West Ridge and Prairie Creek Loop

Orick, California 95555

West Ridge and Prairie Creek Loop

West Ridge & Prairie Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This highly scenic loop combines a delightful ridgeline ramble through straight, tall redwoods with the most scenic stretch of the Prairie Creek Trail. After a brief walk through an attractive old-growth grove along Godwood Creek, the trail climbs stiffly up a hillside to the apex of West Ridge and then heads north through serene forest, where you may hear the distant roar of the ocean. The section along Prairie Creek is lined with uncommonly lush flora, perfectly complementing some of its tallest redwoods; the only drawback is intermittent road noise from the nearby parkway."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–5 hours
The trail is open all year, except when winter storms temporarily close Drury Parkway. Although summer is the busiest season, the steep climb up the West Ridge Trail discourages most tourists. However, expect to see plenty of traffic on the Prairie Creek section. Spring, when wildflowers are bloomin
Prairie Creek
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Aug 2018