Description - The Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness provides the experience of deep mountain forests and swift rivers. The 111,824 acres of this Wilderness cross forest boundaries. This area may also be entered from the Six Rivers and Shasta Trinity Forests.
Situated throughout the entrance points of the Wilderness are the Soldier Ridge Trailhead, the Georges Valley Trailhead, the Rock Cabin Trailhead, the Green Springs Trailhead and the Asa Bean/Foster Glade Trailhead. From these you can access the Travelers Home National Recreational Trail, Hell Hole Canyon and Skinny Dip Trail. These trails are great for day hikes as well as overnighter.
- The Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness offers several trailheads from which to start. The trail system in the Wilderness is quite extensive and trips are possible from most trailheads, minimizing the need to double back on you trip.
An extensive trail network allows visitors the options of trailhead loops or of heading deeper into the Wilderness to explore its interior trails. May through June is the best time to visit this wilderness, although some of the higher elevation trails may not be clear of snow until mid summer. The Yolla Bollys are rugged mountains. The steepness of the land between the peaks makes hiking a true wilderness experience. The trails are strenuous and not used by large numbers of visitors. There are several small lakes - some have fish and several creeks and rivers have a native rainbow trout population.
Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.
Climate - The climate on the Mendocino is greatly 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 to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.
Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness is located in the northern region of the Mendocino National Forest, approximately 20 miles northeast of Covelo.