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

Lost Coast Trail

NORTHERN LOST COAST TRAIL

  • 24.8 miles along the Pacific Ocean north of Shelter Cove
  • Mattole Beach to Black Sand Beach in Shelter Cover
  • 3-4 days each way
  • Usually hiked north to south for wind reasons

SOUTHERN LOST COAST TRAIL

  • 22.1 miles along the Pacific Ocean south of Shelter Cove
  • Needle Rock Beach  to Usal Beach
  • 3-4 days each way
  • Usually hiked north to south for wind reasons

 

 

 

Wilderness

Wilderness areas in Northwestern California:

  1. Castle Crags Wilderness
  2. Chanchelulla Wilderness
  3. Elkhorn Ridge Wilderness
  4. King Range Wilderness
  5. Marble Mountain Wilderness
  6. Mount Lassic Wilderness
  7. Mount Shasta Wilderness
  8. North Fork Wilderness
  9. Red Buttes Wilderness
  10. Russian Wilderness
  11. Sanhedrin Wilderness
  12. Sinkyone Wilderness
  13. Siskiyou Wilderness
  14. Snow Mountain Wilderness
  15. South Fork Eel Wilderness
  16. Trinity Alps Wilderness
  17. Underwood Wilderness
  18. Yolla Bolly – Middle Eel Wilderness
  19. Yuki Wilderness

Wilderness areas in Southwestern Oregon:

Lost Coast

The Lost Coast is a rugged coastal wilderness that feels like an escape to another world. As the longest undeveloped coastal region in the contiguous US, you can hike along the ocean for days.

 

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