French Hill Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

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.

5.2 miles
1,660 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

9 months ago


Friday, November 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

trail running
Friday, October 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.

Wednesday, March 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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

Saturday, August 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.

9 months ago

Sunday, June 25, 2017