Written by by Haven Livingston • Special to the Triplicate October 10, 2011 11:03 am
Bridging our past to our future in the Smith River NRA
ABOVE: A portion of the trail follows Canthook Creek. Photos courtesy of Haven Livingston
Sneak previews have been coming out about the grand Old Kelsey Trail revival over the past year, and parts of the trail have already been opened for hiking. Now work has been completed on the entire 7-mile stretch between Boulder Creek and Big Flat Campground. It is ready for visitors to walk, bike or ride horses on any part of it, or use it to connect with the Coast to Crest Trail linking the Coastal Trail with the Pacific Crest Trail.
The historic route that the Kelsey Trail follows runs along the Smith River and into the Siskiyou Mountains. It was originally followed by native people, and then in 1855 Ben Kelsey was contracted to construct a trail from Crescent City to Fort Jones to keep the fort supplied with food and essentials
It also connected Scott Valley, Yreka and other Siskiyou mountain camps.