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.
The Darlingtonia Trail has a maximum elevation of 602 ft (184 m), a minimum elevation of 588 ft (179 m), and an elevation gain of 538 ft (164 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Darlingtonia Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|468||0.2 mi||588 ft||602 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|5 min||0.0||538 ft||577 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|5 min||0.0||577 ft||538 ft|
The length of the Darlingtonia Trail is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) or 468 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Darlingtonia Trail in 5 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Darlingtonia Trail topo maps 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.
Yes, and it's free! The Darlingtonia Trail is located on the Gasquet topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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