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Kelsey Trail (Scott River Rd-Paradise Lake)

Length: 8.40 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: At SW edge of Smith River NRA, c. 20 mi. SW of Crescent City.

State(s): California
Counties: Siskiyou
Longitude: -123.96819
Latitude: 41.72499

Driving Directions

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Starting at an elevation of 2380 feet, this trail gradually climbs as it follows the northern side of Kelsey creek. The topography and scenery change rapidly as the trail winds above deep pools and repeated low falls on the creek. Visitors are treated to Maple Falls, a prominent cascade, oak Madrone flats giving way to pine and fir forested slopes and sweeping views of the massive King's Castle marble formation.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 6%
Maximum Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 2,380
Elevation High Point: 6,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Sandy Ratliff
Klamath National Forest
11263 N Hwy. 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032 [email protected]



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