Description - This relatively small wilderness area of 12,000 acres is squeezed between the Marble Mountains of Klamath National Forest and the town of Callahan in northwestern California. The Russian is characterized by steep, rugged slopes and ridges with broad, U-shaped glaciated valleys. The area abounds with meadows, rock pinnacles, bluffs, and alpine lakes in cirque basins. This wilderness is host to a great variety of pine, spruce, and fir, especially in the Sugar Creek area. Deer, black bear, and other wildlife are also common. Rainbow, brook, and brown trout can be found in the streams. The Russian Wilderness is a light use area.
- The Russian Wilderness is crowded with mountain lakes which can be accessed from a number of well-marked trailheads including South Russian, Taylor Lake, Paynes Lake, Duck-Eaton, and Bingham Lake. Many of the lakes and streams in the area are quite fishable and host to populations of Brown, Eastern Brook, and Rainbow trout.
Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.
Climate - The climate in the Russian 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.
This relatively small wilderness area is squeezed between the Marble Mountains of Klamath National Forest and the town of Callahan which lies south of Etna on State Hwy. 3 in northwestern California. The Russian Wilderness contains the Duck Lakes Botanical Area and lies directly on the boundary dividing the Salmon and Scott River Ranger Districts. Russian Peak, the wilderness's namesake, lies at its far southwestern edge.