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River Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 90' 27 m
Descent: -226' -69 m
High: 234' 71 m
Low: 98' 30 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

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A short trail connecting Little Bald Hills trailhead to Stout Grove trailhead along the banks of the Smith River.

Zander Göpfert

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly Explore the banks of the Smith River and look for birds and wildlife!

Description

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.

Flora & Fauna

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.

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May 25, 2019
Erin O'Brien
Aug 24, 2016
Randy Bertoli
Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park, crossed the foot bridge and did the stout grove loop as well! Beautiful!

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Photos

Redwood sunset.
Dec 27, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
You just can't get a sense of how massive these trees are from a photo.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The River Trail passes through these beautiful forest 'tunnels'.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Mill Creek meanders gently into the Smith River.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Stout Grove stays verdant and lush all year.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The Stout Grove Trail gives you a sense of just how small you are in comparison to these age-old trees.
May 14, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA

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