Welcome to our world...
On behalf of the mid-Klamath River communities, the Happy Camp
Action Committee offers this guide in the hope that you will enjoy
our wild and wonderful homeland as much as we do!
Most of the black & white photos at this web site are
historical. All photos are protected by copyright laws.
The entire area of this tour is within the ancestral territories
of the Shasta and Karuk Tribes. Tribal people still inhabit this land
and play a major role in the social, cultural and economic structure
of this wonderful country.
Photo by USFS Yreka
Photo by Greg
For Your Information:
- Your perspective of the countryside will change at either end
of this tour. As you travel this roadway, observe the
transformation from the eastern high desert into the western dense
- The osprey, bald eagle and great blue heron have numerous
nesting sites which can be easily viewed along this route.
- The geology of the Klamath Mountains matches the Sierra
Nevada's because it is of the same origin.
- The length of the thoroughfare featured in this tourguide is
approximately 135 miles.
- Do not drink the water from rivers and streams without first
boiling for at least one full minute to be safe.
- Check for current fishing regulations. They change
- The Pacific Crest Trailhead crosses Highway 96 at Seiad Valley
and is about midway between Southern California and Washington
- Please do not feed bears or leave food out which attracts them
to your campsite. Bears can be dangerous.
- Swim and boat at your own risk. The river and stream currents
are extremely dangerous. Always use lifejackets.
Photo by Dave Payne
Poison Oak in fall
Photo by Dave Payne
Poison Oak in summer
Photo by Brian
Helpful Traveling Tips:
- Beware of sharp rocks on the road which may be caused by
- Watch for changing road conditions especially in spring and
- Be vigilant of animals crossing the road; deer, bears,
squirrels, turtles, grouse, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, etc.
- Please be considerate of local drivers who are not
sight-seeing by pulling over when they are close behind you.
- Poison oak is abundant and identified by its three-leaf
cluster. The leaves' color can vary through shades of green,
yellow, red or brown. This plant can cause itching and blisters
(photo ID above).
- The prudent traveler begins the river road with a full tank of
gas. Fuel can be purchased with credit cards in Seiad Valley,
Happy Camp and Orleans.