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Rattlesnake Ridge Area

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Smith River National Recreation Area, Little Rattlesnake Mountain, Boulder Ridge, Pigeon Roost, Rattlesnake Lake, Soldier Well, Mud Spring, Goose Creek, South Fork Smith River, Childs Hill, Six Rivers National Forest, Pigeon Roost Spring

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers some great scenery but mainly consists of old mining roads from the 1940's. The sharp rocky routes lead past a small pond and over the ridge, with some spurs leading to old nickel / chromium mines.

There are no real motorcycle trails, and due to the rugged terrain, this place is best explored on an ATV or in a Jeep. Some portions are overgrown from lack of use and there is no designated staging area.

One positive aspect is the abundance of attractive swimming and fishing spots on the Smith River which you'll pass as you approach the area.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityCrescent City, CA
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From: Crescent City, CA
1) Take US-101 north about 2 miles
2) Take exit for US-199 east (Redwood Hwy) about 7 miles
3) Turn right onto South Fork Road, continue .4 miles
4) After crossing bridge veer left CR-427, continue 7.5 miles
5) *Turn right onto FS-16N23 (rough road), continue about 200 yards. Stage anywhere.

Alternate Route (less rocky):
6) Continue past FS-16N23 2.15 miles
7) Veer right onto FS-15N02 (you will see a brown FS sign on the right, turn here), continue 1.1 miles
8) Stage here.

*Note: The alternate route is a gravel road and is a much smoother route. Road FS-16N23 is very rocky.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest, Nat Recreation

RATINGS

Prosfree, beautiful forest scenery
Consno real motorcycle trails, area consists of old and unused rocky jeep trails
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles25
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation550 to 3500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national recreation area has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national recreation area has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national recreation area has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national recreation area has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national recreation area has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of open mine shafts.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-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 WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA 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 CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
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 Aid5-20 Miles (NW)Sutter Coast Hospital (707) 464-8511
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Hiouchi/Chevron
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Hiouchi/Chevron
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Hiouchi Hamlet Market (707) 458-3114
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Hiouchi Hamlet RV Resort (707) 458-3321
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Hiouchi Hamlet RV Resort (707) 458-3321
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (S)Big Flat Campground (707) 457-3131
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Hiouchi Hamlet Market (707) 458-3114
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Craig Beach/River Access
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)Rattlesnake Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (W)Crescent City Public Boat Ramp

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSix Rivers National Forest - Smith River NRA
Highway 199 P.O. Box 228
Gasquet, CA 95543
(707) 457-3131
www.fs.fed.us

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Most of the trails either look like this, or they are overgrown.

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Some terrain at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

If you stay on the main road you'll eventually reach some primitive camping spots but nothing very large.

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OHV at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

"Rattlesnake Lake" is a shallow pond surrounded by a few primitive camping spots.  There is a chance to turn around here.

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike wheelying at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

If you use the second entrance, the main road stays fairly smooth for the first mile or two, but the turns get tighter.

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Scenery from Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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Scenery at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Outstanding views like this can be found along the main road.

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Example of terrain at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

You'll find side trails like this, but they never seem to pan out into anything worthwhile, mostly just looping directly back.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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Scenic view at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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A trail at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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Terrain example at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

Scenery at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

This is the second entrance point, which is smoother.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

OHV at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

You'll cross a bridge on the way to the area.  There are great spots on the river before and after the bridge.

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

As is typical, the further up you go in elevation, the more rocky the trail.

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A trail at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

A trail at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rattlesnake Ridge Area Trail

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