The Siskiyou Wilderness is located in three national forests, the Klamath, Rogue River-Siskiyou and the Six Rivers and most of it is in Del Norte County.  It contains the highest elevations of the Siskiyou Mountains and the headwaters of the South Fork of the Smith, a pristine Wild and Scenic River that is one of the crown jewels in the system.

Just outside the protective boundary of the Siskiyou Wilderness is the Buck Creek watershed, a key tributary of the South Fork Smith.  At the confluence of Buck Creek and the South Fork Smith a shelter and clearing offer a superb camping with beautiful views into the crystal clear waters of the Smith. Just below the clearing a cascading waterfall fills a rock rimmed pool on Buck Creek before the water filters through a boulder field and joins the Smith.

Hike to the confluence of Buck Creek and the South Fork of the Smith via the Summit Valley Trail or hike in via the South Kelsey Trail.

To plan a trip, or learn more see:

Summit Valley Trail

Old Kelsey Trail

South Kelsey Trail