South Fork of Trinity River NRT
The trail follows wild and scenic South Fork Trinity River corridor.
Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Location: On the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, south from Forest Glen on SR 36.
Take Highway 36 to Hellgate Campground. Cross Rattlesnake Creek Bridge to the Scott Flat Dispersed Camping Area. The trailhead is three quarters of the way through the Scott Flat Dispersed Camping Area, located at the footbridge.
This trail has gentle grades making it very enjoyable for family hiking. In a few locations the trail does cross private property, so please be respectful.
No motorized vehicles are allowed on any portion of the trail.
A longer hike is available if you want to continue up river for ten miles to the Double Cabins site at the Wild-Mad Road (FS 29N30).You will encounter spectacular views from bluffs along the river, deep forests of fir, pine and oak, open meadows and a scenic river corridor. The South Fork of the Trinity River headwaters begin in the highest portions of the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness and flow northward to the main stem of the Trinity River. It is one of the most wild and scenic rivers in Northern California.
Current fishing regulations allow for artificial lures only with barbless hook November 1 through March 31. All trout and steelhead must be released immediately unless they show a healed adipose fin clip. See current regulations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations.
Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 2,200
Elevation High Point: 2,700
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1980
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: USFS Trail Details
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.
Recreation Staff Officer
US Forest Service
Trinity River Management Unit
PO Box 1190
Weaverville, CA 96093
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