- Elk Mountain Recreation Area provides a starting point for the Sled Ridge off-highway vehicle trail. Middle Creek has a campground and Elk Creek is a trailhead.
Recreation - Elk Mountain Recreation Area has opportunities for camping, hiking, backpacking and provides access to OHV use in the 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.
Elk Mountain Recreation Area is located a few miles north of the town of Upper Lake.