“A short trail with interpretive signs through the Myrtle Creek Botanical Area.”
— Tilman Giese
River/Creek · Wildflowers
This trail follows a water diversion ditch used for a hydraulic gold mining operation started in 1894. From the parking area, cross the road and ascend very quickly through a lush second-growth forest. There are 15 interpretive signs along the trail explaining the history of the area as well as its diverse flora. If you look carefully, you can still spot some of the old mining equipment and ruins. The trail ends where it meets Myrtle Creek.
Flora & Fauna
Myrtle Creek is at the intersection of the coastal forest community, with its redwoods and ferns, and the interior region dominated by pine. The flora along the trail is very diverse.