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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo 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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