Darlingtonia Trail

Smith River National Recreation Area
Located 16.1 miles from Crescent City, California (CA)
4 Stars
468 Steps 1  (0.2 mi)

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 Darlingtonia Trail has a maximum elevation of 602 ft (184 m), a minimum elevation of 588 ft (179 m), and an elevation range of 14 ft (4 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4680.2 mi588 ft602 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5 min0.911 ft12 ft
[ B to A ]
5 min1.012 ft11 ft

What is the length of the Darlingtonia Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) or 468 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Darlingtonia Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 5 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: High Divide, CA
  2. North Topo Map: High Plateau Mountain, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Shelly Creek Ridge, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Hiouchi, CA
  5. Topo Map: Gasquet, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Hurdygurdy Butte, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Childs Hill, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Canthook Mountain, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Ship Mountain, CA

Is there a Darlingtonia trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Darlingtonia Trail is located on the Gasquet topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.