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Kelsey Creek Trail

Klamath National Forest, California
Distance7.1mi
Elevation Gain4,892ft
Trailhead Elevation6,117ft
Top6,127ft
Elevation Min/Max2384/6127ft
Elevation Start/End6117/6117ft

Kelsey Creek Trail

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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Explorer | 47 pts
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4/26/2019
Did our Annual Kelsey Cr falls hike this year. No snow on trail to Maple Falls. Rock slide a couple miles in. Water is running fast and hard on creek and tributaries that you cross on the way to the falls. Poles and water proof shoes helpful. Many burned trees down blocking trail especially last mile before Maple falls, but most small and passable.

Update 4/28/19
Oregon Happy Trails did a hike up Kelsey Creek trail to Maple Falls and reported that a crew with horses had been in working on the trail. They clear slide area 2 miles in and made it passable and cut down fallen trees blocking trail that I had reported on hike that I did a few days earlier in the week.
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Adventurer | 210 pts
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11/22/2018
Also known simply as the Kelsey Trail, this takes you on a journey through the forest types characterizing all of the elevation zones in the Marble Mountains, starting with lowland interior mixed evergreen forest and ending in a subalpine conifer forest interspersed with broad, sloping meadows. The elevation gain is huge. About half the distance from the trailhead is scenic Maple Falls, which could be a good day hike destination in itself. The end of the trail furnishes access to Paradise Lake and Kings Castle. The trail is ordinarily well maintained, but expect some down timber early in the season. As of 2018, there is reportedly a landslide several miles from the trailhead that is a little sketchy for hikers, and that makes the trail not recommended for stock.
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Trail Information

Klamath National Forest
Nearby City
Klamath National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Klamath National Forest, Fort Jones Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Marble Mountain, Grider Valley
Local Maps

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