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This hike’s trail system takes you into the heart of the North Yolla Bolly Mountains, the southernmost section of the vast Klamath mountain range. You can choose from four different trails that leave the central trail: The lower two visit secluded lakes; the upper two climb high summits with extensive views. Win breathtaking views of many of the state’s mountain ranges from the summit of North Yolla Bolly Mountain.
North Yolla Bolly Trails Professional Review and Guide
"This hike’s trail system takes you into the heart of the North Yolla Bolly Mountains, the southernmost section of the vast Klamath mountain range. You can choose from four different trails that leave the central trail: The lower two visit secluded lakes; the upper two climb high summits with extensive views. Win breathtaking views of many of the state’s mountain ranges from the summit of North Yolla Bolly Mountain."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
More North Yolla Bolly Trails Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike travels through the remote North Yolla Bolly Mountains, which lie at the southern tip of the Klamath Mountains. Here a network of trails climb through a lush mountain basin to small alpine lakes and then continues higher to the summit of Black Rock Mountain, one of the range’s two high peaks.Regardless of which mountain region they fall into, these isolated peaks are very scenic. The North Yolla Bollies have a well-de veloped trail network, which makes exploring them a pleasure. The trails are focused on Pettijohn Basin, the bowl that lies between North Yolla Bolly (the highest peak in the northern part of the wilderness) and Black Rock Mountain. In addition to old-g rowth forests, the basin is home to small meadows and a pair of small lakes, each lying at the foot of one of the two peaks. The trail network also climbs up to the rim of the basin, where it is possible to climb to the summit of the high peaks. The best destinations are those on the Black Rock Mountain side of Pettijohn Basin. Black Rock Lake is easily the prettier of the two small lakes, and the summit of the namesake mountain boasts a panoramic vista and the ruins of an old lookout tower. Both peak and lake make great destinations for easy to moderate day hikes."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"This hike is a great loop through one of Northern California’s least-traveled wilderness areas. The trail makes stops at a picturesque lake and a mountain summit before traversing a long ridge, offering fabulous views of the coast range and beyond. The Yolla Bolly/Middle Eel Wilderness is home to abundant wildlife, including martens, mountain lions, and even the elusive wolverine. Terrain: Dirt path through dense forests, along exposed ridges, and across alpine meadows."
--Dan Brett, Hike America: Northern California (The Globe Pequot Press).
"North Yolla Bolly Mountain rises 7,863 feet atop the rough and remote terrain of the northern Coast Range, a summit with dramatic views of a vast wilderness seldom visited by hikers. Located in the northeast portion of 151,000-acre Yolla Bolly Wilderness, the journey to the peak highlights some of the majesty—and challenges—of this little-visited region. It’s a hidden gem for hikers who really want to get away from it all, but you must be willing to take the challenge of rough roads and faint-to-nonexistent trails to experience it."
--Matt Heid, 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press).
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