Hikers will follow an old jeep road for the first mile, then the trail travels through mountain meadows filled with wildflowers in the late spring. Summit Valley 3 acres; the site of the old Summit Valley Lookout can be can be reached by a 1/4 mile side trip to the right after you leave the valley. The lookout site offers views of the Pacific Ocean, Siskiyou Mountains, and Mount Shasta. The remainder of the trail descends to and ends at the South Kelsey Trail near Elkhorn Bar.
Directions: From Crescent City, Take Hwy. 101 to the junction with Hwy. 199. Go east on 199 to South Fork Road (County Road 427), turn left and travel 13.7 miles to a paved road going to the right, which is Forest Road 15, the Gasquet-Orleans Road. Continue south about 15 miles. The trailhead is on the left.
Elevation: 4,600 feet
Ending Elevation: 1,160 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,440 feet
Distance: 8.1 miles
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