Description - The Klamath National Forest of northwest California offers backcountry solitude, clear streams and lakes, and portions of the Klamath River.
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Black Marble, Klamath National Forest
The Klamath offers 200 miles of river system for rafting and 152 miles of designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Wild and Scenic Rivers include the Klamath, the Salmon, the Scott and several tributary creeks.
- The Klamath National Forest encompasses five designated Wilderness Areas: Marble Mountain, Russian, Trinity Alps, Red Buttes, and Siskiyou. For breathtaking panoramic views (including Mt. Shasta) take the time to climb to the top of any ridge. Pristine alpine and glacial lakes with granite backdrops make peaceful, quiet camping places after long hikes. A visitor permit is required in the Trinity Alps, and there are no quotas in any of the wildernesses. To avoid snow, plan your trip for the summer months.
Recreation - The Klamath National Forest offers a full variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. On the Klamath you can fish in over 200 miles of rivers and streams, enjoy a stay in a campground, or hike into the backcountry seeking pristine solitude in five different wilderness areas. You can swim near a sandy beach or wade into cold clear streams cooling your feet while lost in the beauty of nature, raft the exciting and breathtaking Klamath River, or canoe one of the many gorgeous lakes. You can ride a horse, a mountain bike or a snowmobile.
Climate - The climate on the Klamath is influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.
The Klamath National Forest is located in northern California, with a small portion in southern Oregon. The Forest lies around the California towns of Yreka, Fort Jones, Etna, Klamath River, Happy Camp, and Orleans and Macdoel, with Forest Service offices in each of these towns.