- The Doublehead Ranger District includes the northwest portion of Modoc National Forest. The District features some awesome geological features including Medicine Lake Lava Flow. In your travels through this district, you will see most of the rim volcanoes, including Mt. Hoffman, Medicine Mountain, Badger Peak, Grouse Hill, Red Shale Butte, Glass Mountain, and Lyons Peak. There are many camping opportunities around many of the lakes. Medicine Lake is one of those lakes which has many activities in close proximity.
Recreation - There are many geological features that make for great viewing. If you obtain the proper permit, you are allowed to collect some of the obsidian that is around some of the lava flows. The lakes provide a plethora of recreation opportunities including camping, fishing, swimming, and waterskiing. There are hiking trails and auto tours of the area.
Climate - The variable climate ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, severe, moderately wet winters. Temperatures range from highs of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks intermittently each summer, although they can drop to below freezing every month of the year. Winter temperatures reach as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit, although common daytime temperatures rise to the 30's and 40's. Approximately 13 inches of annual precipitation falls primarily as rain and about 25% as snow. Prevailing southwest breezes below daily clearing the air and bringing frequent weather changes.
Snow usually closes much of the Doublehead Ranger District between mid-November thru mid-June. During this time, an average of 10 feet of snow limited access by all but over-the-show vehicles and cross-country skiing.
The Doublehead Ranger District includes the northwestern portion of the Forest. It surrounds Clear Lake and Lava Beds National Monument. It contains the Medicine Lake Highlands Area. The district also shares borders with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.