Kelsey Trail (#820C)

This primitive trail starts from Kelsey Trailhead. The trail alternates very steep pitches with gentle benches following a ridge through mostly open and grassy ponderosa pine forests with impressive views of Black Canyon Wilderness.

The trail has received limited maintenance for a number of years and is poorly marked. The trail is not signed at the trailhead or at its junction with Black Canyon Trail #820.

Follow this link for a Kelsey Trail map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trails are intermittently maintained and downed trees and route finding challenges may be expected. 
Fees: No Fee
Restrictions: No mountain biking or motorized use.
Closest Towns: Paulina, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Paulina Ranger Station, Ochoco National Forest

General Information


From Paulina, Oregon:

Head east on County Road 112 for 5 miles, then turn north onto Beaver Creek Road. 

Continue north for 5 1/2 miles before turning onto Forest Service Road 58 at its junction with Forest Service Road 42.

Continue on Forest Service Road 58 to Sugar Creek Campground, then turn north (left) at Sugar Creek Day Use Area onto Forest Service Road 5810.

Travel 10.5 miles on Forest Service Road 5810 to Forest Service Road 38.

Turn east (right) onto Forest Service Road 38, following it approximately 8.5 miles to Forest Service Road 3800-640.

The unmarked trailhead is on the east side of Kelsey Reservoir on Forest Service Road 3800-640.


Day Hiking

This trail is located in the Black Canyon Wilderness. Kelsey Trail has received limited maintenance for a number of years, and is currently being reconsidered for addition to the regular maintenance program. The route is not well marked and is currently not maintained annually.

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

See additional information under Day Hiking.

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.7 miles

  Elevation : 
3910 - 5380