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High Dome Trail

Monday, July 25, 2016

Alt Names

Trail 3E02, Six Rivers National Forest, Patrick Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This scenic four mile single-track trail is for motorcycles only, but the main forest road can be used to form nice loop. You can travel in either direction, but starting the trail at the lower trailhead (the creek crossing) is considerably easier due to the long series of super sharp switchbacks which are much easier going up than coming down.

Keep an eye out for an old fire lookout at the top with views of the Pacific Ocean and a large open meadow with a scenic mountain backdrop. The trail is short but checkout nearby Elk Camp Ridge which has an additional eight miles of challenging single-track.

There are several primitive campsites overlooking the river located alongside the main road. There are no real good turnaround spots on Patricks Creek Road, but there are some campgrounds alongside Hwy 199 that can accomodate large trailers (there is no direct trail access from the highway campgrounds, so unless street legal, you will have to haul your bikes to and from the staging areas).

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityGasquet, CA
AddressPatricks Creek Road, Gasquet, CA 95543
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From: Crescent City, CA
1) Take US-101 north about 3 miles
2) Take exit for US-199 east, continue about 21 miles
3) Turn left (north) on Patricks Creek Road, continue about .5 miles (after passing Patricks Creek Lodge you will turn left again on Patricks Creek Road)
4) Continue about .5 miles, turn left (west) onto turnoff. Stage here and ride in or...

5) Continue on Patricks Creek Road, about 3 miles
6) Veer left at intersection on Old Gasquet Toll Road, continue .5 miles
7) After crossing bridge turn right onto 315. The lower trailhead is immediately on the right.
8) The upper trailhead is another 5.8 miles up the road.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prossingle track, scenic forest and ocean views
Conssome sections blocked by fallen trees, trails are short
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles8
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1300 to 3800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenDaily Year-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
most trails too narrow
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
most trails too narrow
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SW)Sutter Coast Hospital (707) 464-8511
Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (SW)Hiouchi /Chevron
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SW)Hiouchi /Chevron
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Panther Creek Campground (877) 444-6777
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Hiouchi Hamlet RV Resort (707) 458-3321
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Hiouchi Hamlet RV Resort (707) 458-3321
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Patrick Creek Campground (707) 442-1721
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Hiouchi Hamlet Market (707) 458-3114
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (SW)Grassy Flat Campground (707) 442-1721
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteWest Fork & East Fork Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SW)Hiouchi

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSix Rivers National Forest - Smith River NRA
Highway 199 P.O. Box 228
Gasquet, CA 95543
(707) 457-3131
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RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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High Dome Trail

The trails are narrow and views... magnificent!

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at High Dome Trail

The trail portion of the loop is pure single track; ATVs over 40 inches wide are not permitted.

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Woman on a Honda CRF Motorcycle crossing the water at High Dome Trail

This creek crossing guards the lower trail entrance, or exit.

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Scenery from High Dome Trail

There is no shortage of scenic views on this ride.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

Trails are mostly maintained, but there were a couple of freshly fallen trees that day.

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Scenic view at High Dome Trail

A nice view of the creek you'll pass by on the main road.

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Girl riding a Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

Starting the descent on the main loop.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike getting wet at High Dome Trail

Another view of the creek at the loop trailhead.

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A rocky section at High Dome Trail

Apart from this one section, there were virtually no rocks on this trail.

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High Dome Trail

This forest road can be used the access the lower and upper trailheads, or to make the ride a loop.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at High Dome Trail

Part of the loop descent.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at High Dome Trail

The fire lookout at the top would be a good place to break for a lunch, but you'll get there too quickly.

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A trail at High Dome Trail

A view of the trail near the lookout point.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

You can actually see the Pacific Ocean from the fire lookout.  It's a great view.

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Girl riding a Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

A thicker portion of the trail loop.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at High Dome Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

The upper trailhead looks like this.  Watch for it on the right side of the forest road.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at High Dome Trail

There are a number of inviting primitive campsites right on the river banks along the main road when you first enter the area.

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Female rider on a Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

This forest road can be used the access the lower and upper trailheads, or to make the ride a loop.

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Woman on a Honda CRF Motorcycle at High Dome Trail

High Dome Trail Photo

Woman on a Honda CRF Motorcycle at High Dome Trail

High Dome Trail Photo

Girl on Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

This is somewhere near the beginning of the short section of rocky trail. After this the trail is mostly smooth.

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Girl riding a Honda CRF Trail Bike at High Dome Trail

More than just panoramic views, there was also great forest scenery all along this loop also.

High Dome Trail Photo

Girl riding a Honda CRF Trail Bike at High Dome Trail

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Woman on a OHV at High Dome Trail

The meadow at the top of the hill was fun to check out.  Nothing much there but a nice view.

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Girl on a Honda CRF Motorbike at High Dome Trail

This is my idea of a perfect woods trail.  Too bad there was not more of it.

High Dome Trail Photo

Girl on a Honda CRF Motorcycle at High Dome Trail

High Dome Trail Photo

Scenery from High Dome Trail

Although a bit short, the views made this ride a lot of fun.

High Dome Trail Photo

Girl riding a Honda CRF Dirt Bike at High Dome Trail

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