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blue Mill Creek Horse Trail

Trail

6.9 mile 11.1 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,544' 471 m
Descent: -721' -220 m
High: 1,023' 312 m
Low: 181' 55 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A shared, horse and run trail past Howland Hill and Mill Creek.

Zander Göpfert

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

The Mill Creek Horse Trail (East Loop) is closed seasonally from October 15 - May 15 for salmon spawning. Please respect all signage and closures.

Runner Notes

A long route with tough, sustained climbs.

Description

To access this trail, head to the marked trailhead off Bertsch Avenue at the west end of Howland Hill Road.

The trail starts by climbing up Howland Hill, fairly abruptly. As you continue up the ridge and gain more open views of Crescent City and Crescent Beach, look for evidence of past logging activities in this area.

From the top of Howland Hill, continue east as the trail slowly descends toward the north picnic area and ford, just under three miles from the start.

Here the trail bends to the right (south) with an option to cross Mill Creek onto the Mill Creek Horse Trail (East Loop), which is closed seasonally for salmon spawning. Please respect all signage and closures.

Continue south on this trail for another mile to the southern picnic area at just over four miles from the start. Here, the trail bends to the right again (west) and begins its sustained climb toward the Mill Creek Vista Picnic Area and the end of the trail near the Rellim Ridge Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Red alder and redwood forest.

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Mar 26, 2019
Bob Durie
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Mar 10, 2019
Jake Ramsby

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