Smith River Falls

Crescent City, California

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The rains that soak California’s North Coast fuel a number of waterfalls in the Smith River drainage. While a trail, of sorts, leads down to a thunderous fall on the Middle Fork of the Smith River, most of these falls can be viewed from scenic CA 199. The complex of public lands that stretches from just north of Eureka and Arcata to the Oregon border protects 45 percent of the remaining old-growth redwood forest in California, according to the California State Parks department. Three state parks—Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast, and Jedediah Smith–Redwoods—along with Redwood National Park, make up what has been designated a National Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

The rains that soak California’s North Coast fuel a number of waterfalls in the Smith River drainage. While a trail, of sorts, leads down to a thunderous fall on the Middle Fork of the Smith River, most of these falls can be viewed from scenic CA 199.

The complex of public lands that stretches from just north of Eureka and Arcata to the Oregon border protects 45 percent of the remaining old-growth redwood forest in California, according to the California State Parks department. Three state parks—Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast, and Jedediah Smith–Redwoods—along with Redwood National Park, make up what has been designated a National Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Crescent City
Distance: 0.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Six Rivers National Forest, Smith River National Recreation Area, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501; (707) 442-1721; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/srnf/ recarea/?recid=11440
Local Maps: USGS Gasquet CA and Hiouchi CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Smith River Falls

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