Kelsey Creek Trail

Klamath National Forest, California

Elevation Gain4,892ft
Trailhead Elevation6,117ft
Elevation Min/Max2384/6127ft
Elevation Start/End6117/6117ft
Kelsey Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Siskiyou County, California. It is within Marble Mountain Wilderness and Klamath National Forest. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 6,117 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,892 feet. This trail connects with the following: Paradise Lake Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

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"This is the only singletrack I could find in the entire Yreka/Klamath River/Salmon River area that’s open to bikes, ridable by bikers with intermediate technical skills, and of significant length. Fortunately, this is a great little trail, mostly ridable in the uphill direction and entirely ridable downhill. It follows Kelsey Creek up to the boundary of the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area. (Bikes are not allowed past this point.) Views of the stream, cascading in May and June and lined with big-leaf maples, are constant and impressive. Riding downhill with the water cascading below is especially thrilling. Highlights: A nice singletrack alongside a cascading creek leading to the boundary of a wilderness area. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the singletrack."

"The historic Kelsey Trail is an old supply route that was built in the 1850s. The passage was used to bring supplies from Crescent City to the homesteaders and miners in the Scott Valley, as well as to the military post at Fort Jones. On the return trip, traders brought gold and local commodities to the coast. The trail passes through beautiful alpine country, visits three lakes, and overlaps a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Terrain: Dirt path through conifer forests, across alpine meadows, and along exposed rocky ridges."

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Klamath National Forest
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Klamath National Forest