Thomes Gorge Trailhead

Area Status: Open
[Photograph]: Thomes Creek in the Gorge

This trail starts from the Thomes Gorge trail head on Forest Road M4 and is named for the people indigenous to this locale. The trail begins in arid chaparral, with extensive views of the foothill country. Passing through gray pine and meandering around seasonal vernal pools, the trail drops into the spectacular geologic formations of Thomes Gorge, ending near the deep, sparkling pools of Thomes Creek. In summer it's a hot midday hike with little water along the way. Be sure to pack plenty to drink.  The trail can also be accessed via the Mud Flat Road, Forest Road 23N35.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This area has burned in a recent fire. Downed trees, dropped limbs, stump holes and unstable terrain may be present. Trails may not be cleared. Avoid parking under dead standing trees.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Parking
Open Season: January
Closest Towns: Paskenta, CA
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Grindstone Ranger Station - open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - (530) 934-3316

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Tent camping: Dispersed
Parking: Limited

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  Area/Length : 
4.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
1,200 - 2,100 feet