Special Places

Siskiyou Wilderness

Sunset over a ridge line with Harvey Broome Quote

 

The Siskiyou Wilderness is located 10 miles north of Happy Camp, California. The Siskiyou Wilderness is cooperatively managed by three National Forests: the Six Rivers, Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou. Information about this wilderness can be found at wilderness.net, a website jointly managed by the University of Montana and the four federal agencies that manage Wilderness.

Siskiyou Wilderness-Regulations and Permits

The wilderness.net website lists the current regulations for this wilderness.

Wilderness permits are not required for trips into the Siskiyou Wilderness. A California Campfire Permit is required and can be obtained at any Forest Service or Cal-Fire office in California.

Siskiyou Wilderness Safety

Wilderness, by its very nature, has inherent risks. Help may be hours or even days away. You may not be able to rely on a cell phone for communication. Remember, wilderness safety is YOUR responsibility.

A few tips to remember when planning your wilderness trip, as well as some of the things to keep in mind while on your hike:

  • Always leave an itinerary of your hike with family or friends, and stick to it.
  • Before your trip learn about the hazards you may encounter and take adequate precautions. Select appropriate clothing and equipment. Always hike with a companion. Choose a trail that matches the skill level of your party.
  • Know your own limitations, and the abilities and weaknesses of your hiking companions. Plan your route and rate of travel around the weakest member. Make sure that each member of your party knows what gear the others have packed.
  • Track your location using map and compass or GPS. If you encounter trouble, do not be afraid to turn back. Wilderness maps are available online at the National Forest Store or some of these Klamath National Forest Offices.
  • During bad weather like rain, snow, and fog, you may be safer if you stay put rather than attempt to travel.
  • Bring a good first aid kit with adequate supplies for your party size and type. Know basic first aid skills.
  • Know how to identify Poison Oak and stay away from it.
  • If you encounter a rattlesnake, avoid it by traveling at least two body lengths away from it. Never attempt to kill a rattlesnake, as this would increase your danger of being bitten.
  • Filter or treat all water used for drinking.

Siskiyou Wilderness Trails on the Klamath National Forest

The Siskiyou Wilderness contains many lower elevation settings that can be accessed for recreation year round, providing opportunities typically not available elsewhere. There are over 100 miles of trails in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Some of these trails are steep, little used paths, while others are well maintained routes. The amount of maintenance depends on the use patterns, wilderness preservation objectives, available funds, and volunteers. On some trails, don't be surprised if you are forced to make some detours around logs and other obstacles throughout the year. Trail signs in wilderness areas are intentionally kept to a minimum to enhance the wilderness experience, so a good topographical map is a must. Wilderness maps are available online at the National Forest Store or at some of these Klamath National Forest offices.

Doe Flat Trailhead
 -Doe Flat Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Devil’s Punchbowl Trail
 -Clear Creek National Recreation Trail

Young’s Peak Trailhead
 -Young’s Valley Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Clear Creek National Recreation Trail
 -Poker Flat Trail
 -Raspberry Lake Trail
 -East Fort Illinois River Trail (on Wild Rivers District of Rogue/Siskiyou NF)

Poker Flat Trailhead
 -Poker Flat Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -Young’s Valley Trail
 -Kelly Lake-Poker Flat Trail
 -Raspberry Lake Trail
 -Black Butte Trail (on Wild Rivers District of Rogue/Siskiyou NF)

Kelly Lake Trailhead
 -Kelly Lake
 -Poker Flat Trail

No Mans Trailhead
 -Clear Creek National Recreation Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -West Fork Clear Creek Trail

Elbow Springs Trailhead
 -Kelsey National Recreation Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -West Fork Clear Creek Trail

Dillon Creek Campground
 -Dillon Creek Trail
Intersecting Trails
 -West Fork Clear Creek Trail
 

Other Wilderness Areas on the Klamath.





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