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 Mountains

North Fork Trail from Mulebridge Campground, up the North Fork of the Salmon River. The Garden Gulch and Little North Fork Trails are not recommended. Trail is recommended for mid to late summer due to high flows at creek crossings.

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)

English peak

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

  • 13 miles to Hancock Lake
  • @ 8.5 miles in, Lake of the Island Trail = 2 miles each way to lake, river crossing
    • 13 acres, 25 feet deep, 5,600 feet elevation, brook and rainbow trout
  • @ 10.5 miles, Abbott Lake Trail = 1 mile each way climb to lake, river crossing
    • 8 acres, 20 feet deep, 5700 feet elevation, brook trout
  • @ 10.5 miles Big Meadows/Big Gulch Trail to Wild Lake = 4 miles to Wild Lake
  • @ 14.5 miles Wild Lake

 

  • 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