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Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: Six Forest Service campgrounds have fee boxes.
Length, One-Way: 108 Miles (180.0 Kilometers)
Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes non stop.

General Information

Description - State of Jefferson Scenic Byway follows Highway 96 and Indian Creek Road along the Klamath River and through the Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California. From the 1941 state capitol of Yreka, California, take Highway 263 north over five Pioneer bridges to Highway 96. Meander along the Klamath River west to the remote, friendly town of Happy Camp. Seek the headwaters of Indian Creek, north over the 5,000 foot Grayback summit, through old Brewers Spruce forests, and then venture on to Highway 199 in O'Brien, Oregon.

Attractions - This scenic byway stretches along the northern periphery of Klamath National Forest. As it snakes through the Forest along the "Wild and Scenic" Klamath River and Indian Creek, it pours through two different ranger districts, the Happy Camp and the Scott River. Numerous popular campgrounds, whitewater access points, and trails into the Klamath backcountry can be access from this byway.

Recreation - The State of Jefferson Scenic Byway is known for it's archeology, cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region 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° F. 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° F and lows from 30° - 40° F in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.

Location - This byway follows Highway 96 and Indian Creek Road through the Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California.

Take the North Yreka exit off Interstate 5 to Highway 263. Go north to the Klamath River. Proceed along Highway 96 West to Happy Camp. Turn north up Indian Creek Road to Highway 199 just west of Cave Junction, Oregon.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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