Root Creek Trail

EASY 12 reviews
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Root Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

3 days ago

1 month ago

I was scared of bears

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this hike last weekend. It was a great trail to hike with all the members of the family. It was easy and it offered plenty of shade.

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

The official trail ends at a creek with no view of the falls. But you will see a rusted pipe, which is where the "unofficial" trail begins. It's a well worn path, a bit more of a scramble than the rest of the hike but not too bad. About a half mile in you'll be able to get a view of the falls... However when we went in early July there was almost no water visibly flowing which was a big let down. But we did find a small clear pool of water along the way to take a very chilly dip in, which was quite fun and made the hike much more worthwhile. On another positive note, we saw less than 10 people the entire hike.

hiking
5 months ago

10 months ago

No real trail. Just goes up to powelines. A waste of time. No marked trail.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Really pretty, easy trail. The only elevation climb is in first 20mins. It's straight up, but really smooth path. Walking under a canopy of trees almost the whole time, the whole trail. Bring your bug spray.

The only downfall, is this doesn't lead to anything. You go right to the creek, and have to turn right around. Not really enough space to even sit and have lunch or have four people stand at the same time.

The pictures already posted to this trail are not on this trail. I think they kept on the Pacific crest Trail to castle crags to get their shots. I would likely stay on Pacific crest next time, to see a better end game. But, following this map, you turn off to the right to go to root creek.

Like I said, great trail but nowhere to really sit down in the sun and relax.

Otherwise, this has to be one of the easier portions of the Pacific crest Trail.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Gorgeous and easy trail

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nice, easy hike. And they put in a couple bridge/boardwalk areas to get through without getting muddy in the wet season. We went most recently in late May & saw some white orchids. The trail ends at pretty Root Creek.

hiking
Sunday, November 03, 2013