South Fork Weekend

June 2-3, 2018
We also explored the Ruth Lake area on the Six Rivers NF
We spent the weekend with a coworker and friend and her adorable dog exploring the
South Fork Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  The SFMU is
based in Hayfork and contains the Hayfork and Yolla Bolla Ranger Districts. The SFMU
encompasses over 590,000 acres
, so it's almost as large as entire national forests down
south!  Three major streams from the primary watersheds within this area; the South
Fork of the Trinity River, Hayfork Creek and Beegum Creek.

The SFMU is bounded along its western side by South Fork Mountain, one of the longest
continuous ridgelines in North America. At the southern end of the
unit are the Yolla
Bolla Mountains and one of two wilderness areas with the unit, the Yolla Bolla/ Middle
Eel Wilderness. Situated along the eastern side of the SFMU is the Chanchelulla
Wilderness. The northern end of the unit is bounded by a series of ridgelines and peaks
that include Pattison Peak, Hayfork Bally and Hayfork Divide.

The South Fork of the Trinity is a rich resource with its serene beauty and its many
recreational opportunities.

The large variety in terrain and ecosystems that exist in this area provides for a wide
range of recreational opportunities. From old historic Ranger Station Cabin Rentals,
developed tent / RV campsite facilities with running water and toilets, to tent camping at
various undeveloped sites, all the way to true wilderness in two wilderness areas, a 40+
mile wild and scenic river corridor or numerous roadless areas.
The Forest Glen Guard Station is the oldest surviving building on the
forest, it was built in 1906!  You can rent it out for $75/night. But we
stayed at the Forest Glen Campground, and even on a Saturday night
had the whole place to ourselves.  This part of the world isn't
well-known to many but is so beautiful and diverse!
View looking north, above
View looking south to the Yolla Bolly Wilderness area, below
Old hidden USFS Guard Station

Silene nelsonii, String flower


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