Indian Creek Road
This dam was located just below Doolittle Bridge.
Photo courtesy Hazel
Fed by Indian Creek & Keytone Dam, this flume was
utilized for irrigating Reeves Ranch in Happy Camp.
As shown, locals also used the flume as a path to walk to
Photo courtesy Hazel
- At least 20 Forest Service roads leave the Scenic
Byway off Indian Creek Road. These roads offer access to
a variety of natural, historic and recreational areas.
Check with the Forest Service or local merchants for
current road information.
- Outplant Site: Turnoff at mile marker 6.7- This
forestry research nursery consists of a 40-acre, genetic
study site that investigates tree grafting, breeding,
pollination, vegetation management and fertilizer trials.
Tests are also conducted on mycorrhizal (fungus)
associations, insect studies and control and a variety of
other factors that could impact the health of our
forests. Visitors should continue past the first gated
entrance and turn left at the second road.
South Fork of Indian Creek Road. #17N32: Mile
- South Fork was the source of water for the Davis/Van
Brunt hydraulic mine in Happy Camp, 12 "ditch" miles
- The Chan Jade mine is located three miles up the
road. This unique stone is known as Happy Camp Jade and
sometimes has gold embedded inside the opaque, pearly
- Between 1983 and 1987, salmon rearing ponds were
located here and produced nearly 35,000 fingerlings
annually. The fish were fed, monitored and raised to
almost a sixth of a pound in weight then released into
Indian Creek the end of the hatchery season in fall.
Indian Creek at Buchannan Falls
Photo courtesy Greg
Town: Mile marker 10.4
& Coon Run: Mile marker 10.8
- Established in 1853, Indian Town later boasted 450 people
while Happy Camp claimed only 100. Imagine the two story hotel,
butcher shop, bakery, grocery store, school, bowling alley,
blacksmith shop, and numerous hardrock mines surrounding the town.
Indian Town originated due to the abundant gold deposits and the
nearby Waldo Trail. This supply route was a main mule pack trail
to and from Crescent City.
- The Classic Hill mine is located across the creek up the
mountainside. It was a huge and profitable hydraulic mine owned by
James Camp and Jack Titus in the 1860s. An excellent view of this
mine can be seen looking south from the West Branch Campground
- Directly below the Classic Hill was a profitable Chinese-owned
mine. The men worked for years digging a tunnel deep into the
mountain until there was a massive cave-in and many were buried.
Being a superstitious bunch, most of the locals refused to mine
the area again, bringing an end to Indian Town.
- 11.4 Mile Marker: Right after crossing the bridge at Indian
Creek, look for a sign on the side of the road marking the
entrance to a narrow trail that leads to seven spawning channels.
These cement structures are for Steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon
rearing. The side channel is used as a safe haven to protect the
eggs and gravel from fast flood waters. This area is part of a