French Hill Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gasquet, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,660 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

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Directions from Crescent City: Take Hwy. 101 to the junction with Hwy. 199. Go east on 199, the trailhead is at the Visitor Center.

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22 days ago

Great trail for some exercise. Nothing exciting for vistas, flowers, or water features. There are small wild flowers blooming now, very pretty. I love this hike for a good workout.

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5 months ago

Been a couple of years and 2 dogs later. Just one long hill with very little of interest and hardly any views, A lot of work going on around the trail. Appears they are constructing a fire break about 100 yards wide. Also a warning sign at the beginning of the trail for Mt Lions.

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Wed Mar 06 2019

Good hike for great exercise. Not my favorite for views and scenery though.

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Wed Oct 03 2018

Was not fully prepared. Hike there and back took my boyfriend and I 4 hours. Too steep for us. Would not go back.

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Thu Aug 16 2018

Great trail for a quick morning hike. A good steady uphill ascent. Took my dog up here to tire him out before getting back in the car. Views aren’t great most of the way but trail is shaded! Enjoy.

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Fri Aug 03 2018

Good hike, lots of climbing. Not very crowded at all. Not a redwood hike like many in the area so less crowded but a good hike and easy access.

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Sat May 26 2018

It was a really nice, well maintained trail lined with beautiful wildflowers. I did it in the pouring rain and the trees did a good job lightening the rain. The only downside is that there’s no viewpoints or anything, though the flowers and misty woods make up for it.

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Sat May 19 2018

Nice trail, well maintained. Pretty flowers, lush forest in some areas. This is roughly 3 miles uphill, and 3 miles downhill. Great for some quick exercise, but no real views and the top is just a road. Great way to kill almost 2 hours and get your heart rate up. Seemed well used, passed 4 different groups of hikers.

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Thu Mar 22 2018

Great workout as the three miles there is all uphill via switch backs. The trail is very well maintained and nice views in a few places. Expected the end of the trail to be at a lookout, not a Mt. road but still a nice hike. My 8 year old hiked this with me and we ran some of the trail on the way down. Will do it again for sure. This is a six mile hike there and back. Not sure why it says 4.8 miles.

backpacking
Thu Oct 05 2017

Beautiful

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Fri Nov 11 2016

If you don't really like to hike hills don't do this one....... this is just one hill nearly 3 miles long. The only flat part is the top 1/16 of a mile. It's an excellent hike for conditioning which is why I chose to do it. The trail is challenging for most and may be on the top end of moderate and is in very good shape. It's probably best done in the fall and winter. It's structured well enough it could also be done in the rain. There were several little creeks that my lab Brook really enjoyed... There are a couple of places with very nice views as well. #267

running
Fri Oct 07 2016

A good training hill for trail ultramarathons. Definitely a 3 mile trail one way. Great trail! Well built and holding up well. Extremely runnable.

Wed Mar 23 2016

The first three miles, from Hwy 199 to French Hill Rd, are up hill all the way. After not doing much hiking through the winter this was a quite a workout. But it felt great to get to the top and the views are nice.

Wed Jul 16 2014

What a great conditioning hike.... Very peaceful hike! Power walked up, ran down!

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Sat Aug 11 2012

A six mile round trip. The 1st half ascends gently via switchbacks. The views are obstructed by the trees. Watch out for poison oak bordering the trail. We saw a few banana slugs and a young bird of prey during the walk.

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