Johnson Camp Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Johnson Camp Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Myers Flat, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and horses and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.5 miles
2,103 feet
Out & Back



horseback riding

trail running


no dogs

Trail through old growth Redwoods leading to Johnson Trail Camp Winner of the 2005 Annual Achievement award & funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. $234,922 went into creating this trail for our enjoyment: thee years' work yielded five miles of new trail on moderate grade, available both to hikers & equestrians. In other words: it's worth it. Construction was done almost entirely with materials found ON the trail. You won't find rebar reinforcement here; it's all redwood. The destination is a trail camp where you can pitch a tent and stay, or rest a while. Be sure to bring water or a filter, as the water is untreated. A chemical toilet is available, but you need your own TP. Camp is an old "tie hacker" camp, a base of operations for the men who manually cut railroad ties out of trees. From here you can meet up to the Grasshopper MUT for another 2 miles to reach the Grasshopper Lookout. Heading back down Grasshopper would make it a loop.

7 hours ago

Our longest hike of our trip. Not at it's best in summer (August). Slightly tough to find the start of as not well sign posted but turn left at the bridge and pass the Tall Tree then turn left at the junction (I think sign posted Bulls Creek) to start.

This hike was long - took about 2.5 hours to get to the top and the scenary was fairly samey. Thick growth all one colour. many creeks but they were accompanied by wasps, bees, and mosquitos.

We we're hoping for some cabins along the way but there is only two (one standing) at the top of the trail. There is a toilet and camp area too which was great, however the amount of mosquitos meant we couldn't stay to sit and rest.

Instead we took a gamble and decided to create a loop with the Grasshopper trail as this one was less interesting than hoped. We'd probably suggest not doing that as it's similar to this trail but on a fire road.

I could see this being a fun hike in spring or fall when there is colour or lots of vegetation. by the end, I was more interested in if I'd hot 35k steps then on the scenery.

For a long walk I'd suggest the Bulls Creek North and South (which we also did). Almost the same distance but found it to be more interesting and have fun places on the river to stop for lunch and rest.

1 month ago

Most beautiful portion is the first mile through the old growth.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beautiful! Bridges are seasonal but you can call Humboldt Redwoods State parks (707-946-1811) and get the low down on when they plan to put them in. Can be quite damp in wet season, which is long. Seems to be raining from Oct to late April or early May. But hey, that what makes it soooo lush in there! Bring layers and lots of socks. Bear country and has a "cat" as of 05/13. lots of great photo ops

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Great hike. One issue is that they have bridges that are taken down as of when I was here mid march. No dogs allowed on trails. Pretty awesome trees and worth it.

13 days ago

3 months ago

horseback riding
Sunday, July 16, 2017