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Red Buttes Wilderness

Happy Camp Ranger District- The Happy Camp Ranger District represents the north-central portion of the Klamath National Forest and includes portions of the Siskiyou and Marble Mountain Wildernesses.

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Description - Located astraddle the California-Oregon border in the Siskiyou Mountains, and reaching from Red Butte in the east to Sucker Creek Gap in the west, Red Buttes Wilderness is a lightly used area and, at 16,150 acres, a relatively small wilderness area. This particular wilderness is typified by meadows, brush fields, dense forest, and rocky land. Diverse landforms provide outstanding scenic value: highly dissected steep slopes, high erosion, and unstable soils. Deer, bear, bobcat, and other wildlife are abundant. Along the southern periphery of the area lie a handful of mountains and peaks including Tannen, Pyramid, Figurehead, Gof, Rattlesnake, Desolation, Kangaroo, and Red Butte. The Boundary National Recreation Trail also snakes along the southern boundary of the wilderness. Access to the area is primarily from the Oregon side.

Attractions - Although this wilderness represents a relatively small region of the Klamath National Forest, several trails meander through it from trailheads at Cook and Green, and at Butte Fork among others. There is also car camping at Cook and Green Campground.

Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.

Climate - The climate in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area, as in much of the Klamath National Forest, is influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.

Location - Located astraddle the California-Oregon border in the Siskiyou Mountains, the Red Buttes Wilderness Area reaches from Red Butte in the east to Sucker Creek Gap in the west. Although most of it is contained within the Klamath National Forest in California, its extreme northern portion is in the Siskiyou National Forest of Oregon. It is situated north of the California towns of Happy Camp and Seiad Valley on State Highway 96.


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Scott River Ranger District - Located centrally within the Klamath National Forest, the sprawling Scott River Ranger District is home to dozens of high mountain lakes and scenic trails of all lengths.

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