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We hiked this trail on Thanksgiving Day. It's an easy to moderate hike, with beautiful, striking scenery. It took us just about three hours, with quite a bit of picture taking on the way in, and a pretty good pace coming out.

walking
8 days ago

Amazing beach walk; really nice! Easy access off Hwy 101, a paved parking area with restrooms, trash and recycling receptacles and a few picnic tables, some of which were "accessible"...We found it to be our favorite beach in the Crescent City area; the sand was immaculate, sand dollars were prevalent, interesting driftwood was plentiful...the ocean view, the breeze, the sun, the waves; it was all perfect today!

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome trail!!!!
maybe bring a bear bell, on the way back out saw a black bear coming at us on the trail.
But all of it is beautiful, even the bear

hiking
13 days ago

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.

on Hiouchi Trail

26 days ago

Good trail. Exposed roots in sections, but otherwise well maintained. Nice views of the river along the way. Very peaceful once you leave the road. Saw schools of salmon in the river below.

beautiful trail, immerses you right in the middle of the Redwood forest. Lots of roots on the trail, but I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning trail...don't miss this one! The forest here was not dense, so the Redwoods clearly are the star. Really stunning. My heart is longing to go back. Like the other reviews, this moderate trail was on the easy side. It shows 875 ft elevation gain but I didn’t really feel it as it was gradual. Stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike years ago and is still one of my all time favorite hikes. Quite easy, but spent a couple hours meandering and looking at the trees

1 month ago

Nice trail through evergreen forests and stunted serpentine forest. I love the diversity of plant life in the area and the wild feel of these woods and mountains. Though I’d say the Craigs Creek trail is a little more interesting and has better views of the river, this trail has very little poison oak and some cool Port Orford Cedars and Jeffery Pine. The elevation gain is a good warm up - the descent to Rock Creek is very gradual. The trail is a little overgrown but not too bad. Good half day hike in a beautiful river canyon.

1 month ago

Truly an awesome and invigorating hike! My favorite in the redwoods. The trailhead is very hard to find (see photo). It’s right before the bridge tucked slightly back from the road. This out and back trail took us around 1h30 to complete. Majestic redwoods ending in a scenic view of the riverbed. Not one to miss!

hiking
1 month ago

A very nice introduction to the Coastal Redwoods- we combined this hike with Walker Road/ cycling some of the way. Just magnificent trees and Smith River is gorgeous. Didn’t see salmon in Mill Creek but it was hard to get close to the creek. We had a drizzly day but still very nice. Can’t wait to see more Redwoods and then Sequoias. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, thank you to the hiker that placed the rocks in the trail to give notice to the shape turn on the trail, I probably would have kept going forward. Some old equipment right before you reach Craig's Creek, curious what it was used for.

Very easy first half and the hills kick in during the second half of the hike. Took me 5 hours at a leisurely to moderate pace with stops for snacks. There’s also cell reception.

on Mill Creek Trail

2 months ago

Really beautiful hike alongside the Mill River through so. many. trees! Maple, redwoods, Douglas fir...a tree haven. This trail is probably my all time favorite and will definitely continue hiking this trail every year.

Awesome for family spent a long time here, great meander through the woods. Snuck down to the river- lots of surface action. Grabbing rod.

Great view fog moves in pretty quickly.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning and indescribable are the incredible old growth redwoods on this trail. Initially we wondered why this trail was labeled "moderate" instead of "easy". but, after a few miles of walking over rain forest type roots along the trail, your tootsies get quite a workout! It is a challenge photographing a redwood so it is good to hike with someone to add scale to your photos. I dream of going back again soon!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. This is the kind where you feel you got a whole day out of a trail, as we sent 5 hours hiking, photos, and exploring little outcrops. At just over 5 miles if continue past the BS tree and search of that little extra before turning back. Plenty of elevation change plus only came across maybe 30 other people the entire time.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short trail with a spectacular payoff when you get to the end and the Stout Memorial Grove Loop Trail which runs around the grove. There are some great redwood trees on the River Trail, and then Stout Grove itself is simply amazing. Coordinates took me quite close to the trailhead, which is also the trailhead for Little Bald Hills Trail. You can connect to Hiouchi Trail from the Stout Grove Loop and hike to the trailhead, sort of doing the hike in reverse. There is tons of great hiking in this area in addition to the few trails here. This is certainly a hike worth doing.

This is a fantastic trail! There are hundreds of absolutely giant redwood trees throughout the entire hike. Every step of the way is photogenic. I had to force myself to stop taking pictures so I could actually keep moving along the trail. The coordinates from AllTrails took me right to the trailhead. There's plenty of parking along the road in both directions. There's actually a third trail in the mix to consider and that is called Leiffer Trail. It runs parallel to the road and connects two different points of Leiffer Loop. It's actually necessary to take this trail to complete the loop, unless you want to walk back to your car along the dirt road, which would certainly be pleasant enough. I've uploaded a picture of a portion of the official Jedediah Smith State Park Map. You can see the connecting trail, and though it's not named on the map, the signs on the trail refer to it as Leiffer Trail. As for the Ellsworth Loop, it has a short lead-in trail and then you can go around it either way and then back out that same lead-in trail to rejoin the Leiffer Loop. The Ellsworth Loop is spectacular and would make a great hike in itself. There are tons of benches throughout all the trails so this would be a great hike to bring a picnic or a book or anything else you like sitting and doing, possibly make a day or half-day of it. I went on a weekday afternoon after Labor Day and I only saw one other party. I think the best time to go would be late morning to early afternoon. Due to the height of the trees and the density of the canopy it is quite dark. I went mid-afternoon and wished I had gone a bit earlier.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

I need to find out why this trail is called the Boy Scout Trail.

This is a fantastic easy trail in the Jedediah Smith Redwood Forest.
The trailhead is located on the Howland Hill road. The easiest way to locate this road is to locate the Elk Valley Casino on your navigation system. It is on Howland Hill about 1/2 mile from the entrance to the park. Howland Hill starts out as a 2 lane asphalt road and narrows to a one lane asphalt road. At the entrance to the forest, the road turns to gravel. As many have mentioned, it is gravel and weaves between massive trees. There are many pull outs to pass oncoming cars but DO NOT get in a hurry. From the Jediadiah Smith Forest sign to the trailhead is exactly 2.5 miles. It is well marked and the first trail head with many parking areas
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The trail rises 480 feet as you wind thru a grove of massive trees. Several trees are pushing 12 feet or better in diameter. Take time and note the small trees growing on top of old ancients that have fallen. Note several trees with lightning damage. The area is lush with fern, some standing 6 feet tall. Notethe moss handing from many trees. Note the different colors and textures in the bark. The grey ones are oldest. You absolutely cannot understand the majesty of redwoods without getting back in the woods with them. They will humble you. Many of this grove stood when Christ walked the earth. Just imagine.

The trail drops over the rise down to a small waterfall. It is running but not much but has a wonderful little sound echoing thru the woods. Stop, sit down, listen and reflect what is about you. You then will climb back up 480 feet to cross the rise. So the actual elevation change for the trail is 960 feet. But it is very easy. It all dirt with some root exposures.


The trail is 5.7 miles long and took us hours just because we took time to absorb the experience.
Enjoy

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is part of the Smith River Alliance and was a pleasure to hike. It drops down to the river and then climbs back out. The bottom 1/3 needs some volunteers with a chainsaw and some loppers badly... There was quite a few trees down to go over or through. I think it was the slowest hike I've ever done. The payoff on the end is peaceful and beautiful. There was also some poison oak along the way.

Beautiful hike and one of our favorites! The drive to it was a bit dicey in a big truck. Great trees!

This was definitely our favorite hike in the Redwoods. It’s rated moderate but was actually pretty easy. There are lots of roots on the trail though, so wear good shoes. The trees are MASSIVE and Boy Scout Tree is just remarkable. The drive in is gorgeous too as you get huge redwoods right next to the road.

3 months ago

The trail is well travelled. High winds and fog made this hike less than stellar. Gorgeous views

We loved visiting the light house and made it just in time for a tour at the end of low tide. The volunteers who work the shop are very firm on tide schedule and will ensure all visitors are off the island the moment the tide starts coming in.
Met some really incredible locals who said visiting even when the shop is closed to see the buoy tree in memory of crescent city individuals who have been lost at sea is a common practice.

We spent far longer than expected here! It was a very popular trail. Totally flat after a small paved incline to parking lot. We explored lots of small off shoot trails that were less travelled but still well kept.
Drive in is a single lane gravel road but has lots of turn outs for passing safely.

3 months ago

Absolutely stunning. This trail is rated as moderate, but felt easier than other moderately rated trails because it does not have a lot of elevation gain. However, it does have a lot of roots so you do need to watch your step. The first two miles were my favorite. You're walking through lush ferns and redwood groves. It's just unreal. The trail veers off to the right with a sign pointing toward a steep incline to the Boy Scout tree. The falls beyond the Boy Scout tree was just there. Nothing special.

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