Special Places

There are many truly special places on the Modoc National Forest. Some become "special" by virtue of their scenic beauty or the diversity of the flora and fauna found there. Others have historically always rated this designation. And finally, some places become special because of shared good times and happy memories. As you explore more of the forest, we hope you discover and enjoy many special places.

South Warner Wilderness

The Summit Trail runs along the top of the ridge with views of the valleys to the east and west.The South Warner Wilderness of the Modoc National Forest is located in the southeast section of the Warner Mountain Ranger District and is 18 miles long by 8 miles wide. The Wilderness has very steep slopes on the east side and moderate slopes on the west. A variety of vegetation adorns the area from high desert sagebrush and juniper to high alpine terrain.

This wilderness offers picturesque vistas and the highest peaks in northeast California. All of Modoc County, much of Lassen County, and the Black Rock Desert in Northwestern Nevada are visible from higher areas. Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen can be seen in the eastern panorama.

The South Warner Wilderness has ample opportunities for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. It offers snowcapped peaks, mountain meadows, sparkling streams, trout fishing amid scenic grandeur, a profusion of colorful flowers and shrubs, countless birds and small animals as well as bear, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, antelope and the rare but occasional big horn sheep.

Medicine Lake Highlands

The view across the Medicine Highlands from a tall peak.The Medicine Lake Highlands volcanic area exceeds 200 square miles in Modoc and Siskiyou counties, and takes in portions of three National Forests: Modoc, Klamath and Shasta/Trinity. Medicine Lake Highlands is one of the most unique geological areas in North America.

Some of the most popular features include Medicine Lake, Glass Mountain, Burnt Lava Flow, Medicine Lake Glass Flow and Undertakers Crater. Just north of Doorknob Snowmobile Park is the Lava Beds National Monument with lighted lava tube caves, a visitor center and guided walks and tours.

The Devil's Garden

Small herd of Wild horses on late summer pasture.The Devil’s Garden is an expansive prehistoric lava flow, with areas of sparse vegetation, rough broken lava rock, juniper trees, and sagebrush flats in a semi-arid region covering about a half-million acres. The higher elevations produce dense forests of ponderosa and lodgepole pine. While it’s dry most of the year, in the early spring it often looks like the “land of lakes” as all of its water holes fill. The farther north you travel, the Garden’s dryness gives way to conifer forests and is home to some of the biggest mule deer in the area. It is also home to wild horse bands which are managed jointly by the Modoc National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management.

Mill Creek Falls

Water pours down Mill Creek Falls over 100 feet.Bring your camera and some good walking shoes and trek the short 1/4 mile from Mill Creek Falls Campground to the overlook for Mill Creek Falls. Dogs on leash from the parking lot to the falls please.

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