Myrtle Creek Trail

Gasquet, California

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Lying at the boundary of two distinct soil types and positioned halfway between the cool coastal zone and the warmer interior forest, the Myrtle Creek Botanical Area has received one of four special botanical designations within the Smith River Watershed. While the botanical area contains nearly 2,000 acres and ranges in elevation between 200 and 1,400 feet, the Myrtle Creek Trail is a 1-mile romp through the lower elevations above the namesake creek. The trail packs a lot of interest and diversity, including second-growth redwood forest and mixed evergreen forest, into a small package. Interpretive signs provide extensive insights into the human and natural history of this unique environment.
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast

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Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Lying at the boundary of two distinct soil types and positioned halfway between the cool coastal zone and the warmer interior forest, the Myrtle Creek Botanical Area has received one of four special botanical designations within the Smith River Watershed. While the botanical area contains nearly 2,000 acres and ranges in elevation between 200 and 1,400 feet, the Myrtle Creek Trail is a 1-mile romp through the lower elevations above the namesake creek. The trail packs a lot of interest and diversity, including second-growth redwood forest and mixed evergreen forest, into a small package. Interpretive signs provide extensive insights into the human and natural history of this unique environment.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Gasquet
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1–2 hours
Season: Its biologic diversity and low elevation makes the mile-long trek along Myrtle Creek suitable for any time of year, although late spring provides the added bonus of blooming rhododendrons and trailside wildflowers.
Local Contacts: Jedediah Smith Redwoods
Topo Map: Myrtle Creek Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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