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The Middle South Fork Trail is a delightful 5.3 mile hike, passing through a mixed conifer forest interspersed with sheltering stands of old-growth Douglas-fir. This hike provides picnicking, as well as fishing for brook trout.
Beginning on Forest Service Road #37, the trail gradually descends along the river, crossing several small creeks. The observant hiker can enjoy several species of wildlife along the river and side streams including deer, pileated woodpeckers, and water ouzels (dippers). Evidence of past beaver activity can be seen in several of the logjams that cross the river. Huckleberries are abundant on the upper reaches of the trail. This is an excellent hike for the entire family!Directions
(Middle South Fork Trail, Road #37) From Butte Falls, travel east for 1 mile to the Prospect- Butte Falls Highway. Turn left and proceed north 8.5 miles to Forest Service Road #34 (Lodgepole Road). Turn right and continue 8.1 miles to the signed large parking area on the right, located approximately 1/4 mile after crossing the lower bridge. This is the northern terminus of the trail.
(Upper South Fork Trail, Road #37) To reach the upper trailhead, continue on Forest Service Road #34 approximately 1/4 mile to the junction of Forest Service Road #37. Turn right and go 5.6 miles. The trailhead is located in the large parking area on the right, prior to crossing the bridge.
A delightful trail passing through a mixed conifer forest interspersed with sheltering stands of old-growth Douglas-fir.