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This trail is a great link to the Siskiyou Wilderness and many of its trails. A nice meadow provides great campsites at the end of the trail, which is located in the eastern edge of the Smith River NRA.

This trail was formerly a forest road that is now closed to vehicles. Camp in the meadow at the end of this trail and plan to hike into the Siskiyou Wilderness on the Clear Creek Trail, Raspberry Lake Trail, El Capitan Lake Trail, or the Twin Valley Trail for spectacular mountain top views and excellent trout fishing. The trailhead is located 2.5 hours northeast of Crescent City.

Directions: From Crescent City, Take Hwy. 101 to the junction with Hwy. 199. Go east on 199 to the Smith River National Recreation Area Visitor Center, continue 16 miles past the Visitor Center to Knopki Creek Rd (18N07). Turn right and drive about 6 miles to a "Y" in the road. Stay right, remaining on 18N07 and continue another 8 miles to the junction of Sanger Lake and Young's Valley. Turn right and continue another 1.5 miles to the end of the road. The trail begins on the left. This portion of the road can be rough, high clearance vehicles are recommended.

Elevation: 5,400 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 900 feet

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Six Rivers National Forest, California

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