Originally a pack trail from Crescent City to gold mines in the Illinois Valley in Oregon, this scenic trail presents panoramic views of high mountain peaks, the ocean, and the North and Middle Forks of the Smith River. Vegetation is stunted because of the high mineral content of the underlying serpentine rock. The first half mile from the lower trailhead was burned over in the Panther Fire of 1996. The trailhead is located about one hour northeast of Crescent City. Horses and mountain bikers welcome along this trail.
Directions: From Crescent City, Take Hwy. 101 to the junction with Hwy. 199. Go east on 199, take a left at Middle Fork Road and a right at the Gasquet Flat Rd. Cross Horace Gasquet Bridge; stay left past Azalea Lane. At the top of the hill turn right at the Gasquet Toll Rd intersection. Follow the Gasquet Toll Rd for 2.4 miles to Forest Service Rd 18N10. Turn left on 18N10 and travel 1.4 miles to the trailhead.
Elevation: 2,100 feet
Ending Elevation: 3,700 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Distance: 8.2 miles
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