“A short trail connecting Little Bald Hills trailhead to Stout Grove trailhead along the banks of the Smith River.
— Zander Göpfert
Family Friendly: Explore the banks of the Smith River and look for birds and wildlife!
Access this trail at the marked trailhead off Howland Hill Road, across from Little Bald Hills Trail
parking and trailhead.
Head northwest along the Smith River, which is the last major undammed river in California. In the summer months, these pristine waters flow next to an old-growth redwood forest, while being home to a thriving school of chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
California bay, tanoak, Douglas-fir, Pacific madrone, and salal, huckleberry, and thimbleberry. Look for trout and salmon in the deeper corners and eddies of the river.