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South Kelsey Trail

photo: South Kelsey No 4E06 trail marker. Photo by Rob DiPerna.

Length: 17.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Six Rivers National Forest
State(s): California
Counties: Del Norte
Longitude: -123.864
Latitude: 41.65422

Driving Directions

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The South Kelsey Trail accesses the Wild and Scenic and Awesome South Fork of the Smith River and the Siskiyou Wilderness. The trail follows the river for seven miles and then begins it ascent to the Siskiyou Wilderness High Country and eventually connects to the Klamath National Forest. The high country visitor is rewarded with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean, the rugged Siskiyou and Marble Mountains and Mount Shasta, all this with low visitor use and lots of solitude.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 7%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 1,040
Elevation High Point: 5,775
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

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:
Kurt Werner
Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 441-3633
[email protected]

Information contact:
Phil Bono
Gasquet Ranger Station
Gasquet Ranger Station
Highway 199
Gasquet, CA 95543
(707) 457-3131
[email protected]



South Kelsey No 4E06 trail marker. Photo by Rob DiPerna.

South Kelsey No 4E06 trail marker. Photo by Rob DiPerna.


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