HAPPY CAMP AREA
KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST
BOATING (non-motorized), RIVER RAFTING & KAYAKING
With river accesses stretching along HWY 96. River rafting and kayaking options are abundant. Local outfitters and guides available. Check out the Ranger Station for rafting and guide maps.
The Klamath River is a hidden gem for fishing, runs of Steelhead and Salmon making their way from the Pacific Ocean. Consult the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for current fishing regulations and restrictions. Local guides available. Contact: Ironhead Guide Service 530-598-0530
Check out the swimming holes and lakes in the wilderness.
Elk Creek for example offers clear water and large sandy beaches. Be safe, carry in and out, respect private property. Ask locals about their favorite swimming holes!
HWY 96 offers a scenic route for biking with views of the river. Forest service roads provide trails, vast scenery and incline grade options. Please exercise caution. Check out the Ranger Station or Trees-N-Trails for details.
Karuk Tribe People's Center Museum & Gift Shop
Learn about the local Karuk Tribe's history and community interactions, view artifacts, art and regalia.
The Klamath has long been known for gold mining and rock hounding. Get the latest rules and regulations at the Ranger Station.
SCENIC BYWAY DRIVES
State of Jefferson Scenic Byway follows along the Klamath River from Yreka to Happy Camp and over Grayback into Oregon.
Bigfoot Scenic Byway follows the Klamath River from Happy Camp all the way to Willow Creek and provides an unforgettable experience in one of California’s wildest portions. This is where Bigfoot may roam.
Happy Camp is surrounded by rugged landscapes and three designated Wilderness areas. Hiking and backpacking options abound! All mileage is one way.
Community River Walk – 0.25 miles
(Interpretive trail following the Klamath River)
Happy Camp Town Trail - 1.02 miles
(Uphill hike leading to views of Happy Camp)
Elbow Springs Trailhead/Bear Lake – 3 miles
(Uphill trail to Bear Lake in the Siskiyou Wilderness)
Elk Creek Trail/Sulphur Springs – 2.9 miles
(Follows Elk Creek via Sulphur Springs campground)
Fort Goff Trail – 9.1 miles
(Steady climb up Fort Goff Creek)
Grider Creek Trail – 12 miles
(Shaded trail following Grider Creek on PCT)
Benjamin Creek Trail – 5.5 miles
(Follows HWY 96 and Klamath River)
Clear Creek Trail – 23.11 miles
(Following Clear Creek into the Siskiyou Wilderness)
Bear Lake Trailhead – 2.9 miles
(Climbing into the Marble Mountains to the PCT)
For Map & Updated Trail Info.
Happy Camp-Oak Knoll Ranger District
63822 Highway 96
Happy Camp, California, 96039
KLM Revision 9/16 USDA, FSPSR