Hiouchi Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Hiouchi Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

3.6 miles
219 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

2 months ago

Always a fun and beautiful hike. Stopped to jump in the freezing river last time i went. Watch out for wasps near spring/summertime.

3 months ago

This trail has water, ferns, wildlife, and trees.

4 months ago

Love this trail! My husband and I went to Stout Trail and enjoyed every minute of it. Beautiful views of the Smith River and a couple of benches a long the way. Highly recommend it.

P.s. There's no parking entrance. It's on the side of hwy199 right before you cross the bridge where it meets up with the 197. Blink and you might miss the trailhead.

5 months ago

Nice trail. Quite an easy walk. The mostly shaded trail leads to a nice beach at the end . Definitely recommend going a little farther to the Stout Grove. The only problem was that you can hear 199 for a bit of the start.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike, but lots of people. We were out the first week of August. There is a tree at the end that you walk through that has a hornets nest, my husband got stung. Great views of the river.

9 months ago

Great Mother's Day hike. Some up and down at the start and then pretty mild. Rhodiies in bloom and a beautiful walk to Mill Creek and back.

9 months ago

A great mix of hills and level trails and not a lot of roots. Easy to hit 10k steps!

trail running
9 months ago

Best when the Smith River Summer bridge is in. This is a river with no dams and therefore rises and falls with rain. In the Summer, the Parks department erects a foot bridge from Jed Smith camp ground to the trail. Good parking along the 199. Can also park at Stout Grove and do the trail the other direction...
BTW, it's a good technical running trail. Not hilly, but the lighting and the footing is tricky when running.

11 months ago

Did this hike a few days ago was awesome !! I'd suggest going on along to mill creek trail as well , really beautiful forest and the creek is right there , so nice ..was raining most the day and still was super fun ,.. a must see

11 months ago


Saturday, October 29, 2016

One of my favorite hikes in the area. I do one longer than the one posted here usually. i usually hike to Howland hills rd and back and it can be extended in both directions. It doesn't get near as much traffic when the temporary bridge is not in place for the summer.

Monday, September 12, 2016

I hike this trail regularly as I live in nearby Hiouchi. This trail connects with others that can make this hike a very long one through remote areas. I've hiked a 15 mile route (30 miles round trip from the Hwy 199 trailhead) and it goes further. If you do the 40 mile loop, there are camping areas. However, you can reach the same camping area by other, shorter routes. The first part of the Hiouchi trail which parallels the Smith River is the prettiest part of the hike in my opinion.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Not dog friendly

Saturday, September 03, 2016

We loved it and it was a great hike. Easy terrain and pretty views of river and big trees with water access at several points along the way to cool off or picnic. Took 3 kids along and 2 dogs on leash and we went 7.5 miles round trip but could have gone further if we had started earlier. Various other trails go on from there. Trail head was easy to miss and parking not great. Pedometer said 13640 steps! :)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Great walk. Beautiful. Easy but can be made much more difficult just by increasing pace. Slow or fast it's enjoyable.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tried to find the trail head for this from the Jedediah Smith Campground, but was told by the ranger that dogs were not allowed on it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Great trail..... Beautiful hike! Will for sure do again!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

nice trail that follows the smith river and leads to an old tall tree grove. walked the trail with family aging from 13 to 50 and was manageable for all. depending on pace it can take from 2-3 hours.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Son Bryan and I ran this trail on a rainy day, he is getting ready for a marathon and we're both trying to get ready for the Tough Mudder in Tahoe. Good running trail

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A very easy trail with beautiful views of the smith river throughout. This trail also links up to other trails including the stout grove loop featuring some of the best redwood trees in the area. There is usually heavy traffic on the trail as it is very popular and connects to the jed smith campground when the seasonal footbridge is connected during the summer months. The hardest section is the first half mile off the highway 199 trail head.

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