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1,671,053 acres. Klamath National Forest is made up of two large units in northern California, near or alongside the Oregon border. On these lands are portions of several mountain ranges, with elevations from under 1,000 feet to over 8,500 feet.

There are precipitous peaks, glacier-carved bowls, and rocky canyons here, along with several rivers, and many lakes and streams. Forests are of mixed conifers, with ponderosa pine and old-growth fir, plus some hardwoods.

Also included are large areas of grasslands, and some mountain meadows. Elk, antelope, wild horse, black bear, mule and black-tailed deer, wolverine, and fox are among the wildlife.

The forest has three designated wilderness areas: the 242,000-acre Marble Mountain Wilderness, 15,000 acres of the 500,000-acre Trinity Alps

Wilderness, and the 12,000-acre Russian Wilderness.

Activities: More than 1,100 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking, including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 113). Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Higb-elevation trails may be under snow until July-

Horseback riding is allowed on most trails, and mountain biking is possible on many trails outside of wilderness areas. Some routes are designated for cross-country skiing in winter.

White-water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are available on the Salmon, Scott, and Klamath Rivers. Canoes, kayaks, and rafts may be rented nearby. It’s also possible to fish along the many creeks and lakes, and hunting is permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Except where posted otherwise, camping is allowed throughout the National Forest. A fire permit is necessary if one wishes to make a campfire or use a stove during the fire season.

A wilderness permit is required for the Trinity Alps Wilderness but not the Marble Mountain or Russian Wilderness areas. Campsites should be at least 100 feet from water sources and away from trails.

For Further Information: Klamath National Forest, 1312 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097; (916)842-6131.

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