Mill Creek Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

8.6 miles
767 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

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wild flowers

no dogs

This half-day hike wanders through an old-growth redwood forest. Mill Creek is a crystal stream bordered by thick forest that provides excellent habitat for coho and Chinook salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout. From October through December, vine and big-leaf maples display crimson and golden colors, and berries are available for the taking (one gallon per person per day). This trail allows easy access for fishing, photography, and identification of many plants endemic to the redwood forest community.

26 days ago

A very nice introduction to the Coastal Redwoods- we combined this hike with Walker Road/ cycling some of the way. Just magnificent trees and Smith River is gorgeous. Didn’t see salmon in Mill Creek but it was hard to get close to the creek. We had a drizzly day but still very nice. Can’t wait to see more Redwoods and then Sequoias. Highly recommend.

1 month ago

Really beautiful hike alongside the Mill River through so. many. trees! Maple, redwoods, Douglas fir...a tree haven. This trail is probably my all time favorite and will definitely continue hiking this trail every year.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Did this around 8am on 8/7 and did not see another person until I was on my way back. The trail is however very over grown and poison oak is ubiquitous.

trail running
5 months ago

This is a gem. Quiet and meandering with fantastic trees, and the beautiful creek just downslope. Did it as an out and back trail run (with Houichi) - nice, cozy, runnable treadway with such nice flow to it. Nary a soul out there. Hiking or running, it is worth the journey.

Monday, October 09, 2017

My wife and I hiked this trail today and loved it. We encountered a few other hikers along the way, but overall pretty much had it all to ourselves. Between the magnificent trees, the picturesque stream, excellent trail quality and early fall colors, we enjoyed the whole of the experience. We'll definitely return.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

great looking trail except that about .25 miles onto the hike there is a water crossing with official bridging. there is a series of logs going across the water with one running up at about 45 degree angle to the top of the steep inbankment. The log was wet and looked like a possible slip hazard, especially come down, and I wasn't willing to risk falling in the water with my camera equipment. The creek water level was high and flowing rapidly due to the recent high rainfall. I was told later in the day that during the summer months they put up cable crossings in areas like this, so I guess this gives me a reason to come back.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great trail I've done a few times but I've always done it with the Hiouchi Trail. One of my favorites in the area...

trail running
Saturday, October 08, 2016

This is a local favorite. My wife and I take almost every visitor of ours to this trail for its range of benefits. Great trail, can be as long as you want (continues to other great trails...), Mill Creek itself is amazing in its natural beauty and asset as a spawning habitat... Can't go wrong.
We also run it a lot as a training run. Mild grades and very little technical footing.

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