Summit Valley--meadow with green grass and pink flowers surrounded by trees, July 26, 2011.

Hike through mountain meadows filled with wildflowers in the late spring. Summit Valley is a 2-mile hike and the old Summit Valley Lookout Site is another ¾-mile walk offering great views of the Pacific Ocean, Siskiyou Mountains and Mount Shasta. The trail descends to and ends at the South Kelsey National Recreation Trail near Elkhorn Bar.

Smith River NRA - Summit Valley/South Kelsey Trail Report, 7-2014 - PDF

Smith River NRA - Summit Valley/South Kelsey Trail Report, 7-2014 - Word

Summit Valley & South Kelsey Trail Report 9-2014 - Word

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Note: Trailhead access is limited by gate closures during the wet season, generally mid-October through mid-June.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Fire Information California Campfire Permit Required
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.1 miles, including 5.4 miles within the Siskiyou Wilderness

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  Elevation : 
1160 - 4900