Damnation Creek

Eureka, California 95501

Damnation Creek

Damnation Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Damnation Creek flows a scant 2 miles to the sea, yet slices a gorge more than 1,000 feet deep and preserves an isolated, undisturbed old-growth forest within its sheltered walls. Its mouth provides the only coastal access point for 3 miles in either direction, a remote and rugged slice of the North Coast."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Easy Day Hikes: Redwood National and State Parks (Falcon Guides)
Dan Brett
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"This hike follows a steep but very scenic trail, which offers the best of old-growth redwoods and rugged coastline. In spring the trail is sprinkled with a variety of wildflowers—most notably the distinctive three-leafed trillium, a showy native flower with white and pink blossoms. The trail ends at a beach next to a small, natural rock arch, carved by waves. Excellent tide pools can be explored at low tide. The upper portion of this hike follows roughly in the footsteps of northwest California’s patron pioneer, Jedediah Smith—one of the most famous nineteenth-century mountain men. In 1827 the thirty-year-old Smith made his way up the Sacramento Valley, cutting west along the Trinity River to its confluence with the Klamath, and on downstream to the ocean. Smith and his party headed north from the mouth of the Klamath along the coast, reaching the Damnation Creek area in early June 1828.The difficulties of traveling with large pack animals in Redwood Country were daunting, to say the least. Once you see the jumbles of giant logs and dense vegetation that cover the forest floor here, you’ll understand why. The journey was so difficult that the expedition sometimes managed to travel less than 2 miles a day!" Read more
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"The relatively short Damnation Creek Trail offers visitors a diverse sampling of beautiful coastal scenery. The route begins in an impressive stand of stately old-growth redwood forest, diminished in magnificence only by the sound of passing cars on US 101. After a stroll through the tall trees, the trail starts an uninterrupted descent to the coast, passing through serene redwood and then spruce forest. A steep descent along verdant Damnation Creek leads the final distance to a rugged, rocky cove at the ocean’s edge. Hikers must save plenty of energy for the mostly uphill return trip." Read more

Damnation Creek Reviews

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This is not an "easy" trail despite what it says. It's about 1000 ft drop and then you get to climb out again. Beautiful. Worth it. Just be ready to burn some calories. The rocky beach was so-so.
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Quite the rain storm came through during our hike, the trail got a little muddy in areas, and there were some slippery areas.
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Good trail, 1 redwood downfall to climb over and several partially washed out sections near the bottom, but not dangerous.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Local Contacts
Redwood National and State Parks: North by Redwood Hikes Press, USGS 7.5-min. Sister Rocks and Childs Hill
Local Maps

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Dec 2018