Description - The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is divided into seven ranger districts. In the last few years, the districts have been combined into 'management units.' South Fork Management Unit (SFMU) is based in Hayfork and contains the Hayfork and Yolla Bolla Ranger Districts. The SFMU encompasses over 590,000 acres. Three major streams from the primary watersheds within this area; the South Fork of the Trinity River, Hayfork Creek, and Beegum Creek.
The SFMU is bounded along its western side by South Fork Mountain, one of the longest continuous ridgelines in North America. At the southern end of the Unit are the Yolla Bolla Mountains and one of two wilderness areas with the unit, the Yolla Bolla / Middle Eel Wilderness. Situated along the eastern side of the SFMU is the Chanchelulla Wilderness. The northern end of the unit is bounded by a series of ridgelines and peaks that include Pattison Peak, Hayfork Bally, and Hayfork Divide.
- The large variety in terrain and ecosystems that exist in this area provides for a wide range of recreational opportunities. From old historic Ranger Station Cabin Rentals, developed tent / RV campsite facilities with running water and toilets, to tent camping at various undeveloped sites, all the way to true wilderness in two Wilderness areas, a 40+ mile wild and scenic river corridor or numerous roadless areas. With this wide range of recreational opportunities, you should be able to find just the right one for your interests.
The Chanchelulla Wilderness is just one of the two Wilderness areas in the South Fork Management Unit that provides opportunity for wilderness hiking and camping.
The South Fork of the Trinity is a rich resource with its serene beauty and its many recreational opportunities, like the South Fork of the Trinity River Recreational Trail.
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.