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Prairie Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (7)

A true adventure, this trail leads through gorgeous redwood forests and past stunning coastal streams full of fish.


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Map Key

4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Point to Point

376' 115 m

High

148' 45 m

Low

391' 119 m

Up

163' 50 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly While the kids might not be up for hiking the full trail, you have the option to hike as short or long of an out-and-back fro the visitor center as they can handle.

Description

The Prairie Creek Trail should rank high on any list of great must-dos in Redwood National Park.

Starting at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, follow the trail north as it winds through towering redwoods and past a glassy creek. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for cutthroat trout and steelhead resting their tired muscles in the stream's deep pools.

Midway down the trail, you'll reach a spur for the Corkscrew Tree, a towering behemoth with a set of four intertwined trunks.

On the second half of the trail, expect it to continue in typical form to its terminus at an intersection with Zig Zag No. 2.

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Hunter R

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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  4.4 from 7 votes
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#622

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#7,096

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Elk Prairie.
Dec 16, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
Giants along the Prairie Creek Trail.
Dec 23, 2016 near Westhav…, CA

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Aug 2, 2021
Michael Rodriguez
we'll see
Jul 1, 2021
Valerie Norton
https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2021/07/rhododendron-crea-south-fork-prairie.html
Apr 28, 2020
Valerie Norton
https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2020/04/rhododendron-trail.html
Jan 18, 2020
J Cham
May 20, 2019
Caroline Hartford
Followed from the Big Tree back to the visitor's center. Beautiful easy trail. — 3h 00m
Mar 21, 2019
Greg Redmond
Short hike along beautiful creek amongst Redwoods incl Corkscrew 1.5mi — 0h 45m
Oct 23, 2018
Darrin B
Sep 10, 2018
Logan Shaver