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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.

On August 3, 2017, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) shared a draft of his new public lands bill which seeks to guard communities against wildfire, provide local jobs, create additional recreation opportunities, and protect additional wild places and pristine streams on public land. See Bill Summary.

“On the North Coast of California, we are privileged to live among some of the most stunning old-growth forests and pristine rivers in the world,” said Rep. Huffman. “I want to hear your ideas on how to protect our forests and watersheds while creating economic opportunities and safeguarding our homes. By putting our heads together, we can create collaborative solutions to protect our communities and the lands we value for generations to come.”

How might the proposed legislation affect Del Norte?

Protect up to 39,000 acres of public land as “wilderness” by expanding the Siskiyou Wilderness area. The proposal includes the Buck Creek Watershed. 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-worthy of the highest protection. See map

Establish a Feasibility Study to examine creation of the Bigfoot National Recreational Trail, which starts in Crescent City and heads east and then south toward southern Trinity County; the route passes through the immense ecological diversity of Northwest California’s ancient forests and other unique landscapes. As the trail heads west to reach Crescent City, it follows the route of the Historic Kelsey Trail.

Develop Recreation Opportunities including a study to evaluate the feasibility and public interest in construction of specified mountain biking routes and other non-motorized routes in Del Norte County.

See Roadless Area Map

To plan a trip, or learn more see:

Summit Valley Trail

Old Kelsey Trail

South Kelsey Trail