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Hiouchi Trail is a 4.7 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.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Beautiful lush trail in the forest with amazing views of the creek

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail that follows the Smith River. Great views of large redwoods along the entire trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained. Dry. Moderate roots. Multiple lookout points over the beautiful river. Mostly shade.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail. One tree down but easy to get over. We hiked 2 lengths from the campground footbridge to the road and back (GPS signal did not pick up until we headed back from the road). River access for a nice stop for lunch. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

If you want to see the real mammoth redwoods this is the trail. It was easy with very few people. It followed the river and you’re rewarded with groves of giants much larger than the trees you see along the road side. We hiked 9 miles out and back, would have done more had it not started raining. Trail was in good shape.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy for avid hikers, moderate for occasional hikers. Good hike along the jade colored river. The grove at the end is beautiful but full of people even mid week. A good hike to get moving after sitting in the car driving a lot.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Hiked 6/19 and summer bridge to Stout grove was not visible so went back. Easy hike along Smith river.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, mostly shady with views of the Smith River, redwood trees, ferns, lots of varity, very engaging trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great trail! It had a few hills, so I would rank it as easy +, but nothing too strenuous. The creek it followed was beautiful - green/blue shade, with families playing on the sand bars; but we saw only a few other people on the trail. There were great big redwoods spread throughout the trail, and the grove at the end was spectacular! Well worth the walk!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a good trail with some challenging points. Runs along the river and I would rate it as a moderate trail. I would recommend it to others as we enjoyed it.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was accurately rated with quite a bit of uneven single trail until you connected to Mill Creek Trail and then it smoothed out a bit, on the Mill Creek Trail there was a downed tree blocking the path, but if you’re adventurous you can traverse them and continue on as we did. Very enjoyable hike today.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Awesome hike along the river the whole way back. Getting to walk through an old hollowed out redwood was super cool. Saw some slugs along the path all stretched out. Once to the back of the trail you get to arrive at a big opening with multiple redwood trees sprawled out. Just mesmerized how big and they truly are. Awesome hike!

9 months ago

started at the walking bridge at Jedidiah Smith state park, and disnt know where it exactly ended? we could hear the highway and we had our dogs so wasnt quite sure we wanted to walk the busy hwy with the dogs. otherwise a beautiful trail, scenery and hike

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail!!!! maybe bring a bear bell, on the way back out saw a black bear coming at us on the trail. But all of it is beautiful, even the bear

10 months ago

Good trail. Exposed roots in sections, but otherwise well maintained. Nice views of the river along the way. Very peaceful once you leave the road. Saw schools of salmon in the river below.

11 months ago

Truly an awesome and invigorating hike! My favorite in the redwoods. The trailhead is very hard to find (see photo). It’s right before the bridge tucked slightly back from the road. This out and back trail took us around 1h30 to complete. Majestic redwoods ending in a scenic view of the riverbed. Not one to miss!

hiking
Monday, July 09, 2018

First time at the Redwoods and this trail did not disappoint. It is a little over 4 miles there and back. Fairly easy hike. The trail head is a little hidden and hard to spot. Right after the bridge, but tucked away a little. We went in July and the weather was amazing. Mosquitos were plentiful and we saw several banana slugs. There weren’t many people on it while we were there. The views of the beautiful river are amazing. So blue and green. Well maintained trail with a lot of wooden steps and a couple bridges.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

great easy trail for all ages and skill , rolls along the water edge thru some huge trees , easy miles ..

hiking
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Walked from the Hutton trailhead (easy to find parking) to meet up with the Hiouchi hoping to get to the Stout Grove. We couldn’t cross the river “land bridge” because of the spring melt, but it’s just as well because the end of the trail before the river is beautiful. We saw minimal people and went in the early afternoon to catch the glowing stain glass effect the sun makes around 3:30-4:00pm.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Great views and very easy to walk. Nice wide trails so it’s easy to navigate. Lots of nice scenery.

Monday, April 02, 2018

the trail connects to stout grove but you have to ford a stream that can be deep and fast moving. easy to miss trailhead, right after bridge tucked away

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Beautiful forest walk. Very quiet and beautiful mini waterfalls that give the best ambience to meditate. We had the trail all to ourselves.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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

running
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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.

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