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Smith River National Recreation Area
Six Rivers National Forest, California

After years of relentless logging the upper Smith River was beginning to look pretty badly chopped up, with square clearcuts and a dense network of logging roads right to the ridgetops. But then federal policy changed and the entire area, though still part of Six Rivers National Forest, is now managed for recreation and resource protection, rather than multiple use that emphasized logging.

The South Fork of the Smith River is a famous steelhead stream, and an exceptionally beautiful one too. An historic route, the Kelsey Trail, runs through here - built in the 1850's by Chinese labor to connect Fort Smith to the coast, it is now restored as a National Recreation Trail.

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South Fork Smith River

South Fork Smith River

The beautiful South Fork of the Smith River near Craigs Beach access

Smith River National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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South Fork Smith Canyon

South Fork Smith Canyon

Huge landlsides of blue clay and serpentinite rock make highway maintenance difficult along the South Fork of the Smith River

Smith River National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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On the G-O Road

On the G-O Road

Near the dead-end of the northern section of the Gasquet-Orleans Road, deep in the Sikiyou Mountains

Gasquet-Orleans Road, Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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