Trillium Falls Trail

Redwood National Park, California

Distance2.2mi
Elevation Gain1,617ft
Trailhead Elevation56ft
Top314ft
Elevation Min/Max41/314ft
Elevation Start/End56/56ft

Trillium Falls Trail

Trillium Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within Redwood National Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 56 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,617 feet. Along the trail there are benches. Near the end of the trail is a picnic site. This trail connects with the following: Davison Trail.

Trillium Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A shady loop links the bridge overlooking Trillium Falls to Elk Meadow, where odds are good you’ll see a member of the California’s largest herd of Roosevelt elk.

Trillium Falls, a cascade not more than 25 feet high in a redwood-shaded canyon, lies only a half mile from the trailhead, but the loop that winds through the surrounding forest, with views across the valley to the east and brief passage alongside Elk Meadow, is worth following all the way around.

Not the least of the attractions are the Roosevelt elk that frequent the meadow. These giant creatures were once nearly extinct in the state, along with the tule elk found farther south. Conservation efforts have resulted in the return of both subspecies in protected areas of their former ranges. Don’t approach the elk; view from a distance, and take only pictures."

"The lovely Trillium Falls Trail begins at the Elk Meadow Day Use Area, set in a restored clearing where the Arcata Redwood Company once operated a sawmill. The great deal of effort expended in the restoration of the meadow and neighboring wetlands has been well rewarded by an influx of wildlife, most notably the resident elk herd. Consequently, the area is quite popular, especially during the busy summer tourist season. With convenient access from US 101, this relatively new trail past a pretty waterfall and through stately redwood groves has also become a very popular hiking path."

"One of the newest trails in the park, Trillium Falls Trail was finished in 2002 and opens up a whole new stretch of old-growth forest to exploration by eager hikers. Beginning at the Elk Meadows Day Use Area—recently restored from its longtime use as a lumber mill log deck—the trail also skirts the edges of the aptly named Elk Meadow, where dozens of Roosevelt elk can regularly be observed grazing on the soggy grass along the meandering Prairie Creek."

"One of the newest trails in the park, Trillium Falls Trail was finished in 2002 and opens a whole new stretch of old-growth forest to exploration by eager hikers. Beginning at the Elk Meadows Day Use Area—recently restored from its longtime use as a lumber mill log deck—the trail also skirts the edges of the aptly named Elk Meadow, where dozens of Roosevelt elk can regularly be observed grazing on the soggy grass along meandering Prairie Creek. In the late 1850s hosts of eager men showed up to work the gold mines at the base of the nearby Gold Bluffs. One of those men, a young emigrant named Arthur Davidson, soon realized that a better living could be made in the dairy business. By 1890 Davidson was working his own ninety-acre dairy ranch centered around the present-day Elk Meadow Day Use Area. Four generations of the Davidson family continued to work much of this land until 1991, when it was sold to Redwood National Park."

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10/30/2018
There’s much packed into this short loop hike. The trail meanders through a hillside redwood forest. While not spectacular, the gentle tones of Trillium Falls prove soothing. Sun rays slant down among the old growth trees. Take a short side trip to an overlook of Elk Meadow. You just might see Roosevelt Elk, the largest Elk species. I posted more information at hikingthegoldenstate.com
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Trail Information

Redwood National Park
Nearby City
Redwood National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 127011 Newton B. Drury Pkwy., Orick, CA 95555; (707) 465-7335; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Orick CA; park map available at the entrance station or online
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018