SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST
Located in the southwest corner of Oregon, this National Forest includes the Siskiyou Mountains, with rugged canyons and rock outcroppings, mountain meadows, numerous creeks, small lakes, and some riversamong them the Rogue and Illinois, both of which are National Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Highest elevation here is 7,055-foot Grayback Mountain. The forests are of mixed conifers and hardwoods, with old-growth Douglas fir and redwood. Wildlife includes elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, and gray fox.
Siskiyou National Forest has four designated wilderness areas: portions of the 179, 000-acre Kal-miopsis Wilderness and the 20, 234-acre Red Buttes Wilderness, the 36, 000-acre Wild Rogue Wilderness, and the 17, 200-acre Grassy Knob Wilderness.
Activities: Over 375 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking. Included are the 40-mile Rogue River Trail and the 27-mile Illinois River Trail.
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Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. Horses are allowed on many trails, as are mountain bikes outside of wilderness areas.
White-water rafting is possible on the Rogue and Illinois Rivers, with permits required to float these two rivers from June 1-September 15. Fishing is also feasible alongside the rivers, streams, and lakes. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout this National Forest, except near public recreation areas or where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary. Campfires may be built but stoves are recommended. Campsites should be well away from meadows and trails.
For Further Information: Siskiyou National Forest, 200 N.E. Greenfield Road, P.O. Box 440, Grants Pass, OR 97526; (503)479-5301.