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Klamath National Forest

Klamath National Forest
Notes by J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

What trees can you see in the heavily-wooded Klamath National Forest, beside Douglas fir? What are some of the most spectacular hikes? And how else can you enjoy this Forest?

Statistics - "what and where."

Trees of Klamath National Forest along the Klamath River.

Dave Payne, River Manager at Happy Camp in Klamath National Forest, summarizes what trees you will see is you follow the river corridor along the Klamath River:

"Starting from interstate 5 and heading west floating on the Klamath River you will encounter juniper and sage blending into the mixed forest of ponderosa pine, oregon white oak, and black oak covering the hillsides.

Further west the mixed evergreens take over, ponderosa pine, douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar along with pacific madrone, canyon live oak, bigleaf maple, and tanoak. Understory trees include redbud, pacific dogwood, hazel. Riparian species include several species of willows, red alder, oregon ash, cottonwood, bigleaf maple, fox grape, and blackberry. Of course we can not forget, poison oak. It is abundant in the river canyon.

If you go far enough west you will eventually encounter the redwood forest (which here includes red and white alder) near the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the Klamath River."

Activities - hiking.

For details on these, see 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California by John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares.

Activities - other.

Bird and Wildlife watching.

Possibilities include:

Russian Mountain Wilderness Area - Rich in Conifers.

Look for:

About 450 other plant species.

Wildflower Show on Mother's Day.

Check out the National Forest's annual wildflower show held each Mother's Day in Yreka.

Book Choice.

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