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Description - The Forest is divided into seven ranger districts. In the last few years, the districts have been combined into 'management units.' Trinity River Management Unit is based in Weaverville and contains the Weaverville and Big Bar Ranger Districts.

Attractions - There are a number of rustic campgrounds located in the Big Bar Ranger District. Complimenting the sites is a group area and dispersed camping opportunities. Some sites offer handicapped facilities. Length of stay is 14 days. Reservations are required for Skunk Point Group Site (minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 people).

Big Bar offers hikers a number of experiences most of which begin at the popular four main trailheads into New River Back Country. These are the New River, East Fork New River (Pony Buttes), Jim Jam and Green Mountain (Limestone) trailheads. The New River Drainage encompasses about 144,000 acres of forested mountains often referred to as the "Green Trinities," 97,800 acres of which lies within the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Virgin forests and rugged mountainous terrain afford the visitor a feeling of remoteness unequaled elsewhere in the Trinity Alps.

Anglers will find cold, clear running streams on the District providing excellent catches of steelhead, silver salmon, and Chinook salmon in the New River and native rainbow trout in tributary creeks and streams.

The New River Drainage offers hunters a variety of game species on which to test their skills. During the late summer and early fall, the Colombian blacktail deer can be pursued with bows or rifles. Limestone Ridge and the area referred to as Jake's Hunting Ground are major migration routes which offer good hunting opportunities.

Recreation - The huge Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers a wide range of recreational activities. Some of these include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, camping, boating, fishing, sightseeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Climate - Climate on the Shasta-Trinity varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.

Location - The Big Bar Ranger District office is located along Star Route 1 in Big Bar, California.


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Contact Information:
Big Bar Ranger District, Star Route 1, Box 10 , Big Bar, CA, 96010, Phone: 530-623-6106, TTY: 530-623-6129

Additional Information:
Shasta-Trinity National Forests - The Shasta-Trinity National Forests are located in north-central California and headquartered in the city of Redding. The Forests are home to some outstanding natural and geologic features.

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