SITE 25
MYRTLE CREEK TRAIL

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 4.3 miles, go east on Highway 199 6.7 miles to trailhead, on left just before bridge at South Fork Road. Park in lot on right before bridge, be careful crossing road to trailhead.

Amenities:

hiking restrooms lodging food gas

Sponsor:
 Six Rivers National Forest, Smith River National Recreation Area
 
Description:
This botanical area has historical significance and is signed for plants and other features. The one-mile trail parallels a gold mining ditch and a decaying redwood water flume built by gold miners in the mid to late 1800s. The serpentine soil hosts some of the area’s rich botanical species. Lush thick vegetation, redwoods, and wildflowers are found along the way. May and June are good months to experience the fragrant Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidental) and the pink Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum). Along the trail look for a Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica) seep with a few tiny Lady Slippers nestled among the hooded insectivorous plants. Both Ruffed Grouse and Spotted Owl have been seen and/or heard here. The end of the trail accesses Mrytle Creek and a lovely rocky waterfall favored by American Dipper.
 
myrtle creek trail
 
Return to top