Prairie Creek

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

A fun adventure ride with sectors of gravel / dirt road, easy single track and pavement. The route is exclusively within the boundaries of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Redwoods National Park. Of course, you will see big, big Redwoods but you will also ride along some beautiful and historic coastline and through two meadows. This is a not to miss route if you are in the area.

Ride Details

The ride starts at the Visitor Center, skirts along a campground, and then dumps you into Davison trail. A wide double track trail that follows the route of a retired logging road that originally was used to access a lumber mill and log deck. It is flat and fast, but hold you speed in check as it is a multi-use trail with hikers and walkers. To your left will be the open meadows frequented by Roosevelt elk.

At 1.5 miles, go right onto the Streelow trail. This is a true single track trail through second growth timber. It is less frequented by walkers and hikers. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Dumbbell: 36 miles / 2800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 20% single track, 45% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Northern California (Crescent City)
– Published: August 2014 (updated March 2020)

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to the some single track and one steep climb.

When we like to ride this …

Late spring through early fall, on a sunny day. This ride is a “no go” in wet conditions.

The Start

Prairie Creek Redwoods State park visitor center. Flush toilets. Water.
Lat / Long:  41.363913, -124.022734

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track

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