Trail Run Project Logo

blue Kelsey National Recreation Trail

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

6.9 mile 11.1 kilometer point to point
74% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,656' 1,114 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,068' 1,849 m
Low: 2,412' 735 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

Dogs

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

Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Weather

Getting forecast...

Current trail conditions

Unknown See History

Popular runs nearby

Run this trail?

Add details to help others plan their adventure.

A steady ascent up a historic mining trail to Maple Falls and Paradise Lake.

Dara Zimmerman

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Open year-round, generally accessible during winter.

Description

The Kelsey National Recreation Trail is a lightly used singletrack path that follows Kelsey Creek up to Paradise Lake in Marble Mountain Wilderness. The trail travels through lush forest with subtle remnants of the gold mining days when mule trains moved cargo along the route. Maple Falls is a scenic waterfall at 4.0 miles in, and is a good picnic spot and potential turn around point for runners looking for a shorter run. Views of King's Castle marble outcrop can be had toward the top of the trail. This section of the trail ends where the Pacific Crest Trail intersects the Kelsey National Recreation Trail at Paradise Lake, which is not as outstanding as many of the lakes nearby, but can be a good camping spot.

Flora & Fauna

Maple trees, Douglas firs, blackberry.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#7785

Overall
  4.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#883

in California

#7,785

Overall
62 Views Last Month
441 Since May 16, 2017
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

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

Shop REI Running