Myrtle Creek Trail

Smith River National Recreation Area
Located 7.6 miles from Crescent City, California (CA)
4 Stars
2,335 Steps 1  (1.1 mi)

The Myrtle Creek Trail 1E01 (Myrtle Creek Interpretive Trail) was designated as a Botanical Area to protect its unique environmental features. It is also a site of historical interest because of its mining history. The trail follows a mile-long mining ditch known as the Myrtle Creek Mining Ditch, which was determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Along the trail there are 15 signposts with information interpreting the natural and cultural environment. The trail ends in riparian woodland surrounding a creek bed. The trailhead is marked with a clear signpost on California's highway 199, near the South Fork Road junction, as pictured below. (South Fork Road is also known as the Howland Hill Scenic Drive to Stout Grove.)

Myrtle Creek TrailMyrtle Creek Mining DitchMyrtle Creek Trail

This is a dog friendly trail! Please keep in mind, historical artifacts are protected under federal law and collecting is prohibited.


The Myrtle Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 347 ft (106 m), a minimum elevation of 195 ft (60 m), and an elevation range of 152 ft (46 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,3351.1 mi195 ft347 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
30 min12.6151 ft18 ft
[ B to A ]
27 min1.518 ft151 ft

What is the length of the Myrtle Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) or 2,335 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Myrtle Creek Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 30 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 27 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Myrtle Creek Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Smith River National Recreation Area topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Smith River, CA
  2. North Topo Map: High Divide, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: High Plateau Mountain, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Crescent City, CA
  5. Topo Map: Hiouchi, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Gasquet, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Sister Rocks, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Childs Hill, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Canthook Mountain, CA

Is there a Myrtle Creek trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Myrtle Creek Trail is located on the Hiouchi topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.