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blueBlack North Fork Trail

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19.4 mile 31.2 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,825' 1,471 m
Descent: -1,423' -434 m
High: 7,165' 2,184 m
Low: 2,647' 807 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

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This trail is a spectacular but gentle climb along the North Fork Salmon River through old-growth forest to alpine lakes

Dara Zimmerman

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers

Generally accessible in May to October.

Runner Notes

This trail ideal for running, with great spots to swim along the way.

Description

This hidden-gem of a trail is a singletrack dirt trail that follows the scenic North Fork Salmon River through beautiful old-growth forest. Campsites, swim holes, and water supply creeks are abundant. The trail is easy to follow and has a relatively gentle climb up to the English Peak area of Marble Mountain Wilderness. The trail is the longest but least difficult trail to reach the English Peak area from Salmon River Road near Sawyers Bar, CA. The English Peak area has many alpine lakes with spectacular views in every direction. This trail is known for access to world-class salmon fishing in the tributaries of the North Fork Salmon River.

On some maps, the North Fork Trail continues past English Peak and into the Little North Fork drainage, however this section of trail is referred to as the Little North Fork Trail.

NOTE: This area burned in 2017.

Flora & Fauna

Old growth forest, bear, deer, eagles, hawks.

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