Darlingtonia Trail
Smith River National Recreation Area

Located 16.1 miles from Crescent City, California

4 Stars

The Darlingtonia Trail is located on California's highway 199, at mile post 17.9 in the Smith River National Recreation Area. This short botanical trail leads to a wooden platform that overlooks the Darlingtonia Bog. Darlingtonia, also known as the Pitcher Plant (darlingtonia californica) is a rare plant that grows in northern California and southwestern Oregon and looks a little bit like a hooded cobra with fangs; the plant traps insects and other small organisms within this hood for nutrients. Please do not pick the plants; illegal collecting and loss of wetlands habitat have severely reduced the number of these plants growing in the wild.

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The length of the Darlingtonia Trail in Smith River National Recreation Area is 0.2 miles and requires around 6 minutes to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 602 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 0.1 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 0.1 miles.



The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the Darlingtonia Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


Topo Maps

Gasquet Topo Map: Download the free Darlingtonia Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Smith River National Recreation Area topographic maps.

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