Klamath River Scenic Drive: I-5 to Willow Creek Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"California 96 twists for 147 miles through the deep gorges of the Klamath and Trinity rivers in the remote Klamath Ranges of northwestern California. The Klamath River, running from southern Oregon’s Upper Klamath Lake through the Cascade and Klamath mountains to the Pacific Ocean, marks the southern and eastern boundary of the rumpled Siskiyou Mountains. The Scott Bar, Marble, and Salmon mountains stretch south of the river. In California, the 265-mile-long Klamath River is second only to the Sacramento River in the amount of water it empties into the Pacific. This is a rugged land seamed with precipitous canyons and lorded over by densely forested peaks. The drive offers travelers a chance to roam far from California’s well-used highways into a sparsely populated region with less than five people per square mile. The area teems with wildlife such as the legendary and elusive man-ape Sasquatch. Numerous pullouts line the road for scenic views and river access. Allow at least six hours to drive the narrow, winding route. Special attractions: Klamath River, Trinity River, Pacific Crest Trail, Klamath National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, rafting, swimming, steelhead and salmon fishing, camping, hiking, and backpacking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."