Looking for a great trail in Smith River National Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Smith River National Recreation Area ranging from 5.2 to 18.1 miles and from 167 to 3,704 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
13 days ago

fun little trail. old mining stuff along the way. at the end of the trail a few friends and I hiked up the creek 2 hrs and made it to the myrtle creek waterfall it's an amazing view

hiking
15 days ago

Perfect stop for a dog to run around

hiking
26 days ago

This trail is quite steep for the first hundred feet. After that it levels out. In addition to signs describing the plants found along the trail there are also signs describing some old mining stuff. Lots of roots and rocks in the thin trail. Steep cliffs on one side. Not for disobedient children.

hiking
27 days ago

A neat little trail, suitable for families, though keep an eye on littles ones, steep edges at times. Very interesting botanically and historically with good interpretive signs along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short and pretty hike through the woods. Easy to find and great for walking the dogs while in this area as there are not making dog friendly hiking options.

Pot holes, road craters and road dust, oh my. High clearance vehicle recommended. Stunning scenery but awful road.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hike, but tons of poison oak! Kudos to the hiker who marked the switchback. Will most def do it again!

backpacking
4 months ago

A very enjoyable hike. Trail was a pleasant steady climb with lots of switchbacks in the beginning. About halfway up the canopy overhead becomes lighter and the trail turns to a nice gravel trail. Watch your step, because there are plenty of Banana slugs to be seen crossing the trail. Some purple wildflowers and moss line the trail which adds to the beauty. The best part is the camp site. The horse paddock is really cool. And the campsite is a gorgeous clearing with some big trees for shade. The parking wasn’t hard to find, but there wasn’t much to assure you it’s the right place to park other than all the Subaru’s which is usually a sign you are in the right place. We spoke to a ranger before heading up and we found his directions to the parking sufficient.

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike for great exercise. Not my favorite for views and scenery though.

off road driving
7 months ago

Enjoyed the views, nice gravel trail easy driving today.

The trail is gravel now and maintained. I would consider it an easy trail with a beautiful view.

Rode mtb on this trail with my 11yr son. Nice up hill ride starting from beginning. We went up prob only about 5 miles and turned around. Going downhill on this trail is really awesome. closest thing to riding speeder bikes you'll ever get. couple pieces of redwood bark set up as jumps, plus all the trees make this really unique. Can't wait till next time in area to do full trail!

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the area!!! What I like about this trail is that it is a botany trail and a historic trail as it follows a trail used by the gold miners way back when. Be careful hiking this trail in the fall and winter because this trail can get very slippery and is right on a hill, so don't fall or it may hurt. With that said, you will not regret hiking this trail.

a great short hike near Hiouchi not gasquet . been there many times.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, thank you to the hiker that placed the rocks in the trail to give notice to the shape turn on the trail, I probably would have kept going forward. Some old equipment right before you reach Craig's Creek, curious what it was used for.

hiking
11 months ago

Great little trail to 2 forks of the Smith River and awesome views including under the bridge. Crazy that someone tied a rope up there. The Smith is 2nd longest undammed river in the US..

hiking
11 months ago

Was not fully prepared. Hike there and back took my boyfriend and I 4 hours. Too steep for us. Would not go back.

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked this yesterday and it was a great hike. Lots of cool little information stops along the way with a cool history to the trail. I also took my 5 year old son with me, so very kid friendly. He loved it and even got into the creek at the end. Definitely worth the stop.

hiking
11 months ago

Enjoyable short trail. I found the directions from this site to the trailhead accurate to be accurate, park across the road. Mile marker 7.07 is right there on 199, but you can't see it if you're coming from the coast. The parking area is right at Myrtle Creek. Most of the elevation gain of the trail is right at the beginning, and then it runs fairly straight and level, eventually drawing alongside the creek. Some of the interpretive trail markers are missing are otherwise damaged, but some are informative. Number 15 is marked "End" and just past it the trail splits. One runs down to the creek and the other goes on further alongside, quickly becoming more of an advanced trail, less clearly defined with more obstacles. I don't think it goes too much further. On the way back, in between stop 9 and 8 you can see another trail split off to the left and run down in the direction of the creek. Looked like a fairly clear trail, I didn't follow it, but I think it would likely provide access to the creek at another point. Fairly shady throughout. I saw only one tiny flower (in late September) but overall everything was lush and green with a wide variety of plants. Tons of other hikes in the area. This one's a perfect warm up, great to walk early with a big travel mug of coffee.

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Great trail for a quick morning hike. A good steady uphill ascent. Took my dog up here to tire him out before getting back in the car. Views aren’t great most of the way but trail is shaded! Enjoy.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rattle snake on the trail! Be careful

Friday, August 10, 2018

nice trail , water very low in river.

hiking
Friday, August 03, 2018

Good hike, lots of climbing. Not very crowded at all. Not a redwood hike like many in the area so less crowded but a good hike and easy access.

Monday, July 23, 2018

good hike to start if you're getting back into trail running.

hiking
Monday, July 16, 2018

Doing the whole hike is super worth it. Other than some poison oak being present, the trail was very peaceful and a good workout at some points.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

beautiful high beginners interpretive trail. It ends at a awesome spot by the creek. Nice short hike.

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

loved this trail! It's an easy hike lots to see and gold mining history and even ends at a creek

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Love this trail. It's short and sweet, filled with wild flowers, small waterfalls and the river.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Beautiful trail but there is TONS of poison oak right now. Be careful.

hiking
Saturday, May 26, 2018

It was a really nice, well maintained trail lined with beautiful wildflowers. I did it in the pouring rain and the trees did a good job lightening the rain. The only downside is that there’s no viewpoints or anything, though the flowers and misty woods make up for it.

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