Barker Valley Spur

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West San Luis Rey River

Description: No developed recreation sites are located within this segment of the river corridor. The area offers opportunities for backpacking, mountain biking, remote camping, deer, turkey, and pigeon hunting, and fishing. From Highway 79, eight miles of dirt road take to you the Barker Valley Spur trailhead. The river corridor is a three-mile hike along an old roadbed and trail. The trail descends the west side of the drainage and ends in a large meadow on the north side of the west fork of the San Luis Rey River. A spring exists at the riverside of the meadow. The meadow area provides good camping. Another trail leads to the river corridor from Deer Flats. There is no road access to Barker Valley.

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  • Trail Measurement: 3.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 332031N
  • Compass Longitude: 1164757W
  • Numeric Latitude: 33.3419795
  • Numeric Longitude: -116.7991892
  • Elevation in Meters: 1552
  • Elevation in Feet: 5092

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Kelsey (Scott River Rd. Paradise Lake Trail)

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The Kelsey (Scott River Rd. Paradise Lake Trail) is a trail located in California.

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Sisson Callahan National Recreation Trail

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What you will find

This ten mile trail winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Northern California, climbing from the canyon of the North Fork of the Sacramento River up into the mountains of the Trinity Divide near Mt. Eddy. The Trinity Divide encompasses the high mountains beginning with China Mountain in the north all the way to Shasta Bally in the south and generally divides the Valley of the Trinity River in the west from the Sacramento River Canyon in the east. It is an area of rugged peaks, emerald green meadows, rushing streams and gorgeous alpine lakes. The Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail visits the heart of this country. The entire length of the trail is blessed with stunning views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy, Castle Crags, Trinity Alps and Mt. Lassen. The trail crosses Deadfall Summit above Deadfall lakes at the 8,020 foot elevation. Spring hikers will likely find snow at the summit well into early summer and yet be able to enjoy the heady fragrance of azaleas in bloom down along the North Fork of the Sacramento River. From Deadfall Summit it is a moderate hike to the top of Mt. Eddy for an awe inspiring view of the surrounding country. An amazing variety of conifer species occur throughout the area, and wildflowers carpet the meadows and hillsides. Water is plentiful and campsites are found at frequent intervals along the trail. Fishing is popular along the North Fork of the Sacramento River, which the trail follows closely, and at Deadfall Lakes near the western end of the trail.

Background

This trail is one of 47 National Recreation Trails in the National Forests of California. The National Recreation Trails system was established by Congress in 1968 to promote public enjoyment and appreciation for the outdoor areas of the nation. The Sisson-Callahan trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in December in 1979.

Brief history of the trail

Cattlemen, prospectors and trappers who came into the Upper Trinity Area from Scott Valley first established the trail in the mid-1800s. An official trail was constructed around 1911 by the Forest Service shortly after the creation of the Shasta National Forest. The trail linked the Callahan Ranger Station in the Scott Valley with the Forest Headquarters which was in Sisson (Mt. Shasta) at the time. The trail provided a much shorter route for Forest Officers traveling between the two stations than the wagon road from Sisson to Gazelle and then up Willow Creek to Callahan. A telephone line was also maintained along the trail between the two stations. The trail also served as the access route to a Forest Service lookout on Mt. Eddy. The lookout was abandoned in 1932, but still remains on the summit of the mountain… weather beaten and in ruins. Original Forest Service trail blazes may still be seen along the trail.

Routes to the trailheads

Directions to Deadfall Meadows Trailhead: From Mt. Shasta City, head north on I-5 past the town of Weed to the Edgewood exit. Turn left and cross under the freeway to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign onto Old Highway 99 toward Gazelle. In 0.3 mile, turn left on Stewart Springs Road and drive 5 miles. Just before the Stewart Springs Resort, turn right on Road 17 and cross over Parks Creek. Stay on this narrow paved road for approximately 10 more miles to the summit of the divide. On the left (east) side of the road is the Parks Creek Trailhead. You may start here and hike 3 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to Deadfall Lakes and the junction with the Sisson-Callahan, or you may continue south on Road 17 and descend 400 feet in 1.2 miles to an obvious hairpin turn and parking area at the north edge of Lower Deadfall Meadow. Start here and follow the trail through the meadows and up the creek about 2 miles to Deadfall Lakes.

North Shore Road Trailhead:

From Mt. Shasta City, head west on Lake Street over the freeway to the stop sign at Old Stage Road. Turn left (south) and drive ¼ mile to the fork in the road. Stay to the right at the fork and continue on this road, W.A. Barr Road. In a half mile you will come to another stop sign. Continue straight and turn right at the next road, North Shore Road. Stay on this road as it navigates around the north side of Lake Siskiyou, avoiding the spur roads that lead left to parking areas. Continue past the lake for another mile to a prominent fork. Stay to the left and cross the concrete bridge spanning Deer Creek. Continue to the next major fork in the road and again stay left. In about ¼ mile the road dead ends at the washed out North Fork ford. Park off the roadway and cross the river on foot. Do not attempt this if the water is high and hazardous. On the other side bear right (upstream) on an old jeep road alongside the river. In about half a mile the road narrows to a single track trail.

Trail route

Beginning at 3,500 feet near Lake Siskiyou, the trail climbs to the 8,020 foot Deadfall Summit then drops to 7,200 feet to tie in with the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be traversed by foot or horseback. Walking from Parks Creek Summit to Lake Siskiyou is a good all day trip for the average hiker. This route is all downhill from Deadfall Summit.

Safety and trail manners

  • There is no potable drinking water along the trail. Carry a water filter or water from home.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially in the spring and early summer when afternoon thunderstorms can come up suddenly and unexpectedly.
  • Trees, wild flowers, wild animals, historic and natural features are yours to see and enjoy. Help protect these resources so that others can enjoy them also.
  • If you plan on building a fire, please obtain a free campfire permit from the Forest Service Office in Mt. Shasta or the California Department of Forestry Office in Weed. Seasonal restrictions may apply.
  • Please pack out what you pack in. If you can spare the time and have room, why not pick up items that careless visitors before you neglected to carry out? Be a good steward of the land and leave no trace.

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  • Trail Measurement: 10 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 411812N
  • Compass Longitude: 1222703W
  • Numeric Latitude: 41.3032053
  • Numeric Longitude: -122.4508496
  • Elevation in Meters: 1840
  • Elevation in Feet: 6037

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Bear Creek Trail

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Bear Creek Trail

Forest: Angeles National Forest

District: San Gabriel River Ranger District

Description: Bear Creek Trail is located in San Gabriel Canyon. The trailhead is above the West Fork of the San Gabriel River across from the Valley of the Moon Plantation. In total, the trail is 11 miles. It can be a one way thru trail (requiring a car shuttle) or taken in sections and hiked as a return trip. Camping, fishing, hiking and backpacking are all popular recreational activities here.

Viewing Information: You can walk as little or as long as you like on your venture into the scenic Bear Canyon. The trail starts at the parking area and immediately traverses across slopes of coastal sage scrub and mixed chaparral. The trail leads into the San Gabriel Wilderness and then down Bear Canyon to the West fork of the San Gabriel River. More adventurous hikers can stay in Bear Creek Trail camp. The trail wanders through coastal sage scrub, mixed chaparral, big cone Douglas fir and alder riparian vegetation communities. The section of trail from Smith Saddle to the West Fork of the San Gabriel River is difficult and only recommended for the most experienced hiker. This part of the trail has ongoing reconstruction and can be difficult to follow.

The beginning section of the trail has the most rewards. In wet years, wildflowers will bloom along the trail edges and shrub species through the area will flower abundantly. In dry years, the wildflower bloom will be unpredictable but the shrubs will flower. The middle of April to the middle of June is the best time of year to view flowers. At the trailhead, you’ll immediately find what you’re looking for, as the sagebrush covered slopes offer beautiful displays of paintbrush, mule’s ears, lupines, penstemons, and more. A short walk across Highway 39 and into the Valley of the Moon plantation will reveal additional wildflower areas. California fuchsias, monkey flowers and chias are just a few of the treasures you may encounter along the way.

Safety First: Always be prepared for rapid changes in the weather. In the summer months, days are typically hot and sunny so carry plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. There is no cover on the first few miles of the trail.

Highway 39 is a curvy, mountainous road with periodic traffic. Drive slowly, and use extra caution on blind curves.

Directions: From the 210 Freeway, take Azusa Ave and travel north towards the mountains. Azusa Ave turns into Highway 39 and into the Angeles National Forest. The trailhead parking is across from the Valley of the Moon Plantation.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel River Ranger District.

Closest Town: Azusa, California (approximately 11 miles south).

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  • Trail Measurement: 11 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 341714N
  • Compass Longitude: 1175141W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.2872246
  • Numeric Longitude: -117.8614508
  • Elevation in Meters: 1290
  • Elevation in Feet: 4232

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Kings River Trail

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The Kings River Trail is a trail located in California.

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South Kelsey NRT Trail

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The South Kelsey Historical Trail begins on the upper South Fork of the Smith River in Six Rivers National Forest about eight miles southeast of the Rock Creek trailhead for the Little Bald Hills Trail. The South Kelsey Historical Trail ends at the Elbow Creek trailhead a few miles west of the Klamath River. Hikers can follow forest roads to State Highway 96 and cross the Klamath River on the Thornton Memorial Bridge near Independence Creek. A few miles of forest roads bring a hiker to the Kelsey National Recreation Trail, which crosses the Pacific Crest Trail at Bear Lake in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

This historic route follows the South Fork of the Smith River for 8 miles and then steeply climbs another 5 miles to Baldy Peak. Water is scarce after leaving the South Fork. From Baldy Peak, the trail grade is moderate for 3 miles to Harrington Lake. The trail beyond Harrington Creek has not been maintained for several years. The trail may be difficult to follow and there are numerous downed trees. Crossing Eightmile and Harrrington Creek may only be passable during the dry season when water levels have dropped considerably.  Please contact the Smith River National Recreation Area for current water conditions.

Activities

Hiking

Backpacking

Fire Information California Campfire Permit Required
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  • Trail Measurement: 17 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 41°39'15.2"N
  • Compass Longitude: 123°51'50.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 41.654216
  • Numeric Longitude: -123.863886
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Beyers Lake Trail

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The Beyers Lake trail is 6 1/4 miles long. It begins at Grouse Ridge Trail and ends at Forest Road 0843-018 At Mine.

At a Glance

Fees No fees
Permit Info: There are no special permits required to hike this trail. If you choose to camp and have a fire, a California Campfire Permit is required. Depending on the time of year and current conditions, the Tahoe National Forest may be under Fire Restrictions, limiting the types of fires or stoves allowed in the backcountry. Be sure to visit the Alerts and Warnings area of this website or check in with the ranger station when planning your trip.
Usage: Medium

General Information

Directions:

Trail Access:  From Highway 89 North take Jackson Meadow Road (Forest  Road 07) west to Forest Road 86.  Turn south on Road 86 to Meadow Lake.

From Interstate 80 take Eagle Lakes turn off.  Parking is at the Indian Springs OHV Trailhead.  With a 4WD vehicle, it is a 1 1/2 mile drive to Eagle Lakes where Grouse Ridge Trail begins.  Take Grouse Ridge Trail 1 1/2 miles to Beyers Lakes Trail.
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Topo Maps: Cisco Grove, English Mt

Trail description: From Meadow Lake, a four-wheel-drive trail proceeds west towards Baltimore Lake.  At a point one and one-half mile west of Meadow Lake the four-wheel-drive trail ends, with a good view of French Lake to the north.  A foot trail descends across a rocky hillside toward Baltimore Lake, which lies in a heavily timbered basin. There are a number of good campsites and fishing is generally good.

The trail leaves Baltimore Lake and climbs over a saddle for a gentle descent into the Beyers lakes area, a group of four lakes in a rocky landscape with a border of fir trees.  From this point the trail continues west to its junction with the Grouse Ridge Trail.

Keep a clean camp. Do not attract animals to your site.  Pack all your trash home with you when you leave.

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  • Trail Measurement: 6.25 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°21'59.7"N
  • Compass Longitude: 120°35'17.5"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.3665917
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.5881883
  • Elevation in Meters: 2030
  • Elevation in Feet: 6660

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Lake Natoma Trail

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  • Trail Measurement: 11 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 384004N
  • Compass Longitude: 1211128W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.6676815
  • Numeric Longitude: -121.1910586
  • Elevation in Meters: 77
  • Elevation in Feet: 253

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South Yuba Trail

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Bizz Johnson Trail

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  • Compass Latitude: 402430N
  • Compass Longitude: 1204934W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.4082257
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.826067
  • Elevation in Meters: 1517
  • Elevation in Feet: 4977

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