Kelsey Trailhead


Area Status: Open

Just west of the Scott River on Kelsey Creek you pick up the Kelsey National Recreation Trail. Originally built in the 1850's, the trail served as a supply route from the coast to Scott Valley and the military post at Fort Jones. Today the trail serves as a popular day hike to Paradise Lake and connects backpackers to the PCT.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Fort Jones travel northeast on Scott River Road approx 19 miles to Bridge Flat River Access. Turn left and follow the signs to Kelsey Trailhead.

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Activities

Day Hiking

Just west of the Scott River on Kelsey Creek you pick up the Kelsey National Recreation Trail. Originally built in the 1850's, the trail served as a supply route from the coast to Scott Valley and the military post at Fort Jones. Today the trail serves as a popular day hike to Paradise Lake and connects backpackers to the PCT.
Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Backpacking

Just west of the Scott River on Kelsey Creek you pick up the Kelsey National Recreation Trail. Originally built in the 1850's, the trail served as a supply route from the coast to Scott Valley and the military post at Fort Jones. Today the trail serves as a popular day hike to Paradise Lake and connects backpackers to the PCT.
Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.6436

  Longitude : 
-123.1233