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South Kelsey Trail

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 3.5 (2)

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


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16.8

Miles

27.0

KM

Point to Point

5,826' 1,776 m

High

1,063' 324 m

Low

6,646' 2,026 m

Up

2,670' 814 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bob Durie with improvements by Valerie Norton

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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

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Oct 28, 2020
Valerie Norton
Did the entire Klamath NF section to finish it off: https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2020/10/kelsey-range-bear-lake.html
Jun 1, 2020
Valerie Norton
Entire Six Rivers section hiked. Get as far up 8 Mile to try to cross at the bottom of the swimming hole. This was a low rain year, so crossings low. 18mi