Salmon River

 

CAMPING

Camping – Main Stem Salmon River

Camping – North Fork Salmon River

Camping – South Fork Salmon River

Bigfoot Trail

  1. Bigfoot Trail Alliance
  2. 360 miles through 32 conifer species in the Klamath Mountains
  3. 8 sections of the Trail:
    1. Yolla Bolly – Middle Eel Wilderness = 33.6 miles
    2. Trinity River Region = 65.2 miles
    3. Trinity Alps Wilderness = 57 miles
    4. Russian Wilderness = 14.3 miles
    5. Marble Mountain Wilderness = 60.9 miles
    6. Red Buttes Wilderness = 41.3 miles
    7. Siskiyou Wilderness = 43.8 miles
    8. Redwood Forest Region = 40.3 miles 
  4. List of conifers species on Bigfoot Trail

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English Peak – Marble Mountain Wilderness

  • Recommended Route: North Fork Trail from Mulebridge Campground, up the North Fork of the Salmon River.
    • Trail is recommended for mid to late summer due to high flows at creek crossings.
    • The Garden Gulch and Little North Fork Trails are not recommended.
  • Season: June – October
  • Moderate to Difficult Trail
  • Camping: Idlewild or Mulebridge Campgrounds on North Fork Salmon River

From the Mulebridge Trailhead going up the North Fork Salmon River:

  • 13 miles to Hancock Lake
  • @ ? miles in, Right Hand Fork trail
  • @ 8.5 miles in, Lake of the Island Trail
    • 2 miles each way to Lake of the Island, river crossing, 4,200 feet elevation
    • Lake of The Island: 13 acres, 25 feet deep, 5,600 feet elevation, brook and rainbow trout
  • @ 10.5 miles, Abbott Lake Trail, 2 river crossings past Lake of the Island Trail
    • 1 mile each way climb to lake, river crossing, 4,800 feet elevation
    • Abbott Lake: 8 acres, 20 feet deep, 5,700 feet elevation, brook trout
  • @ 10.5 miles Big Meadows/Big Gulch Trail to Wild Lake, Lake Ethel, Lake Katherine, Horse Range Lake, Wooley Creek
    • 4 miles each way to Wild Lake
    • Wild Lake:
  • @ ? miles, English Lake and Upper English Lake
  • @ miles in, Diamond Lake, Hancock Lake and Little Hancock Lake
  • @ miles in, English Peak Lookout
  • @ miles in, Tom Taylor Cabin
  • @ miles in, turn to Pine Lake
  • @ ? miles in, Hamilton Camp
  • @ miles in, turn off to Clear Lake

To reach Wild Lake directly is 14.5 miles from the Mulebridge Trailhead, not including side visits to Lake Ethel and Lake Katherine:

  • @5.5 miles – Right Hand Fork Trail
  • @8.5 miles – Lake of the Island Trail (+3 miles)
  • @10 miles – Abbott Cabin
  • @10.5 miles – Big Meadows/Big Gulch Trail above Abbott’s Ranch (+2 steep miles)
  • @ 14.5 miles – Wild Lake (+4 steep miles)
  • @ 13.5 miles – Horse Range Lake (+3 steep miles from Abbott Cabin)
  • Exiting Wooley Creek Trail #5832 = 19 miles from junction with Big Meadows Trail from Wild Lake, to the Wooley Creek Trailhead
  • Exiting Marble Rim
    • Big Elk Lake is 7.3 miles from Lover’s Camp Trailhead
  • Exiting Garden Gulch or Little North Fork Trail – not recommended

 

 

Duck Lakes – Russian Wilderness

  • 4 miles to Big Duck Lake, 0.5 miles further to Little Duck Lake
  • 2+ Day Trip

Details:

  • Best season = June to October
  • Moderately strenuous hike
  • Great views to Mount Shasta, Salmon Mountains and Scott Valley
  • Duck Lake Special Interest Area/Botanical Area
    • Known as the Miracle Mile, 17 conifer species are present in the drainage
    • Relic species: Foxtail pine, Englemann spruce, subalpine and Pacific silver fir
  • Approximately 4 hour drive from Eureka, CA on Highway 299 to 3 near Callahan:
    • From Highway 3 between Callahan and Etna, CA
    • Turn west on French Creek Road for 6.7 miles
    • Right on 40N22 for 1 mile
    • Right on 41N14 for 1.3 miles to parking area
  • Hiking to Duck Lakes from Duck Lake Trailhead @ 4800 feet elevation:
    • 4 mile moderate hike from Duck Lake Trailhead to Big Duck Lake
      • Big Duck Lake = 26 acres @ 27 feet deep @ 6400 feet elevation
      • Eastern brook trout and rainbow trout
      • Largest lake in the Russian Wilderness
      •  0.5 mile difficult hike with 700 foot elevation gain to Little Duck LakeLittle Duck Lake = 5 acres @ 18 feet deep @ 6700 feet elevation
        • Eastern brook trout
  • Hiking to Horseshoe Lake:
    • 4 mile moderate hike from Duck Lake Trailhead to Horseshoe Lake
    • 1.5  mile moderate hike from Duck/Eaton Lakes Trail intersection
      • Horseshoe Lake = 6.1 acres @ 21 feet deep @ 6400 feet elevation
      • Eastern brook trout and rainbow trout
  • Hiking to Lipstick Lake:
    • 4 mile difficult hike from Duck Lake Trailhead to Horseshoe Lake
    • 3 mile moderate hike from Music Creek Trailhead to Horseshoe Lake
      • Horseshoe Lake = 1.25 acres @ 9 feet deep @ 6350 feet elevation
      • Eastern brook trout
  • Hiking to Eaton Lakes:
    • 4.5 mile difficult hike from Duck Lake Trailhead to Eaton Lake
    • Approximately 1 mile difficult hike from Duck/Eaton Lakes Trail intersection
      • Eaton Lake = 11 acres @ 27 feet deep @ 6600 feet elevation
      • Trail is steep and hard to follow, not recommended for stock
      • Private property
      • Rainbow trout

Links:

  • Driving Directions – About 4 hours from Eureka, CA via Highway 299 to 3
  • Alternative Scenic Route: Salmon River Road