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Scott River Ranger District



Marble Mountain Wilderness- This 242,500 acre wilderness area was one of the first to be established in the state of California and is located at the heart of the Klamath National Forest. It contains the magnificent Marble Mountains and spills over the boundaries of four ranger districts within the Klamath National Forest:
Red Buttes Wilderness- Located straddling the California-Oregon border in the Siskiyou Mountains, Red Buttes Wilderness is a lightly used and relatively small wilderness area. This particular wilderness is typified by dense forest, rocky land, and diverse landforms.
Russian Wilderness- The Russian is characterized by steep, rugged slopes and ridges with broad, U-shaped glaciated valleys. The area abounds with meadows, rock pinnacles, bluffs, and alpine lakes in cirque basins.
Trinity Alps Wilderness- Rugged and isolated, this is the second largest wilderness in California at 513,100 acres and consists of mountain ridges and deep canyons between the Trinity and Salmon Rivers

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Description - Located centrally within the Klamath National Forest, the sprawling Scott River Ranger District reaches from the Scott Bar Mountains in the north to the Scott Mountains in the south, and from the Marble Mountain Wilderness in the west to Interstate 5 in the east. This district is home to dozens of high mountain lakes and scenic trails of all lengths. The two most popular and recreationally diverse areas are the creeks, lakes and meadows accessed by the Lover's Camp, Box Camp, and Shackleford Trailheads in the north, and the stock and hiking trails into the Trinity Alps which are accessed by Hidden Horse and Carter Meadows Trailheads in the south. The district is bounded on west and south by the scenic Pacific Crest Trail and numerous access points to this "hiker's highway" dot the district.

Recreation - The Scott River Ranger District is host to a world of recreational opportunities. Popular with backpackers, anglers, and stockmen alike, the district offers numerous access points into the Russian and Trinity Alps and to the scenic Pacific Crest Trail.

Climate - The climate within much of the Klamath National Forest is 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 temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.

Location - Located centrally within the Klamath National Forest, sprawling Scott River Ranger District reaches from the Scott Bar Mountains in the north to the Scott Mountains in the south, and from the Marble Mountain Wilderness in the west to Interstate 5 in the east. Both State Highway 3 and the Scott River run through this district. At its heart is the town of Scott River from which point the district is administered.


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Scott River Ranger DIstrict, 11263 N. Highway 3 , Fort Jones, CA, 96032-9702, Phone: 530-468-5351, Fax: 530-468-1290, TTY: 530-468-2783

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Klamath National Forest - The Klamath National Forest of northwest California offers backcountry solitude, clear streams and lakes, and portions of the Klamath River.
Marble Mountain Wilderness - This 242,500 acre wilderness area was one of the first to be established in the state of California and is located at the heart of the Klamath National Forest. It contains the magnificent Marble Mountains and spills over the boundaries of four ranger districts within the Klamath National Forest:
Russian Wilderness - The Russian is characterized by steep, rugged slopes and ridges with broad, U-shaped glaciated valleys. The area abounds with meadows, rock pinnacles, bluffs, and alpine lakes in cirque basins.

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