From the high vantage points along the Craig's Creek Trail in the Six Rivers National Forest in far northern California, rich green branches stretch across your view and frame the rolling river beyond. Mountains fold over one another into the distance as far as you can see. The river whooshes and hisses, creeks gurgling over fern-laden stones on their way to meet it. All the water has carved this peaceful canyon into a perfect place for you and your pup to come get away from it all.
To get here, follow U. S. Route 199 (Redwood Highway) northeast from Crescent City or southwest from Oregon to Route 427 (South Fork Road). You'll find the trailhead just half a mile down the road. There isn't a formal parking lot or toilets at the trailhead, just some gravel pull-outs. However, there are toilets and parking at the Forks River Access boat launch area just a few hundred feet north on South Fork Road.
This is a
secluded and wild place, but it's also rich with human history. In the
1800s, gold and platinum miners and their horses (and dogs) ambled along
this river trail in hopes of finding treasure. Did they notice the
treasure all around them? You'll begin your hike where the air is thick with the
scents of Douglas fir, redwood, tan oak, and knob cone pine. As you
continue, you'll descend through live oak and alder. Rhododendron and
other wildflowers burst into bloom in the summer.
shaded hike is perfect on hot summer days. Near the trail's end, you'll
be reminded again of the people who once trod here: a derelict donkey
engine has sat here for over a century. The trail ends at a swimming hole where you and your pup can
take a quick splash or spend the rest of the afternoon getting
You'll head home from your hike knowing you and your pup found treasure here that you'll keep in your heart always.