Grays Falls, a Day Use Picnic Area and River Access Site, is located on the eastern edge of the Six Rivers National Forest and along the Trinity River in Trinity County, California. The Trinity River was designated a Wild and Scenic River by Congress in 1981. This major tributary of California’s Klamath River is located in heavily forested, mountainous terrain. The Trinity is noted for its salmon and steelhead fishery resources as well as its attraction to rafters, kayakers and canoers.
Located between Burnt Ranch on the east and Hawkins Bar on the west, Grays Falls is accessed by a narrow and winding Forest Service Road, 6N56, a right hand turn when heading west on State Highway 299.
The Day Use Area at Grays Falls has an accessible vault toilet and five to six picnic tables. There is also a trail (0.5 mile) from the picnic area to the river. An old road leaves from the Day Use Area and leads to an overlook where one can get a great view of the falls and the river. Activities include fishing, swimming, hiking, wildlife watching, and exploring the scenic Six Rivers National Forest.
Although the trail down Gray Falls is steep and on the long side when carrying a boat and not recommended for rafts or canoes, this is a popular put-in point for novice kayakers. The river downstream of Grays Falls is rated as Class II to III and there are numerous options for put-ins and take-outs along this stretch. The popular access points with approximate mileage markers downriver are Hawkins Bar (3), Tunnel Flat (7), Confluence of the South Fork (11), Camp Kimtu (16.5), Big Rock (17.5), and Tish Tang Campground (27). For more experienced kayakers running the Burnt Ranch Gorge (Class V run), Grays Falls is a common alternative take-out to Hawkins Bar. For more information on boating the Trinity River, go to http://www.dbw.ca.gov/, follow the Publications link, and “A Boating Trail Guide to the Trinity River” is listed under T.
Grays Falls is accessible year round, except for short periods during the winter when the road is not recommended for travel.
Caution should be taken at high flows, especially during the spring snowmelt and at times when releases from the dam upriver are high for river restoration. Go to the Trinity River Restoration Program website (http://www.trrp.net/water/index.htm) for current information about river flows.
For More Information, Contact:
Lower Trinity Ranger District, Six Rivers National Forest
580 Highway 96, Post Office Box 68, Willow Creek, CA 95573
(530) 629-2118 · fax (530) 629-2102