Description - The Red Buttes is located within the Siskiyou Mountain portion of the Klamath Mountains Geologic Province. The area is characterized by steep ridges and mountains and is dominated by Red Buttes (6,739 feet) and Kangaroo Mountain (6,694 feet), the highest peaks in the area. The rocks of the Red Buttes Wilderness are quite ancient, the oldest dating back somewhere between 180 and 400 million years ago! Most of the vegetation is in a natural condition, unaffected by human activity, except for some areas at lakeshores, campsites and grazing areas. The Red Buttes contains higher elevation trails into remote canyons with steep ridges. On clear days, you can see Mt. Shasta to the south in California. The majority of this Wilderness is managed by the Rogue River National Forest.
- The Red Buttes Wilderness features old-growth forests, small meadows, extensive brushfields and rocky, open slopes - all with an abundance of plant species that are endemic to the Siskiyou Mountains. The rocks of the Red Buttes Wilderness are quite ancient, the oldest dating back somewhere between 180 and 400 million years ago!
Recreation - Activities include hiking, camping, fishing and horseback riding.
Climate - The Coast Range is a temperate rain forest with an annual rainfall ranging from 60 inches to over 100 inches at higher elevations. Rainfall occurs mostly from October through June. The coastal climate is affected strongly by the Pacific Ocean. Temperatures near the coast seldom exceed 75 degrees in the summer and snow is rare in the winter. Inland, the ocean influence diminishes and summer temperatures reach the 80s and 90s, and snowfall is common in the higher elevations in the winter.
The Siskiyou Mountains are situated at a latitude that is subjected to weather of both arctic and tropical origin. Snow and rain are common in the winter, and summer temperatures can vary considerably depending on the origin of storm patterns.
Located in the Rogue River National Forest and the southeast corner of the Siskiyou National Forest, the Red Buttes Wilderness can be accessed from Forest Service Roads 098, 041, 570 and 1030.