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Clear Creek National Recreation Trail

Intermediate

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22.2 mile 35.7 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 586' 179 m
Descent: -4,341' -1,323 m
High: 5,431' 1,655 m
Low: 1,483' 452 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Run through the heart of Siskiyou Wilderness along beautiful Clear Creek.

Dara Zimmerman

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Accessible spring through fall; snow makes access difficult in winter.

Runner Notes

Good but challenging trail for running. Logistically having a car on either side of the trail to go one-way is an approximately 3-hour long drive-around each way.

Description

Clear Creek National Recreation Trail (NRT) runs north-south through the heart of Siskiyou Wilderness. The trail extends for 22 miles from Youngs Valley Trailhead off Highway 199 in the north, to No Mans Trailhead east of Clear Creek on Highway 96. The trail is dirt and gravel singletrack and has an overall gradual descent over the course of the trail because the trail follows the creek toward the mouth on the Klamath River.

Clear Creek has cold pools for swimming on hot days, excellent berry picking, and beautiful forest to camp in. Wilderness Falls is a spectacular waterfall and swim hole set in granite and forest, located far from the outside world. Good camping can be found at Trout Camp, with access to trails leading to scenic lakes including Buck Lake, Devil's Punchbowl, and Raspberry Lake.

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The Clear Creek Trail starts as an old road
Jul 12, 2018 near Happy Camp, CA
Youngs Valley in the Siskiyou Wilderness
Jul 12, 2018 near Happy Camp, CA

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