Prairie Creek Trail

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California

Distance3.7mi
Elevation Gain951ft
Trailhead Elevation148ft
Top387ft
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.

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Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Matt & Krissi Danielsson
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"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." Read more

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10/11/2018
Got lost 😂👍🏼
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9/21/2018
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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3/20/2010
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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7/19/2008
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
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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Redwood National Park Visitor Information Center (707) 464-6101
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Dec 2018