Myrtle Creek Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain347 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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David R
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike, well groomed, and quiet except for the beautiful sounds of the creek. We enjoyed the interpretive history lessons and the mining examples.

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Tammy Dwyer
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Stormi Evanow
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Dog friendly! it's always a great hike when I have my dog. a very well maintained path and lots of small waterfalls along the way.

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Julie Tucker
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Beautiful

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Justine Wiley
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HikingGreat!

The trail was easy to stick to and well groomed. It was narrow on the second half of the hike with a steep drop to the creek and several foot bridges that were well maintained.

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Julie Tucker
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Beautiful

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Fakename Realperson
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Walking
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Melissa Rupert
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Rebecca Guinther
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HikingGreat!

Pretty cool trail! Had two beginner adults, 5 yo and 8 yo plus a brand newly adopted dog on a leash. Workout for us (I’m sure not so much for regular hikers hahaha) but was super pretty! In fact, I’d say it was a success! Took the trail on the right at the end to the creek and we all jumped in for a bit! Not swimming size but plenty of water to cool down and worth the trek. Bridges were in great repair, as was trail - couple of narrow/“cliff” spots but nothing scary! Do it! Lol.

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Tony Armstrong
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Cool hike along the creek. No redwoods but still pretty. All bridges were functioning just fine. There are signs describing local flora, and an old mine of some kind. It ends on a lil path down to the water. The trail actually keeps going, but gets much more narrow and technical. Dog friendly!

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RILEY AGUAYO
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Great trail. There was a path at the end that led straight to the creek. No one was on the trail but our group.

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Bonnie Hulkower
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Pretty in and out hike with some interpretative signage and nice foliage.

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Desiree Walters
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This trail was so much fun for the whole family. We loved reading all the informational signs along the way. The path is quite narrow with a steep cliff off to one side, so while it is family friendly I wouldn’t bring toddlers. The trail is fun to walk because of all the roots and rocks, so you have to pay attention to your steps.

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Olivia Tedeschi
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This was such a great hike and it was very easy after the first little hill up. It does narrow in many areas and you have to walk across several foot bridges. But it really is a great time and the botany signs were entertaining as well. Happy hiking!

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Tim Stinson
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The first 100 or so feet are steep and can easily deter you from going forward. After that it flattens out to become a nice little trail.

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Arlene Villeneuve
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One of my favorites. Happy to see the last foot bridge has been repaired. Lovely spot. So easy and beautiful.

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Branden Hensel
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fun little trail. old mining stuff along the way. at the end of the trail a few friends and I hiked up the creek 2 hrs and made it to the myrtle creek waterfall it's an amazing view

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Stacey Pierce
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Perfect stop for a dog to run around

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Lynn Durkee
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This trail is quite steep for the first hundred feet. After that it levels out. In addition to signs describing the plants found along the trail there are also signs describing some old mining stuff. Lots of roots and rocks in the thin trail. Steep cliffs on one side. Not for disobedient children.

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Adrian Horvath
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A neat little trail, suitable for families, though keep an eye on littles ones, steep edges at times. Very interesting botanically and historically with good interpretive signs along the way.

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Leslie MacKeen
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Great short and pretty hike through the woods. Easy to find and great for walking the dogs while in this area as there are not making dog friendly hiking options.

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Jared Heinz
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One of my favorite trails in the area!!! What I like about this trail is that it is a botany trail and a historic trail as it follows a trail used by the gold miners way back when. Be careful hiking this trail in the fall and winter because this trail can get very slippery and is right on a hill, so don't fall or it may hurt. With that said, you will not regret hiking this trail.

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Lindsey Farr
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I hiked this yesterday and it was a great hike. Lots of cool little information stops along the way with a cool history to the trail. I also took my 5 year old son with me, so very kid friendly. He loved it and even got into the creek at the end. Definitely worth the stop.

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Bryan Roos
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Enjoyable short trail. I found the directions from this site to the trailhead accurate to be accurate, park across the road. Mile marker 7.07 is right there on 199, but you can't see it if you're coming from the coast. The parking area is right at Myrtle Creek. Most of the elevation gain of the trail is right at the beginning, and then it runs fairly straight and level, eventually drawing alongside the creek. Some of the interpretive trail markers are missing are otherwise damaged, but some are informative. Number 15 is marked "End" and just past it the trail splits. One runs down to the creek and the other goes on further alongside, quickly becoming more of an advanced trail, less clearly defined with more obstacles. I don't think it goes too much further. On the way back, in between stop 9 and 8 you can see another trail split off to the left and run down in the direction of the creek. Looked like a fairly clear trail, I didn't follow it, but I think it would likely provide access to the creek at another point. Fairly shady throughout. I saw only one tiny flower (in late September) but overall everything was lush and green with a wide variety of plants. Tons of other hikes in the area. This one's a perfect warm up, great to walk early with a big travel mug of coffee.

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Jim Butler
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nice trail , water very low in river.

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Madeline Rose
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good hike to start if you're getting back into trail running.

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Taesandra Collosi
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beautiful high beginners interpretive trail. It ends at a awesome spot by the creek. Nice short hike.

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Jesse Fernandez
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loved this trail! It's an easy hike lots to see and gold mining history and even ends at a creek

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LeAnn McClaflin
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Love this trail. It's short and sweet, filled with wild flowers, small waterfalls and the river.

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Billie-jo Newport
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Beautiful with lots of history and it even ends at the creek.

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