Six Rivers National Forest

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General Information

The Six Rivers National Forest is located north-west of Sacramento north-west of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Forest gets its name from the fact that there are six major rivers that run within its boundaries: the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen, and EelSix Rivers. The forest encompasses approximately 950,000 acres of forest and 130,000 acres of private and state ownership.

There are seemingly endless number of possible recreational activities at the forest. Some of them include bicycling, camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature Viewing, outdoor Learning, picnicking, scenic driving, and many water based activities such as fishing, boating, kayaking, etc.


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Other Plants

The forest is home to a few especially reserved botanical areas. Visitors are welcome in the botanical areas, but are asked to be very careful where they step,and not to pick any plants of flowers.

One of the botanical areas is at the North Fork Smith River. The forested area in the hills and ridges with higher elevation in the surroundings is made up largely of Jeffrey, Lodgepole and Knobcone pine stands.

Most of the low-lying area is made up of serpentine soils which are high in metals, low in nutrients, and therefore toxic to most plants. The plants that thrive in these soils have adapted to harsh environment.

Another botanical area is the Horse Mountain which is just over a thousand acres. This is an area of rolling hills and open forests. The trees do not grow very densely due to the very tough conditions of the area. The harsh California sun and the strong and constant winds coming from the ocean make it very difficult for vegetation to be able to thrive. Additionally, the soil of the area isn't optimal for growth of forests.

Visitors of the forests who love flowers should visit the Port Orford cedar communities. During spring, delicate fawn lilies emerge.

Camping Possibilities

Other Information

The Klamath River passes throught the Six River Forest. The Klamath River is a very big river. In fact, it is the second largest and longest river in California. The big river adds a great dimension to the forest as there are many water-based recreational activities that become possible, especially in nice weather. The river is popular for boating, kayaking, and simply hanging out on the beaches with the family and doing some nice swimming.

The Klamath River is also popular with people who enjoy fishing. Some of the fish in the river are Chinook (King Salmon), coho (Silver Salmon), and steelhead.


The forest is so big that it is difficult to account for all the parking areas that are available. There are different destinations to drive to. Fishing spots have not only parking, but also accesible ramps to unloads your boats.

Many of the trails at the forest have trailheads with parking lots and visitor centers. For people who are camping in the forest, the campgrounds have parking for a few cars per camp spot.

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Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

Group Name: greatest view hiking

Group Description: Going hiking journey to beautiful mountain and vast lakes and see new creeks never found by any one else

Group Name: BPLrs of Humboldt

Group Description: Looking for others to hike with that are interested in lightweight/ultralight backpacking, and participate online at Backpackinglight.com 8-15 mile days. Lost Coast, King Range, Trinity Alps and beyond.

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Past Hikes

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 77.2 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-23-2011

Description: Get a chance to gain a solid foundation of backpacking skills while exploring lush meadows, alpine lakes, glacier fed creeks, and awe-inspiring mountains. The hiking itinerary is manageable, so we can enjoy ourselves in this gorgeous alpine environment! Go to: http://roamthewoods.com/Trinity.html for more details or www.roamthewoods.com

Girlfriend Getaway: Lassen Volcanic National Park Week Long Backpacking Adventure | 77.2 km away

Date: Saturday, 9-17-2011

Description: Come join us for the week in Lassen National Park. The southernmost portion of the Cascade Range will be our classroom for the week. Enjoy solitude and camaraderie in a back country few wander into, while reveling in the awe-inspiring geologic features Lassen is home to. Please contact the organizer for more details or visit www.roamthewoods.com.

great oasis of views | 98.2 km away

Date: Saturday, 11-3-2012

Description: Beautiful fall trees,views and vast lakes.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | 60.3 km away

Date: Friday, 6-7-2013

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....