Virtual Guidebook to Mount Shasta and Klamath-Trinity Mountains
Smith River
Six Rivers National Forest California


After years of relentless logging the upper Smith River was beginning to look pretty badly chopped up, with square clearcuts and a dense network of logging roads right to the ridgetops. But then federal policy changed and the entire area, though still part of Six Rivers National Forest, is now managed for recreation and resource protection, rather than multiple use that emphasized logging.

The South Fork of the Smith River is a famous steelhead stream, and an exceptionally beautiful one too. An historic route, the Kelsey Trail, runs through here - built in the 1850's by Chinese labor to connect Fort Smith to the coast, it is now restored as a National Recreation Trail.



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The beautiful South Fork of the Smith River near Craigs Beach access

(June 26, 2010)


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Huge landlsides of blue clay and serpentinite rock make highway maintenance difficult along the South Fork of the Smith River

(June 26, 2010)


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Near the dead-end of the northern section of the Gasquet-Orleans Road, deep in the Sikiyou Mountains

(June 26, 2010)


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