Gasquet Mountain Road – FSR 17N49

Total Miles
7.0

Elevation

770.99 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

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Trail Overview

Gasquet Mountain Road (GMR) is just one of many routes available to access the beautiful Six Rivers National Forest. GMR is a single-lane gravel road that will reveal stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The road surface will change periodically from packed small gravel to loose softball size rocks. The width of the road alternates from narrow (one vehicle) to wide (two vehicles) quite often. Between Gasquet Mountain and US-199 plan on taking it slow due to blind corners and narrow sections of the road. The road can be steep at times. Most steep sections are rutted which can easily be straddled with an SUV or high clearance 4x4 vehicle. Cell phone service is spotty, even with a vehicle cell booster.

Difficulty

Some sections of the road's surface are uneven, rutted, and have loose gravel. Most steep sections are rutted which can easily be straddled with an SUV or high clearance 4x4 vehicle. It is a single-lane road with places to pass. Caution should be taken if traveling this road after heavy rain due to potential washouts.

History

Gasquet Mountain is best known for being a Nickel Mine. The town of Gasquet was a critical supply village during the California gold rush.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

Gasquet Mountain Road (GMR) connects US-199 to the scenic Low Divide Road. The south entrance to GMR is located at mile marker 10 on US-199, just outside the town of Gasquet, CA. The north entrance to GMR can be accessed by both HWY-101 and US-197. From HWY-101, take Rowdy Creek Road approximately 8 miles. From US-197, take Low Divide Road (305) approximately 11.5 miles. *note: Rowdy Creek Road will merge into Low Divide Road.