Mill Creek Trail

Crescent City, CA
Length: 5.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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This gorgeous trail leads you through an old-growth redwood forest, past Mill Creek. It is an ideal trail for wildlife viewing, fishing, berry collecting, and of course, admiring the incredible redwoods. Along this trail, you’ll get views of Sacagawea and Chesty Puller, two notably large coast redwoods in the Grove of Titans.

After weaving through the forest, you’ll come to Mill Creek. The trail that runs alongside it can get overgrown at times but is gravel lined for identification. You’ll see Stout Grove on the other side of the creek. This is an out-and-back trail so you can modify the distance based on skill level.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 250 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Shaded Hike, Tree Climbing, and Wildlife Viewing

Berry picking (one gallon per person per day)
Trail gets muddy during the fall/winter
Watch for erosion
Please stay on main trails- the base of the trees is fragile

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The trailhead is just off of Howland Hill Road with parking available in any of the turnouts.

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Being outside is how I re-charge. It gives me perspective, fills me with gratitude and provides an opportunity to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life. I am fortunate to share this passion with my amazing husband and our son.  I was born and raised in the PNW but I love exploring any area I can get to. One of my favorite things about Hike it Baby is that I have a built in community of friends to provide trail suggestions anywhere we go.


Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

From Hiouchi Information center on US-199, turn left (northwest).  Follow for approximately 2 miles before turning right onto South Fork Rd. After a half mile, turn right onto Douglas Park Dr. Follow that for a little over a mile before continuing straight onto Howland Hill Rd. The trailhead will be approximately 2.5 miles down.