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Prairie Creek Redwoods Big Loop

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Prairie Creek Redwoods Big Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orick, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

11 months ago

A little overgrown with fern in some sections. Pretty level ground the whole time, small ups and downs, nice bridges crossing the creeks. This can definitely be a good work out at a quick pace, but I saw many families with small children and elderly participating in some or even all of the trail. You have huge redwoods, gullies, creek— has basically everything to see in one go! Its not particularly challenging hike, so for those of you with trekking poles, look elsewhere.

Fri Sep 21 2018

There’s nothing in the world like a old-growth redwood forest. Massive tree trunks tower more than 300 ft. & create a cathedral. The ancient, hushed groves bring down a peg our fragile existence. Listen for the quiet bell-tones of Prairie Creek. Posted a video at & added a blog post at

Fri Mar 23 2018

Very fun not hard to find.

Mon Mar 05 2018

Picked up the trail along the road, took it south and then met up with big tree. Great hike!

Sat Oct 21 2017

Easy walked big plenty of groves of the massive giants that you have come to this park for. Footing is easy going and a welcome change when done as the back half or westridge.

Fri Dec 30 2016

I like Big Trees, especially Rhody and Foothill is ok but Prairie Creek Trail for me is the parks worst. I will only be on it when I need to use it as a connector to other trails close by.

Tue Aug 09 2016

Nice easy trail that parallels the parkway so there is occasional car noise. There are several other entrances and passes the Big Tree. Can be part of several loop hikes.

3 months ago

8 months ago