DescriptionExtending 135 miles south from the Oregon border along the west slope of the Coast Range, Six Rivers National Forest covers almost 990,000 acres; it is named for the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen and Eel rivers.
Various roads access the forest, including SR 96 along the Trinity and Klamath rivers northward from Willow Creek through the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. Much of this region, however, is accessible only on foot or by horseback.
Many recreational opportunities center around water. Rafting and kayaking are especially popular on the Klamath, Trinity and Smith rivers. Trout, steelhead and salmon fishing and deer hunting are other activities.
Within the national forest is Smith River National Recreation Area. More than 65 miles of trails are used by horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers, and wildlife observers can spot such rare and endangered species as bald eagles and peregrine falcons. For information contact the Forest Supervisor, Six Rivers National Forest, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501; phone (707) 442-1721.