Hiking Project Logo

South Kelsey Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

15.4 mile 24.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,935' 1,809 m
Descent: -2,135' -651 m
High: 5,704' 1,739 m
Low: 1,059' 323 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Bob Durie

A beautiful hike alongside the south fork of the Smith River, with a trip to lovely little falls of the creek.

Bob Durie

Features River/Creek · Views

This first few miles of the western side of the South Kelsey Trail should be accessible year round, but Yellowjacket and the creeks that follow will be too high to cross without wading very deeply in the spring.

Need to Know

There is lots of parking at the trailhead, and a vaulted toilet and picnic table as well.

Description

If you want a taste of the historic and remote Kelsey Trail any time of year, the first couple miles of the western side of the trail is how you can sample it. The creek(s) and crossings are too deep to pass during spring, but this little taste can give you a nice sample of the trail.

The Kelsey Trail from this starting point goes much further into the Klamath National Forest, so depending on the time of year this can be your starting point for a huge and remote excursion, or can simply be this, a good out-and-back to a lovely creek.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Flora & Fauna

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#21333

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#2,486

in California

#21,333

Overall
14 Views Last Month
97 Since Mar 29, 2019
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
50%
0%
0%
50%
0%

Photos

The Yellowjacket Creek feeding into the South Fork of the Smith River, in spring.
Mar 29, 2019 near Bertsch…, CA

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking