Redwoods Reborn - Fall Creek is a 8.5 mile loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length8.5 miElevation gain1,702 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRunningForestRiverNo dogs
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This trail is a great way to explore the Fall Creek Unit on the Fall Creek Trail. Hike past such monuments as the Big Ben Tree and the Barrel Mill Area. The Fell Creek offers beautiful redwood forests and a chance to get away from the crowds. Signs can be poorly marked, so users recommend downloading the offline maps ahead of time. Take the Big Ben Trail to the Fell Creek Trail and return via the Lost Empire Trail. For more information, see the park website here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546

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Elise Neuweiler
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Sparky Harlan
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All trails in Fall Creek are closed until further notice. Check Henry Cowell State Park for details. This upper entrance is blocked due to surrounding homes being destroyed by CZU Complex fires. Please stay out. Trees are still smoldering in park and trees are down.

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Winson Lobo
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road to the trail is closed after the Lightning Complex fires. might be temporary, but couldn't get to the trailhead as the park road is blocked off. the devastation from the fires looks like a war zone

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Michael E
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Died a little

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manali maru
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Beautiful trail but as others have mentioned, easy to get lost so have the GPS on!

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Mary Ner
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JL Tapia
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Pretty dope trail! Finding parking was kind of confusing but managed to park on the side of the road! Managed to go off route and see some awesome views

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Sid Anderson
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Beautiful hike, not very many people on the trail. When you get to the kilns, it definitely gets a little crowed. A few hikes merge at that area, but once you get passed it, back to peace and quiet.

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jehnjehn03 .
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Beautiful trail with plenty of shade. It’s easy to get lost though due to the lack of trail markers. I suggest downloading the map from the app or record your hike with the app.

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Marcus Arista
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great trail had a great time, it is easy to get lost so make sure you have your phone or some sort of GPS. enjoy the woods!

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Erin Sumpthing
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Solid loop. Took it counterclockwise as recommended. The beginning is a lot of downhill and the end is quite a hill. It’s beautiful time in the woods! A couple of downed trees but nothing you can’t climb over. There’s a few spots that are tricky to find the turns onto new trails, but if you download the map and follow it, it’s not too bad!

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Ansley Browning
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Fun but ultimately more tiring than I expected! Beautiful views and trees. I really loved it definitely if I was more experienced/more in shape it would have been more enjoyable

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Santosh Tatipamula
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Nice little hike in Santa Cruz.

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Jwalin Joshi
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Nice place to get lost in the woods, good shade and foliage. No views though

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Stephen Tyler
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Great trail with a fair amount of elevation change (loss and gain). A section was currently blocked so we jumped onto another trail to go around. Overall, very enjoyable!

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ewa ulatowska
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Beautiful hike.. about half of the trail moves along a beautiful fern grove and stream. Great for trail running .

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A Ham
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Started from the Empire Grade entrance and went clockwise: started with Big Ben tree and then lots of down through shaded wood, easy trail. Some washed out spots, but easy to navigate around with felled trees. Intense up for the last third of the loop. Great trail with good sites (barrel site, old lime kiln)

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Quin Pompi
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Amazing hike through redwood stands that takes you into a deep gorge to follow a small stream for awhile. Great workout for those looking to burn the legs on the way back. Couple of things to note: the whole hike ended up recording just over 9.5 miles, so beware of the app underselling the total distance. Also, on the entry to the trail there is a sign that part of the trail is out due to a blowdown. You can disregard as there has been an alternative path forged to the side that you can use. Enjoy

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Ben Shebly
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Good trail. Relatively simple with some cool lime kiln stopping points. First half is kind of a bore, but once you get to the streams it’s pretty neat.

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Navid Mehregani
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Steep climb on the way back. And the total trail is 10miles

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Jim Atkins
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magnificent. challenging, beautiful and so peaceful

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Darin Hagre
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Made this hike in about three hours. The entirety of this trail is a forest, and there are numerous large Redwoods throughout. Other than a couple of places, the trail is pretty clearly delineated the entire way, though there has been some blowdowns and slides, particularly along the trail as the parallels Fall Creek.

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Navid Mehregani
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Beautiful hike along creek.

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Jason Campbell
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Amelia Carson-Crye
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Serious uphill climb on the way back! A great workout, beautiful trail

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Ally Grierson
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Connects to the Big Ben loop without needing to pay and removes about 4 miles

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Denise Franklin
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I’ve been exploring the trails up around fall creek for about a year. I come 2 to 3 times a week. It’s enchanting and beautiful.

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Cody Littlefield
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I just moved up here from San Diego (lived in Alaska before that) and I am so happy to have found such great hiking. This trail, and really this entire area is great. Plenty of options for long or short hikes. Some areas are a bit treacherous for less skilled folks, but over all I thought this trail was accurately rated as moderate. This start point is also way less crowded than the southern parking lot.

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