North Fork Smith River Trail #1233

This trail follows ridge top on southeast edge of Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The Pacific Ocean can be seen from a few locations.

This trail is located in the Biscuit Fire area that burned in the year 2002, and the Chetco Bar Fire of 2017. Although Forest Service trail crews have been repairing and maintaining many of the affected trails since the fires, visitors should take into consideration (because of the substantially increased risk of fire-killed snags falling) that travel and camping may be more difficult and require greater concern for safety.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness should be advised that trail conditions may vary, depending on the level of maintenance performed in the years after the Biscuit (2002), Chetco Bar (2017) and Klondike (2018) Fires. Due to the scales of these fires, and the rugged and remote conditions in the Kalmiopsis, trail work, while ongoing, has not been performed on all the trails within the fire perimeters. Visitors may find downed trees across the trails, dense vegetation where shrubs have grown in after the fire, and unmarked trail junctions in some places. Please check with the Gold Beach or Wild Rivers Ranger Districts before your visit for trail conditions. Additionally, you can visit the Siskiyou Mountain Club's page, a local group who performs much of the trail maintenance in wilderness areas.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • O'Brien, OR
  • Hiouchi, CA
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

From Brookings, OR, head south on Highway 101 for about 13 miles. Then go left towards Rowdy Creek and continue on County Route 305 / Low Divide Road. Go left onto Forest Road 4402 and follow to Sourdough Camp Road 4402-206 and beginning of the trail.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
12.4 miles

  Elevation : 
1,200 feet - 3,800 feet range