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Klamath National Forest

The Klamath National Forest lies along the border of California and Oregon; most of the Forest is in California. With elevations that range from 900 to 9,000 feet above sea level, the Forest is truly one of America’s most biologically diverse regions.

In the lower elevations, you'll find park-like stands of Ponderosa Pine trees, while in the higher elevations, the Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and mixed conifer stands beg to be explored.

There are 200 miles of river system for rafting and 152 miles of wild and Scenic Rivers. The Forest provides a detailed directory of water-related information in its River Center, including pictures of rapids, as well asriver maps to help with your trip.

In addition, Klamath National Forest offers 28 campgrounds, hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

With the Klamath, Salmon and Scott Rivers meandering from one end of the Forest to the other, recreationists have found a wet and wild playground. This beautiful Forest is a haven for campers, hikers, wildlife watchers, hunters, fishermen, mountains bikers, white water enthusiasts and naturalists.

The Klamath has a handful of Wilderness Areas that offer unique settings for solitude and recreation. The Marble Mountain, Russian, and Trinity-Alps Wilderness areas are all within the boundaries of the Klamath National Forest. Trailheads are numerous, and hikes range from easy to arduous.

The winter is a wonderful time to visit the Klamath and enjoy snowmobiling and cross country skiing.

First-timer’s Adventure

The trail to Taylor Lake is an easy walk! Fishing for eastern brook trout is best early and late in the season.

This trail is designed to accommodate families with young children, elderly less-mobile visitors, and physically challenged of all ages. Wheelchairs are permitted in the wilderness; those with wider tires are recommended as the trail surface is packed earth and the gradient is 1% to 2%.

Statistics

State(s):

California, Oregon

Nearest Large Urban Area(s):

San Francisco, Sacremento

Notes and Conditions:

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.