Explore the most popular river trails in Klamath National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful drive campgrounds nice too hiked to beaches

Little travelled, except maybe in hunting season (late Summer/ Fall: check). Good basecamp: lots of nearby features. Trout in the lake(s). In summer it is hot down at Sawyers Bar, but it is pleasant when you get to altitude. Easiest to take two days in (uphill) if your are heavily loaded or with kids. One day out isn't too hard.

I hiked to Devil's Peak-gorgeous but a lot of ticks!

hiking
10 months ago

I loved this trail. It was short, steep, beautiful. There is not much to the hike itself, straight up to the top. Half the adventure was just getting there. Forest road the whole way back, had a landslide or two but was able to get by. Well worth the trip and spots to see the river coming or going. Google took me to trailhead just fine, coordinates on here are updated.

I hiked to Devil's Peak...pants were COVERED in ticks...I jumped in the water afterwards

hiking
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

This is the exact location of the trailhead: https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B001'18.4%22N+123%C2%B015'18.4%22W/@42.0198173,-123.2593217,853m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0!5m1!1e4!6m1!1e1

hiking
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Whiskey Peak is one of the best views of the Siskiyou Crest and beyond that one can get with very little hiking (we measured 0.7 miles and steep), but a great deal of backroad driving (about an hour or so). However it's a beautiful drive. There are great viewpoints along the way and (depending on road conditions) the occasional fallen tree. At one point on this year's try, we almost weren't able to pass. Watch the road numbering. Google Map indicates 1035 takes you all the way, but really there's a left turn onto 350. The trailhead is hidden up behind a steep road with an open gate (officially road 356). If you get to the Y where the road starts to head back down the mountain, you've gone too far. Turn around, drive a few hundred yards retracing your route, and you'll find the road on your left. Drive up it a few yards and there's the unmarked trailhead to your left. The trail is easier than it seems it's going to be. At the top, you'll find the foundation of the old fire lookout tower. Take a lunch and spend your time enjoying the view: Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Shasta, Applegate Lake, the Siskiyou Crest from Red Butte to Preston Peak, and the rest of the Klamaths farther south. We went the end of May and there were loads of wildflowers, too. A great adventure for the day.

scenic driving
Saturday, April 18, 2015

This is a lovely and interesting drive into the deep backwoods south of Applegate Lake. Watch the road numbers to not get lost; they're pretty well marked. Partway up there's an overlook that marks out the various peaks of the Siskiyou Crest. The road summits a few hundred yards (perhaps) after it passes a trailhead that leads to the summit of Whiskey Peak (which we failed to find). But the climb looked like it must have been steep and (relatively) short.

Always A Beautiful Drive. Lots of places to pull aside for pictures and Picnics.

This beautiful drive is NOT along I-5 and it is NOT 157 miles. It follows California highway 96 along the Kalamoth River for about 90 miles. Starting at either end and driving to the other you will not come within an hour of I-5 but you will see some beautiful scenery. I have taken this drive in beautiful summer conditions and also during a winte ice storm.