you may need to do a little off trail scrambling at the point denoted by the Erosion waypoint.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
washed out
22 days ago

Based on my experience today following the red trail designated in the All Trails map, a more accurate description for this trail would be: Fall Creek Trail to Big Ben Trail to Lost Empire Trail to Cape Horn Trail to Fall Creek Trail (or reverse it, depending on what way you want make the loop). Due to erosion, toppled trees, twists + turns, and a lack of trail markers, my hiking partner and I lost the trail several times. According to my tracker, the loop was 9.1 miles. The parking lot was a pretty decent size compared to some other trailheads (I'm guessing it's meant for about 25-30 cars) but was still full. Some parking along the road seems to be an option. There were no restrooms at the trailhead. Seeing the lime kilns was pretty cool, and the redwoods, ferns, and other greenery here are gorgeous. Hiking alongside/near the creek was lovely. Lots of natural beauty. As of January 2019, there were multiple large fallen trees blocking the trails that required climbing under, over, around, and through brush.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail for someone who’s fond of big trees and likes to have a balanced elevation throughout the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The start and end of the trail next to the creek were the nice parts of the trail. The whole climbing seemed pointless since it wasn't very scenic either.

hiking
1 month ago

If you only do Fall Creek Loop it's a moderate hike, that is beautiful. Lots of rocks, roots, trees and some climbing over/under fallen trees. But a super beautiful and fun hike. there are lots of side trails you can take, just know where you are heading as some of them are pretty hard and can lead you a long way from your car!

hiking
2 months ago

Great loop trail in redwoods. Not too steep, gently uphill and very nice downhill along the creek. Beautiful forest scenery! Note: you are always in the forest, it actually was chilly today and there was barely any sun reaching the trail. There is a landslide towards the end on the downhill part but easily manageable if you pay attention.

2 months ago

Love the area and its history.

hiking
3 months ago

Really beautiful trail that follows the water for the majority of the way. The route that I recorded took a horse trail to connector trail, then over to the main trail. Part of it it washed out so you’ll have to scale some fallen trees for about 50 feet. Other than that I would definitely recommend!’

hiking
4 months ago

Scenery: 4
Views: 2
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 5

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Allows opportunity to walk over streams on large fallen trees. A workout but accessible for a wider variety of hiking and fitness levels.

hiking
4 months ago

A beautiful hike shaded by the trees. I went early on a Sunday morning and saw about two other hikers for my 2.5 miles in. On the way out, however, I saw easily 20+ other hikers. I’d love to go again and get an even earlier start. There were very infrequent, brief sections of the path that were narrow, rocky, and/or interrupted by fallen trees.

5 months ago

Great trail along the creek, wonderful redwood trees and other flora. All the trail is in the shade so perfect for hot summer days. Note that at one point the trail collapsed, there is a huge tree fallen on the creek, on which you should walk to continue.

5 months ago

Definitely a favorite now. We went August 25, the weather was perfect and in the morning about 9am, there was still parking, but it was filling up..

The first of the hike is where you gain your elevation. Coming back was all downhill. The redwoods are always breathtaking and do not disappoint and the creek is just a bonus.

In August there was still enough water rushing through the creek. It is nice and refreshing to stick your feet in after hiking for a few hours.

As we got closer to finishing the hike more people were headed in and it got crowded. Definitely worth getting an early start if you want some quiet time with the redwoods.

hiking
5 months ago

Too many people and walking up on someone dropping their drawers close to the creek was the final straw.

hiking
5 months ago

WARNING - the trail is completely eroded at https://www.google.com/maps/search/37.06963,-122.10235 going through older comments now I see others mention this and some say you can get through by going into the creek but it may have gotten worse. The creek has a lot of fallen trees in it so not clear it can be reasonably traversed and from the point at which you would need to go through it, it isn't clear you can get back on the trail or how long you'll have to keep climbing over fallen trees in the creek.

The trail is beautiful though but if you do it plan enough time to get to the erosion point and then go back out the way you came so the distance is closer to 14 miles.

6 months ago

No... just, no.

walking
6 months ago

We went there with our dog! There are few trails where you can bring your dog (on a leash). Was really beautiful and peaceful. We even found a small piece of creek to refresh. We’ll definitely return!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful Trail!

6 months ago

Great trail that follows the creek for a good distance. We did an out&back because there were some fallen trees blocking the path

7 months ago

Saw Big Ben

7 months ago

wow! great trail with lots of trees.

7 months ago

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
7 months ago

LOVE this trail!

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Great trails and very serene! Beautiful views too ❤️

hiking
8 months 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.

8 months 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
8 months 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!

8 months ago

Beautiful plants and creek.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Beautiful hike. One of the best in NorCal.

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