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West Ridge Trail to Prairie Creek Trail Loop

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

West Ridge Trail to Prairie Creek Trail Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orick, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
bridge out
5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail, awesome trees. Did the loop and side tracked to the big tree.

Mon May 27 2019

une des plus belles forêts que j'ai pu voir de ma vie. les sequoias sont vraiment imposant, les fougères d'un vert magnifique. un enchantement

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

Great trail. Lots of very big redwood, fir and spruce trees. Some steep climbs but worth it.

hiking
Fri Jul 06 2018

Beautiful trail, especially after initial ascent is done. Saw traces of bear and blooming rhododendrons. And absolutely no people! Some parts we very narrow with high grass and bushes on the sides, long sleeve is recommended.

hiking
Fri Feb 16 2018

excellent view once the initial ascent is done.

Fri Oct 20 2017

Excellent hike. Saw elk about 20 ft away from the trails edge. Footing can be a bit tricky at times. Amazing to be amping the Giants!

Tue Apr 04 2017

Solitude among incredible old growth Redwoods. The trail was wide and easy to follow making it easy to look out at the amazing beauty all around you.

hiking
Fri Dec 30 2016

West Ridge and Zigzag are awesome trails. West Ridge is definitely one of the best in the park...the trees and sunlight filtering in are awesome. Prairie Creek however is not... my least favorite so far in the park along with Streetlow. The creek itself is pretty but the trail isn't. West Ridge is one I'll do again for certain and highly recommend. It's gorgeous because you get more sun because of the western exposure...

hiking
Fri Jun 24 2011

This was one of the best hikes into the old growth that we did. We hiked from the Prairie Creek Visitors Center up West Ridge trail to Zig Zag 2 and looped back on Prairie Creek Trail (about 10 miles overall) and West Ridge Trail was by far the highlight of the trip. The trail goes through new growth deep into the old growth redwoods and was well worth it. It's not to often you get to look down on redwoods but you could on this trail. Trail was in great shape and was nothing short of spectacular. We took a little longer than some would as we stopped and took lots of pictures.

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Sat Apr 06 2019

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Sat Aug 04 2018

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Sat Jun 23 2018

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Mon Jun 26 2017