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Elk Camp Ridge Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Six Rivers National Forest, Patrick Creek, Old Gasquet Toll Road, Cold Spring Mountain, Holiday Road, Gasquet Mountain, Eighteen Mile Creek, Middle Fork Smith River, Trail 2E04, Smith River Canyon

Last Known StatusOpen

This very challenging single track trail was once an old pack train/mining road used during the late 1800's that connected the outskirts of Crescent City to the gold mines of southern Oregon. The trail is slightly over eight miles long but has some long steep climbs and descents, loose chunk rock and a few sharp switchbacks, making it geared for the more experianced rider.

There are two trailheads but the preferred acess point is the southern staging area located off Old Gasquet Toll Road. The northern trailhead is located off Patricks Creek Road but can be easy to miss. The trail can be used to access nearby High Dome Trail, and when combined with the surrounding forest service roads, this area can offer provide several long loop options.

Camping is permitted at the lower trailhead but there are plenty of campsites off Hwy 199 and Patricks Creek Road. Overall, this area is best explored on a street legal dual sport motorcycle. The trail is open year-round but may be inaccessible during the winter months. Call before you haul.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 WidthYes (40 inches)narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
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
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityGasquet, CA
AddressOld Gasquet Toll Road, Gasquet, CA 95543
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Crescent City, CA
1) Take US-199 East about 20 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto Middle Fork Gasquet Road, continue .3 miles
3) Veer right onto Gasquet Road, continue .5 miles
4) Veer right (south) onto County Road 314/Old Gasquet Toll Road, continue 2.4 miles
5) Staging area and trailhead is on the left (north).


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


Elk Camp Ridge Trail Photo

Elk Camp Ridge Trail

This is the northern trailhead located off Old Gasquet Toll Road. If you go pass this point 1.5 miles you will reach the High Dome Trailhead.


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Approx Size9,600 acres (15 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail8
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2100 to 3700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly 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 little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
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
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Chevron (707) 458-3114
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Chevron (707) 458-3114
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Panther Flat Campground (707) 442-1721
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 (SE)Panther Flat Campground (707) 442-1721
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Gasquet Market (707) 457-3312
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