Northern California’s Klamath region is a wild and rugged country, for city folks thinking about visiting, especially during the wet winters. Call ahead to local ranger stations to find out if the roads are indeed open and if 4×4 is required. Always check the weather forecast and do not expect cell phone coverage in this remote, steep, narrow, river canyon landscape. Rock slides and landslides are quite common, therefore you should be well prepared to spend the night in your vehicle. Pack warm clothes, blankets, flashlights, food and drinking water whenever you travel in this neck of the woods.
Northern California forest situated around the Klamath River
Klamath River Map / Klamath National Forest
USGS map California: Klamath Map. Klamath River Camping, Hiking and Fishing. NorCal Mountains, Rivers, Creeks
Klamath Ranger Map – NFS issued map. GPS: Longitude & Latitude; Rivers, Creeks, Peaks, Elevations, 4WD & every dirt BackRoad, Hot Springs, Equestrian Areas, all Campgrounds, Hiking Trails & BackPacking Trailheads. Areas include: Northern California, Trinity County, Siskiyou County, Humbolt County, Yreka, Fort Jones, Happy Camp, Klamath River, Scott River, Salmon River, Marble Mountain Wilderness, Salmon Mountains , Macdoel, Goosenest, Oak Knoll, Ukonom, Orleans, Butte Valley Wildlife Area, Somes Bar, Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon border.
Map Size: 35″x 45″ overall / 4″x9″ folded; ISBN# 9781628114249
Road conditions on Klamath Forest roads can change at a moment’s notice. In Northern California wet climate, sudden storms can cause land slides, deep mud, erosion and flash floods. Areas that were easily accessible in other seasons can become treacherous in winter. Forest roads may be closed and gated in winter months. A high-clearance vehicle is best when traveling within the Klamath National Forest, and in wetter months 4-wheel drive may be required on the back roads This region in particular has an increased risk of avalanche, even along paved Highway 96.
Klamath National Forest Maps
Klamath USFS ranger stations:
Klamath National Forest Headquarters
1711 South Main Street
(Highway 3: Fort Jones Road)
Yreka, California 96097
Macdoel Ranger Station USFS
Goosenest Ranger District
Butte Valley National Grassland
37805 Highway 97, Macdoel, CA 96058
Happy Camp Ranger Station USFS
Oak Knoll Ranger District
63822 Highway 96, Happy Camp, CA 96039
Fort Jones Ranger Station
Salmon River USFS
Scott River Ranger District
11263 Highway 3, Ft Jones, CA 96032