This route offers excellent examples of old-growth conifer forest and mature riparian forest. After a very short section in Prairie Creek valley, it rises gradually along the spine of West Ridge, then drops abruptly back to Prairie Creek. The latter half of the hike follows the creek and is essentially level. Two small stream crossings at the north end could be problematic during heavy rains.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: email@example.com, 707-488-2171