“A steady ascent up a historic mining trail to Maple Falls and Paradise Lake.”
— Dara Zimmerman
Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers
Open year-round, generally accessible during winter.
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.