Siskiyou Wilderness - Northern California

The forested mountains, valleys and meadows of the Siskiyou Wilderness in California offer vistas of incredible beauty, diverse landscapes and remote solitude.  The Wilderness was named for the rugged mountain headwaters of the Smith, Klamath, and Illinois rivers in northwestern California. 

Rainfall varies by distance from the Pacific Ocean from 200" on the high western slops to 40" on the lower eastern slopes.  All this Pacific facing rainfall provides the spawning grounds for the largest California population of summer steelhead, a valuable ocean-going fish species. 

July through mid-October is the most popular time to visit the wilderness.  Summers are usually very warm, but cold can strike any night of the year.  Snow can occur in all months and severs storms are common.


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