- The Modoc National Forest segment of the California Back Country Discovery Trails is about 200 miles long with another 42 miles of alternate (more challenging) Trails. Most of the Modoc portion of the California Back Country Discovery Trails system is single lane and unpaved. Ultimately, this statewide system will provide a network of interconnected off-highway vehicle roads from Mexico to Oregon.
Visitors should be prepared for harsh road conditions on "back country" trails. Even though most stock, sport utility vehicles can traverse the primary routes, RVs or sedans are not recommended in many areas. Parts of the trail are very remote and visitors should take care to assure they have adequate fuel, food and water to carry them through to the next facilities.
For a draft map and information sheet about the Modoc National Forest Segment of the California Back Country Discovery Trail, please call 530-233-5811.
Recreation - There are many interpretive sites along this this trail. 22 of them are located at various campgrounds along the way. This trail offers a diverse number of activities to enjoy at points along the way. There are lakes and streams to fish and boat. Wildlife viewing throughout the trail is abundant. In the western portion of the trail, there are many fascinating geological features from ancient volcanic activity.
Climate - The variable climate ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, severe, moderately wet winters. Temperatures range from highs of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks intermittently each summer, although they can drop to below freezing every month of the year. Winter temperatures reach as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit, although common daytime temperatures rise to the 30's and 40's. Approximately 13 inches of annual precipitation falls primarily as rain and about 25% as snow. Prevailing southwest breezes below daily clearing the air and bringing frequent weather changes.
For a draft map please call 530-233-5811 and ask the operator to send you a hard copy map and information sheet about the Modoc National Forest Segment of the California Back Country Discovery Trail.