DescriptionCovering about 1,726,000 acres in northern California with a small segment also extending into Oregon, Klamath National Forest is characterized by rugged forested ridges, rushing rivers and high mountain lakes and streams. Much of this scenic area is included in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and Trinity Alps Wilderness, which are accessible only by trail. Vehicular traffic is prohibited in wilderness areas. Hunting, fishing and white-water rafting opportunities are available.
Good fishing spots abound, and the forest is a prime location for anglers in search of steelhead and salmon. Trout fishing is popular in creeks and high mountain lakes. Outdoor enthusiasts also can camp, hike, horseback ride, ski and snowmobile.
Marble Mountain Guest Ranch, 92520 SR 96, offers a family-oriented dude ranch experience that combines cowboy-style trail riding and other traditional ranch activities with whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly fishing and jet boating on the Lower Klamath River. From Eureka, take SR 299 east to Willow Creek, then SR 96 north past Somes Bar to Siskiyou County mile post 7.6. Drive time from Eureka is about 2 1/2 hours. The ranch is open to visitors from April through November; phone (530) 469-3322 or (800) 552-6284.
Klamath River Highway and forest roads and trails provide access to the region. For information contact the Forest Supervisor, Klamath National Forest, 1711 S. Main St., Yreka, CA 96097-9549; phone (530) 842-6131.