Six Rivers National Forest offers nearly one million acres of forest for your enjoyment, relaxation, and exploration. Within a six-hour drive north of the Bay Area, you can experience the solitude of hiking in the wilderness on over 100 miles of trails, enjoy camping near others in developed campgrounds, or the solitude of camping in the back country. The forest is also a prime location for plenty of world-class fishing as well as the home to one of most barrier-free fishing locations in the Nation.
Update 6/16/2014: All roads leading to the trailhead are open and free of snow and other obstructions. Two trees are down across the trail, easily walked around or stepped over. If you hike to the lake, please report trail condition to the Smith River NRA, 707-457-3131. Thank you.
Update 6/10/2014: Seasonal gates are open on Road 16/16N02 (Ship Mountain Road). 16N03 (Fox Ridge Road) and 16N02 from the intersection of 16N03 to 17N05 (Jawbone Road) were bladed and cleared of rocks on 6/9/14. Road 16N02 from Fox Ridge Road down to Big Flat has not been bladed but is reported to be relatively free of rocks. Roads 16N18 and 15N34 leading to the Gunbarrel trailhead (off of 16N02) have been cleared of rocks and trees by hand.
Update 6/16/2014: All roads leading to the trailhead are open and free of snow and other obstructions. Trail was reported free of obstructions as of 6/16/2014. If you hike the trail, please report adverse conditions to the Smith River NRA, 707-457-3131. Thank you.
Update 6/27/2014: All roads leading to the trailhead are open and free of snow. Trail is open but has not been maintained in several years. Condition as reported by member of the public on 6/27/2014: many trees down, requiring detours around them; lots of brush almost blocking the trail up on top and heading down; after river crossing trail is rocky, steep, and in need of switchbacks; trail has slid out in an area of loose rock on a 40% slope about 1/2 mile before the lake.
Trail has since been located and flagged; maintenance is scheduled for this year.
If you hike to the lake, please report trail condition to the Smith River NRA, 707-457-3131. Thank you.
The spectacular Klamath River is both the second largest and second longest river in California. The river makes its way through over 200 miles both the Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges offering many recreation opportunities to its visitors. Summer months bring rafters to the area and jet boat rides are offered out of the town of Klamath. The river is renowned for its fishing opportunities of Chinook (King Salmon), coho (Silver Salmon), and steelhead. The river is easily accessible off of Highway 96. Several ramps exist to provide easy launching for your boat.