China Creek Loop
November 26, 1989
The loop trip including following China Creek, the Valley Trail, the Hobbit Trail to the beach
and north along the coast to the China Creek Trail back to the car starts just inside the
The entire distance is moderate and has no problems with the possible exception of a beaver family
making following the Valley Trail difficult at one point and being sure to be on the beach at
anything but high tide.
The trail starts at the entrance to the campground at a well marked spot and follows China Creek
for several miles.
Returning back part of the way on the China Creek Trail begins the well marked Valley Trail.
The path follows along an old wagon road from early days and comes out on Highway 101 across from
the beginning of the Hobbit Trail.
On the Valley Trail if the beaver has been hard at work, crossing one bridge may be difficult if
The Hobbit Trail, an old Indian trail, goes down the hill to the beach.
Timing is important in walking north on the beach since the tide comes in far enough at high tide
to make it difficult if not dangerous to be there.
An hour after high tide was just fine on this day; we had a leisurely lunch waiting for the water
to stay back.
Close to where China Creek flows into the Pacific is a trail which follows the creek under the
highway and back into the Washburne Campground.
This is a great easy hike with a variety from the coastal hills to the beach.
Hiking were: Maxine Hall, Catherine Jones, B. Manheim, Robin Prentice, Sharon Ritchie,
Allan Sorenson, Margaret Wiese and leader Mary Ellen West.