South Fork Ross Creek Trail
The South Fork Ross Creek Trail is a pleasant trail that explores an enchanting grove occupied by ancient giant red cedars. Traveling through the Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area, hikers can learn all about the ecology and history of the unique environment before discovering a hidden waterfall.
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Route Description for South Fork Ross Creek Trail
Immerse yourself in a magical forest reminiscent of the coastal redwood grove in the west. The South Fork Ross Creek Trail is a pleasant hike that the whole family can enjoy—no matter the season. Wandering beneath the cedar and moss canopy through the interpretive area before escaping the crowds and heading further into the wilderness along Ross Creek. As this area is quite popular amongst weekend day-trippers, you can expect some company. Those seeking a more secluded experience should head out in the early morning. Note there are creek fords on this trek, so expect to get your feet wet.
Setting out from the trailhead, your adventure begins by following the Ross Creek Nature Trail west into the lush grove. Soon after your departure, you will encounter an intersection; keep right, hiking through the corridor of towering red cedars. Make sure to take the time to read the interpretive signs that line the path. After some hiking, you will diverge off the nature trail and onto the Ross Creek Trail. This segment of the hike is more primitive and rugged, so mind your footing on obstacles that impede the path. After crossing a few creeks, the path will reroute you south, climbing up to the waterfall.
Admire the charm of the chute that tumbles down the rockface from the South Fork Ross Creek. Then, when you are through reveling in the mesmerizing scene, head back along the route the way you came, all the way to the trailhead.
Getting to the South Fork Ross Creek Trail Trailhead
Access this hike from the Ross Creek Nature Trailhead off National Forest Development Road 398.
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