Hunter Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,175' 358 m
Descent: -1,174' -358 m
High: 6,138' 1,871 m
Low: 4,984' 1,519 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“An out-and-back, mostly sun-exposed, path along Hunter Creek, featuring a waterfall.”— ambernikel Mackey
Features River/Creek · Waterfall
Need to Know
From here, start moving uphill, to a sun-exposed singletrack path with a rare tree for shade. Take this mostly uphill ridge line loosely following Hunter Creek for 2 miles.
There are several areas of talus or fallen rock to navigate, but they are mostly flat and fairly wide. There is one area of larger rocks to scramble for a step or two, but it is short and easy.
Around 2.5 miles, you'll slightly dip into the tree line. This is shady with a nice soft tread to travel over and is still mostly uphill. There are a few false trails, but it is pretty obvious because the main trail is well-trodden.
A second creek crossing (using logs) is located near the waterfall turning point. The creek is very shallow and easy to cross without a lot of skill but if the water is high, you might have to balance on the larger logs.
The end features a waterfall with large fallen trees to sit and rest. It is worth going to this turning point! Now just head back the way you came. The return is mostly downhill and quick.
Note: there are a lot of dogs off leash on this trail (which I personally enjoy). So if you're not a fan of dogs, this might not be the best trail for you, but if you do love furry friends, it's a great place to take your dog for a bit of exercise.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - Humboldt & Toiyabe National Forests Office