The Bitterlick Trail is a fun hike or ride for a hot summer day. The cycler must wade across the creek at least seven times during the length of the trail and thus is not recommended for young children. In the early spring or late fall when there is high water, alternate methods must be used to ford the creek. Given the steepness of the trail, it is best to cycle the trail south from Access #1 to Access #2 (see directions). Leave a second vehicle at Access #2. Starting on Forest Service road #6640, the trail drops steeply for the first mile down to Bitterlick Creek. From there, the trail follows and crisscrosses Bitterlick Creek. Vegetation is lush along the creek. Old-growth Douglas-fir, sugar pine, and incense-cedar are found here along with dogwood, hazel, big-leaf maple, and vine maple.
Normally Accessible: June through October
High Point: 4,200 Feet (Road 6640)
Low Point: 2,000 Feet (Road 6620-050)
Length: 5.5 Miles
Trail Number: 1079
Directions from Prospect Access #1 (Upper Trailhead):
Travel south on Hwy 62 for 19 miles to the Elk Creek road
Turn right and continue 14 miles to Forest road #66
Turn left and proceed for 4 miles to the end of the pavement
Continue on road #6640 for another 4 miles to the trailhead, located on the left
Access #2 (Lower Trailhead):
Travel south on Hwy 62 for 19 miles to Elk Creek road
Turn right and continue for 13 miles to the junction with road #6620
Turn left and go 1.5 miles to the junction with road #6620-050. This road is not recommended for passenger cars.