Smith River Trail Guide

This is a guide to some of the trails within the Smith River National Recreation Area. The Smith River NRA is part of Six Rivers National Forest. The best paper trails map available for the Smith River NRA is the National Geographic National and State Parks.

Click on trail names below to learn more about each trail. You can also download a Google Earth file with all trails.

Trail Name Miles (one way) Drive time from Gasquet Difficulty Permitted Uses
Craig’s Creek 3.7 15 minutes Moderate F, H
Darlingtonia .3 5 minutes Easy F
Doe Flat to Devil’s Punchbowl 6.3 1.2 hours Difficult F
Elk Camp Ridge 8.2 20 minutes Moderate F, H, B, M
French Hill 2.8 0 Moderate F, H, B
Gunbarrel 1.3 2 hours Difficult F, H
High Dome 4 25 minutes Moderate F, H, B, M
Island Lake 6.47 1.2 hours Difficult F, B*
Little Bald Hills 9.6 30 minutes Moderate F, H, B
McClendon Ford 1.5 1 hour Easy F, H
Myrtle Creek 1 15 minutes Easy F
Old Kelsey Trail 7 30-45 minutes Easy/Moderate F, H, B
Paradise 6.47 30 minutes Moderate F, B, H
Patrick Creek .25 15 minutes Easy F, ADA
South Kelsey 29 1 hour Moderate F, H
Stony Creek .5 10 minutes Easy F
Summit Valley 8.1 1.5 hours Moderate F, H
Young’s Valley 2.5 1.75 hours Moderate F, H

Permitted Uses: F=Foot, H=Horse, B=Bicycle, M=Motorbike B*=Bicycles not allowed into Wilderness areas.