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South Fork National Recreation Trail

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 4.3 (3)

A gentle ascent up the idyllic South Fork of the Trinity River.


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16.4

Miles

26.4

KM

97%

Runnable

3,116' 950 m

High

2,345' 715 m

Low

1,746' 532 m

Up

1,136' 346 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers

Generally not accessible from December to May.

Runner Notes

Small creeks have bridge crossings; watch out for bikers on trail.

Description

The South Fork Nation Recreation Trail is a scenic and gentle climb up the South Fork Trinity River in Shasta-Trinity National Forest into the Yolla Bolly - Middle Eel Wilderness. The first 7.2 miles is a popular and easy former wagon road that is a now a wide doubletrack dirt path, commonly used by families and mountain bikers. Several small picturesque bridges allow easy crossing over the river. The remaining 9-10 miles is more rarely traveled.

Flora & Fauna

Pacific yew, Golden Chinquapin, madrone, Douglas fir, cedars, maples, pine, oaks, blackberry, thimbleberry, rattlesnakes, poison oak

Contacts

Shared By:

Dara Zimmerman

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Nice place to cool off
Jul 13, 2018 near Hayfork, CA
Marie Creek, named for early 20th century south fork resident Marie Lamb, where it crosses trail.
Jul 13, 2018 near Hayfork, CA

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