Hayfork and Harrison Gulch area Information

South Fork Management Unit (SFMU)

Hayfork and Yolla Bolla Ranger Districts

 Recreation Report

As of February 19 2019



At any given time during the year, forest roads on the SFMU may be impacted by rock fall, fallen trees or branches or other debris. Always be alert, aware and prepared for potentially hazardous driving conditions. During times of inclement weather, these hazards are more pronounced and you may also encounter deep snow, ruts, mudslides, ice, and other hazards. Carry safety (shovel, chains, etc.) and emergency equipment (blankets, water, extra food) in your car at all times and know an alternate route to and from your destination. Use caution and turn around if the driving conditions become uncomfortable to you. There are many places on the SFMU with no cell phone service, so keep that in mind as you plan your route and adventure.

At the date of this report, both districts on the SFMU have received a good deal of snow on the valley floors. Many areas around, especially at higher elevations, have received several feet of snow and are impassible, such as South Fork Mountain, Indian Valley, the Dubakellas, Big Creek Road (Road 16), roads going north out of Hyampom, and areas off of Hwy 36 near the Harrison Gulch Ranger Station, even with 4WD vehicles. (Call the Hayfork or Harrison Gulch Ranger Station for current conditions, numbers listed below.) Forest roads on the SFMU are not winter maintained.

Some trails that prohibit motorized vehicles are being damaged from such use. Be sure to consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the Hayfork and Yolla Bolla Districts to make sure you are riding/driving in an area that is designated for such use. MVUMs can be found at - https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/stnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5407356


The following developed campgrounds on the SFMU are closed for the season

  • Forest Glen
  • Hell Gate
  • Basin Gulch
  • Philpot, previously designated a campground, is now designated a picnic area and is closed and locked for the season.

While dispersed camps/sites and the other campgrounds listed below remain accessible and/or open for the winter season, there is no trash pick-up and the facilities are not cleaned/maintained or they are locked. All camps and campgrounds could be inaccessible due to snow or other hazardous conditions during the winter months, but this is particularly true for those at higher elevations. Please be sure to take your trash with you when you leave if you access any of these sites.

  • Big Slide
  • Slide Creek
  • Scott Flat
  • Shiell Gulch
  • Deer Lick Springs (road to campground may be accessible this time of the year)

Roads to the following sites are inaccessible during snow and winter conditions.

  • White Rock
  • Beegum Gorge
  • Tomhead Saddle
  • Pickett Peak

Forest Glen Guard Station (recreational rental cabin)

Closed for the season. The cabin will re-open Saturday, April 13, 2018. Reservations can be made up to six (6) months in advance at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234405.

Post Creek Guard Station (recreational rental cabin)

Closed for the season. The cabin will re-open Saturday, May 18, 2018. Reservations can be made up to six (6) months in advance at https://www.recreation.gov/.


Hiking trails on the SFMU remain open year round unless there are forest closures in effect. Currently, no forest closures are in effect on the district. Currently the majority of the trails on the SFMU will be inaccessible or difficult to access due to snowy and other hazardous conditions and all streams and creeks will flowing swiftly and the water will be high.

Some trails may not be accessible at all if roads area blocked by snow or other hazards. Trails may be covered in snow or ice during the winter months, be muddy, and potentially be impassible due to debris or downed trees. Plan accordingly: Take traction devices (e.g., microspikes, hiking poles, snowshoes, etc.) for hiking in the snow and ice, be prepared for water crossings, and take a map (and/or a GPS navigation device) for wayfinding at places where the trails are overgrown or otherwise difficult to locate. Remember to take plenty of water, food, light, extra batteries, and make sure to layer your clothing to meet different weather conditions while on the trails.

South Fork National Recreation Trail

The swinging foot bridge at the Scott Flat Trailhead is temporarily closed pending maintenance. Please access the trailhead off of the 1S26 Road (call the Hayfork Ranger Station for directions, number listed below). Do not park in front of the gate at the beginning of the trailhead. There is no bridge at Farley Creek necessitating a water crossing. The bridges at Collins and Marie Creeks are in disrepair and a water crossing may be necessary. Having received quite a bit of precipitation so far this year in the form of both rain and snow, these creeks are likely not crossable at this time due to swift and high water. Always use caution and judgement before any water crossing and turn around if you aren’t comfortable and confident.

Bear Creek Trail

The Bear Creek Trail is open and the trailhead is accessible, but there will be snow on the trail and debris, branches, and trees on and across the trail. About a mile up the trail it will be necessary to cross Bear Creek. During and after storms, the confluence of Bear Creek and Hayfork Creek can become deep and very swift when the water surges. Use caution and judgment before crossing, or, turn around.  

East Tule Trail

East Tule Trail is likely inaccessible due to snow on the road leading to the trailhead. With more snow currently in the forecast, use caution if attempting to access. Be prepared for a water crossings at points on the trail, and snow and debris/trees across the trail. At certain points, the trail is overgrown and difficult to locate, especially in the snow.

Chanchellula Wilderness

Trails into the Chanchellula Wilderness are not currently accessible due to snow and other prohibitive road conditions. There are places on the trail from Potato Creek where it is overgrown and difficult to locate, especially in snow.

Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness

Trails in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness are inaccessible due to snow on the roadways. Some trails and roads in the area of Black Rock Lake and Black Rock Mountain in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness were affected by the Buck Fire in fall of 2017. Be cautious when hiking in these areas when they become accessible.


For more information on roads or trails on the SFMU, please call the Hayfork Ranger Station at (530) 628-5227 or the Harrison Gulch Ranger Station at (530) 352-4211.

Campfire Permits

Remember that campfire permits are required year round for fires or to run camping or backpacking stoves anywhere on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (and other national forests in California). Permits expire on December 31st of the year they were issued. You can get a free campfire permit by visiting any Forest Service ranger station in California, or by visiting http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/. Remember to check for any current campfire restrictions before you visit any national forest.