Prairie Creek Trail

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California

Elevation Gain951ft
Trailhead Elevation148ft
Elevation Min/Max147/387ft
Elevation Start/End148/148ft

Prairie Creek Trail

Prairie Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Murrelet State Wilderness. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 148 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 951 feet. The Elk Prairie Visitor Center information office is near the trailhead. There are also parkings, an information board, restrooms, a telephone, and an information map. This trail connects with the following: Zigzag Trail 2, Redwood Access Trail, Elk Prairie Trail, Nature Trail and Zigzag Trail 1.

Prairie Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"In the opinion of many, Prairie Creek Redwoods is the finest grove of redwoods in existence. At one time, US 101 passed right through the heart of the grove, but has now been routed around it via a freeway. The former US 101 is now known as the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Close to the southern border of the park is a beautiful large meadow known as Elk Prairie. Usually, a herd of Roosevelt elk can be seen grazing here. Specialty birds: Resident—Marbled Murrelet, Spotted and Barred Owls, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Dipper, Varied Thrush. Summer—Band-tailed Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Hermit Warbler. Winter—Townsend’s Warbler. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"The only legal mountain bike route in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this lovely circuit begins on pavement but soon takes you into tall trees, through coastal prairies, past herds of Roosevelt elk, along pristine Gold Bluffs Beach and through second-growth forest. If that's not enough, you have several stream crossings, short sections of sand, and a few logs and rocks for a bit of a technical challenge. This is probably the most enjoyable mountain biking in the redwood parks."

"This 14,000-acre park has been off-limits to logging since the early 1920s. It was designated a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Preserve, in 1980 and 1983, respectively. The park is home to some of the world’s tallest trees, most of which can be accessed through the park’s 70-mile network of trails. Save-the-Redwoods League played a key role in preserving the park. Today, you will find more than 280 memorial groves scattered around the park funded by donations to the organization. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: South Gold Bluffs Beach Falls, Gold Dust Falls, North Gold Bluffs Beach Falls, Fern Canyon Falls, and John Baldwin Falls."

Prairie Creek Trail Reviews

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Got lost 😂👍🏼
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There’s nothing in the world like a old-growth redwood forest. Massive tree trunks tower more than 300 ft. & create a cathedral. The ancient, hushed groves bring down a peg our fragile existence. Listen for the quiet bell-tones of Prairie Creek. Posted a video at & added a blog post at
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Great trails amazingly beautiful unreal scenery. Ocean, Redwoods, and great single track and dual track. This ride is fun but the trails are not maintained very well and a lot of it is on roads. But it is fun I recommend shuttling this one start at the north part of the park and park your car at the ranger station. That way you get the best part of the single track on the downhill!!
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Amazingly unique redwood scenery. Like nothing you'll find in the redwoods forest further south (Santa Cruz)

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Trail Information

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Nearby City
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park Visitor Information Center (707) 464-6101
Local Contacts
USGS Orick
Local Maps

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Oct 2018