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    • California redwoods Birding Trail del norTe CounTy, California 151. Smith River Mouth From Hwy 101 at OR/CA border, drive E nter the realm of the California Redwoods Birding Trail after crossing the state line, a landscape containing 419 recorded species of birds and characterized by majestic redwood groves and coastal lagoons. The major town is Crescent City, with the Birding Trail extending through the redwoods south to the Klamath River, and east a short 5 mi S to Mouth of Smith River Rd, turn R, and go 0.5 mi to parking lot. The Wild and Scenic Smith River, its distance along the Smith River. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Front Street for a more comprehensive 43-site free-flowing waters among the clean- California Redwoods Birding Trail map and guide. Highlights include Lake Tolowa and Lake Earl near Crescent City; est in the lower 48 states, supports together they comprise the largest coastal lagoon south of Alaska. Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge is the third large runs of wild salmon. The estu- largest seabird colony in the Lower 48 states, with 11 species of nesting seabirds. Special birds to watch for are ary and mouth are habitat for a variety Aleutian Cackling Geese in the verdant fields of the Smith River bottoms and the Northern Spotted Owl in the redwood of year-round resident and migrant forests. Perhaps the most exciting and unusual site of the entire birding trail is eight nautical miles to the west of birds including Common and Pacific Crescent City on Saint George Reef—a pelagic site and home to the Saint George Reef Lighthouse. A visit by boat Loon, Brown Pelican, Western Grebe, will delight you with views of Black-footed Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, and Rhinoceros auklet. Double-crested Cormorant, and West- ern and Glaucous-winged Gull. The estuary is the best spot in the county to see Snowy Egret, Black-crowned 199 Night Heron and Great Blue Heron. r Watch for harbor seal basking in the 151 ek Rd e Cre Riv op ki 172 sun or a local family of river otter. Kn th rk Smi 153 EFGH Pala Rd Sponsor: Crescent City-Del Norte Fo 152 173 r th County Chamber of Commerce ke Rd No er Moseley Rd Riv ith Sm Lower La kS m 152. Alexandre Dr Fo r ith R Earl dle Gasquet Mid EcoDairy Farm Lake 197 ive From Hwy 101 at OR/CA border, drive r 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith River, turn 199 R on Lake Earl Dr, then first R on Bai- Jedediah 169 Smith ley, first L on Mosley, turn R at T on Crescent Redwoods State Park Lower Lake Rd, drive 1 mi to turnout City il l d 168 by red building on R to view pond. R dH H owlan 170 Best birded by car, the pond and 167 verdant fields of this beautiful Eco- So ut Sou hF Dairy is a must-see because of the ork th Rd concentrations of waterfowl and Fo r kS mit shorebirds and the possibility of hR rarities. The pond’s water is lowest in i ve fall and highest winter-spring when r Del Norte Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Redwoods State Park yellowlegs, dowitchers and sandpip- ers congregate and Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawk and Peregrine 171 Falcon appear. Rarities have included Eurasian Wigeon, Tundra Swan, and 164 Emperor Goose. Common birds are Bald Eagle, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, and Aleutian Cack- ling Goose. A small herd of American 165 Bison roam the fields. 166 K l a ma FGK th R i ve Sponsor: Alexandre EcoDairy Farms r 40
    • 153. Pala Road and 154. Lake Tolowa Estuary e Rd Moseley Rd Bailey Rd Smith River Bend From Hwy 101 at the OR/CA border, ak From Hwy 101 at the OR/CA border, drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith Riv- Lower L drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith River, er, turn R on Lake Earl Dr, then first Kellogg Rd turn R on Lake Earl Dr, then first R on R on Bailey, first L on Mosley, turn L Bailey, first L on Mosley, turn R at T on at T on Lower Lake Rd and turn R Tell Blvd Lower Lake Rd and drive through the on Kellogg Rd. Go 0.8 mi to L on Dr Tell Blvd in the failed Pacific Shores Lo Smith River bottoms until road ends Earl we subdivision. Go 0.4 mi to 3rd inter- r at Tedsen Dairy. Turn L onto Pala Rd La e Lak ke (graveled) to end at a locked gate and section, turn R 0.2 mi to T and turn R d parking area. L. Bear left at 0.1 and 0.6 mi from The Smith River bottomlands during T and continue straight for 2.4 mi to spring migration offer the spectacle end and park. Lake Tolowa of thousands of Aleutian Cackling Lake Tolowa and Lake Earl comprise Goose, an Endangered Species Act the West’s largest coastal lagoon 154 Lake Earl success story, grazing in the fields. south of Alaska and form the heart Look in trees bordering the pasture- of 11,000 acres of protected land. lands for roosting Great Egret and This is a designated California Im- 155 Great Blue Heron and an occasional portant Bird Area with 300 bird spe- cies recorded. On the straightaway 163 156 Bald Eagle. Through the gate to the St George Reef La ke first dune is a good area for White- before the lagoon, look for Northern 8 nautical vie w Dr tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Ameri- Shrike and American Pipit in winter miles west r can Pipit, Horned Lark, and Lapland and Vesper and Savannah Sparrow rl D Ea Longspur. North of the parking area, in summer. Northern Harrier, Short- ke La take the trail towards the river and eared Owl, Horned Lark, and Lap- walk the banks to see Common Gold- land Longspur are also seen in this r r yD eneye, Common Merganser, Tundra area. Walk south either via the beach D kwa t ar res 157 Swan, and gulls in winter. Black- or along the lagoon to Lake Tolowa P Northc crowned Night-heron often roost on mouth. See American and Pacific the opposite shore. A colony of Bank Golden-Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, West Washington Blvd Swallow and all seven species of Wilson’s Snipe, Western Sandpiper, Pe swallows including Purple Martin oc- Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, and bble Be cur in summer. Western Snowy Plover. Rarities have 158 ac h Rd Dr included Mountain Plover, Upland all ey KFG Sandpiper, Elegant Tern, and Snow 159 St El kV Sponsor: Alexandre EcoDairy Pebble Beach Dr 9th Bunting. St Farms A St nt Fro 161 AEFGH CRESCENT CITY Sponsor: Tolowa Dunes 160 162 Stewards B i r d i n g T i P PHOTO BY: TeRRYsTeeLenaTURePHOTOgRaPHY.cOM winter storms with sustained westerly winds PHOTO BY: RicHaRd cROnBeRg can push seabirds close to PHOTO BY: LOis MiLLeR shore, but be sure to dress appropriately for inclement weather. Black Oystercatcher Dark-eyed Junco Wilson'sWarbler 41 41
    • 157. Point St. George ing ground. See spectacular fly-offs From Hwy 101 S in Crescent City, at dawn. View the Rock upclose by take Washington Blvd exit W. From charter, see St. George Reef (Pelagic Hwy 101 N take Parkway Dr exit, site) description. turn W on Washington Blvd to Pebble Beach Dr, follow curve to R and park ACEFGHK in any turnout on L, or drive 1.1 mi Sponsor: Aleutian Goose Festival to parking lot. Look northwest to see the St. George Reef Lighthouse built after the wreck of the steamer (Brother Johnathan) in 1865. Find Black-legged Kittiwake, Marbled Murrelet, Rock Sandpiper, Sanderling, Surfbird, Tufted Puffin, Rhinoceros Auklet, Aleutian Cackling Goose, Northern Harrier, Western Meadowlark, American Pipit, Cliff Swallow, Lapland Longspur, and Savannah Sparrow, rarely a Black- PHOTO BY: dOn MUnsOn footed Albatross. At winter’s dusk, look for a Short-eared Owl in the PHOTO BY: LOis MiLLeR grasslands to the east of the park- ing lot. AEFG Sponsor: Elk Valley Rancheria Allen's Hummingbird Bald Eagle 158. Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge 155. Lake Earl Coastal 156. Lake Earl Coastal From Hwy 101 S in Crescent City, 159. Pebble Beach Drive take Washington Blvd exit W. From From Hwy 101 in Crescent City, go Lagoon Trail Lagoon Boat Launch W on 9th St to Pebble Beach Dr, turn From Hwy 101 at the OR/CA border, From Hwy 101 at the OR/CA border, Hwy 101 N, take Parkway Dr exit, turn W on Washington Blvd and pro- L or R for birding and coastal access drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith Riv- drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith Riv- (Brother Jonathan Overlook to L, most er, turn R on Lake Earl Dr, and follow er, turn R on Lake Earl Dr and follow ceed to coast turning S or NW to ac- cess pullouts. of Pebble Beach Dr to R). S 4.6 mi to parking lot on R. 5.5 mi S. Turn R on Lakeview Dr and Best birded by car and with a spot- A 1-mile loop trail traverses coastal go 0.8 mi to boat launch. Castle Rock, part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, is the sec- ting scope, Pebble Beach Drive sitka spruce/grand fir forest, where Alive with waterfowl from fall-spring, boasts beautiful beaches, abundant views of Lake Earl and Brush and fluctuating water level ensures ond largest seabird colony in Califor- nia and third largest in the Lower 48 tidepools and superb viewing of Jordan Creek estuaries may reveal ever-changing bird variety, includ- shorebirds including Rock Sandpiper, flocks of waterfowl or shorebirds in ing Virginia Rail, Sora, Common states. Spotting scopes are strongly recommended to view this large Willet, Wandering Tattler, Whimbrel, migration, with Bald Eagle and Per- Snipe, Black Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, egrine Falcon interspersed. In the Common Yellowthroat, Red-winged offshore island from the pullout or hike to bluff top. Eleven seabird and Surfbird. Watch for Bar-tailed marshes see Northern Harrier, Great Blackbird, Peregrine Falcon, and Godwit at Marhoffer Creek. During Egret, Green Heron, Common Yellow- Red-shouldered Hawk. Band-tailed species breed here: 80,000+ Com- mon Murre, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, spring and fall migration, watch and throat, and Marsh Wren. Find Ameri- Pigeon frequent nearby spruce trees. listen for all species of swallows, also can Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora in Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Cassin’s Auklet, Brandt’s Cormorant, Western Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Pe- sparrows, pipits, blackbirds, crows winter. When lagoon level recedes, Gadwall, Virginia Rail, American Coot, and ravens. Scope offshore rocks and mudflats support large numbers of Marsh Wren, and an isolated colony lagic Cormorant, Rhinoceros Auklet, Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, Black Oys- surf for Brown Pelican, Brandt’s and shorebirds, mostly sandpipers and of Western Grebe breed at the la- Pelagic Cormorant, Black Scoter, and Long and Short-billed Dowitcher. goon. tercatcher, and Tufted Puffin. May to July is the best time to experience Common Murre. At Brother Jonathan AEFGH CEFGHK breeding activity. In late-March Overlook S of 9th Street watch gray Sponsor: Flight Feathers Wild Sponsor: Lake Earl Audubon annual Aleutian Goose Festival: A whales in winter. Bird Rescue Branch/Redwood Region Celebration of Wildness in Cres- CEFGK Audubon Society cent City coincides with thousands Sponsor: Elk Valley Rancheria of Aleutian Cackling Geese using Castle Rock as primary spring stag- 42
    • 160. Battery Point ate an excellent spot for Western, and Rhinoceros Auklet in the late beach at Wilson Creek, turn R into Lighthouse Glaucous-winged, Mew, California, fall. Spring to fall, Marbled and An- Trail parking lot. From Hwy 101 in Crescent City, turn Heermann’s and Herring Gull. This cient Murrelet are often seen. Watch Easy access to the Pacific Ocean on W on Front St to A St, turn L and go location is seasonal for Caspian Tern, gray whale migration in winter. From a hiking trail through coastal willow 2 blocks to Battery Point parking lot. and best local spot for Elegant Tern. Citizens Dock Road see harbor seal and brush to an incredible view of a The lighthouse is accessible only at Also good for Black-crowned Night- and California sea lion. Surf Scoter, large seastack, False Klamath Rock, low tide. Heron, Western Grebe, Osprey, Great Harlequin Duck, Black and Ruddy which is home to the fourth largest Spectacular location with views of Egret, Red Phalarope, Whimbrel and Turnstone, Surfbird, Willet, Whimbrel, seabird breeding colony on the Cali- the harbor, rocky coastline, and Pa- Sanderling. Walk the trail upstream Brown Pelican, and Double-crested fornia coast. More than 25,000 Com- cific Ocean from the longest con- for rarities including Least Tern. Cormorant are common among the mon Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and tinually occupied lighthouse on the Walking distance to North Coast Ma- docks. Good for Brandt’s and Pe- Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorant nest West Coast (seasonal tours). Good rine Mammal Center, Redwood Na- lagic Cormorant, Greater and Lesser on the rock. Surfbird, Brown Pelican, for Heermann’s Gull, Brown Pelican, tional Park Headquarters, Shoreline Scaup, Bufflehead, and Red-breasted Black Oystercatcher, and Black Turn- Osprey, Caspian Tern, Black Oys- RV Park, Ocean World and Cultural Merganser. Occasional Long-tailed stone are common in surf and tidal tercatcher, Wandering Tattler, Black Center, where Chamber of Com- Duck, Osprey, Merlin, and Peregrine areas. merce Visitor Center stocks Alan D. Falcon. Gulls commonly include Turnstone, and Surfbird. Rarely, spot Barron’s A Birdfinding Guide to Del Western, Glaucous-winged, Heer- ACEFGH a Rock Sandpiper. Fish or crab with- out a license or bird on nearby ADA- Norte County. mann’s in June or July, Mew, Califor- PHOTO BY: dave Ledig/Us FisH&WiLdLiFe accessible B Street Pier. nia, Herring, or Ringed-bill in winter, ABCEFGHK and occasional Thayer’s or Glaucous. CEFGK Sponsor: City of Crescent City Terns are usually Caspian, but may Sponsor: Del Norte County 162. Crescent City Harbor include Elegant. Historical Society From Hwy 101 in S Crescent City, ACEFGK 161. Elk Creek Mouth turn W into the harbor on Anchor Way Sponsor: Aleutian Goose Festival From Hwy 101 and Front St in Cres- or Citizens Dock Rd, and proceed to cent City, go 0.3 mi W on Front St, parking. 163. St. George Reef turn S on Stamps Way into Beachfront At Anchor Way, the sandy expanse (Pelagic Site) Park, and go 0.15 mi to Howe Dr. Elk of South Beach is favored by resting Six to 11 Nautical mi WNW of Cres- Pigeon Guillemot Creek is to L approx 100 yards, next Sanderling and Whimbrel. From the cent City Harbor. The St. George Reef to paved bike/ped trail. top of Whaler’s Island spot Common Lighthouse is at the NW edge of the Loon, Western Grebe, Surf Scoter, Sponsor: Trees of Mystery Estuary and expansive tidal flats cre- reef, at approximately 41° 50’ 13” N, 124° 22’ 30” W. 165. Klamath River Overlook This is a pelagic (open ocean) area From Hwy 101 & Front St in Cres- providing a doubly unique experi- cent City, drive S 17.7 mi, turn W on ence: rarely seen open-ocean spe- Requa Rd, and follow uphill 2.3 mi to cies and close-up of the St. George Klamath River Overlook. Reef Lighthouse, completed in 1892. One of the north coast’s most spec- Best visited spring to fall to see Black tacular views is from 600 feet above Footed Albatross, shearwaters, auk- the river mouth. lets, jaegers, and Ancient and Mar- Scope Bald Eagle, Osprey, American bled Murrelet. Guided trips available Kestrel, Common and Pacific Loon, during the Aleutian Goose Festival Red-necked and Western Grebe, Surf (late March/early April, www.aleutian- Scoter, and Black-legged Kittiwake. goosefestival.org) and through the Common Murre and Pigeon Guillemot Siskiyou Field Institute (www.thesfi. are seen in breeding season. Hillside org.) Charters may also be available below overlook is alive in spring with at the Crescent City Harbor. Allen’s Hummingbird, Wrentit, and Or- H ange-crowned Warbler. May to June Sponsor: Bicoastal Media watch for migrating Black Swift among Vaux’s Swift and swallows. A steep 164. Lagoon Creek Coastal PHOTO BY: LOis MiLLeR trail near the parking lot entrance Trail and False Klamath Cove winds far down the bluff to a viewing From Hwy 101 & Front St in Crescent platform, best place to spot seals, sea City, drive S 14 mi through Del Norte lions, and whales. The ancestral ter- Redwoods State Park. Past the ocean ritory of the Yurok people (People of the Salmon) extends from the mouth Cedar Waxwing 43
    • 40 miles upriver. They are the largest 167. Howland Hill Road California tribe with continuous oc- From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, cupancy of their aboriginal lands and take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi, still maintain sovereign rights to fish continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How- in traditional ways for salmon. land Hill Rd, turn R and cross two ACEFGK bridges. After 2nd bridge, bear R and Sponsor: Trees of Mystery bird along 10-mi dirt road connecting Hiouchi and Crescent City. 166. Klamath River Mouth This is an old wagon road that twists From Hwy 101 & Front St in Crescent through the heart of old-growth red- City, drive S 21 mi, cross Klamath wood forest and provides access to River, turn R past end of bridge on Mill Creek and several hiking trails. Watch for American Dipper, Common PHOTO BY: ROn gReen Klamath Beach Rd, 0.3 mi to Stop sign, turn L, and use turnouts on right Merganser or Osprey from the bridge to view river area. At 3.2 mi, park over Mill Creek. Look and listen for on R shoulder before gated road at tiny Winter Wren and Swainson’s Yurok Ceremonial Dancing Grounds, or Varied Thrush along the densely walk through Dancing Grounds to wooded roadside. You may see or beach trail, or at 3.5 mi, view mouth hear Marbled Murrelet, Barred Owl, Ospreys from overlook on R. Pileated Woodpecker, Vaux’s Swift, Along the lower river, almost any Wilson’s Warbler, Pacific-slope Fly- duck is possible, especially in win- catcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch. A short side Spotted Sandpiper, Band-tailed Pi- ter including Wood Duck, Mallard, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. trail leads from the grove to the banks geon, Common Raven, and Warbling Green-winged Teal, Common Mer- ACEFGK of the Smith River and the mouth of Vireo. In spring, catch an early morn- ganser, Bufflehead, and Greater Sponsor: Elk Valley Rancheria Mill Creek. Survey the river corridor ing glimpse of Marbled Murrelet along Scaup. Watch river bars or treeline for Common Merganser, Harlequin the river corridor as they fly above the for Bald Eagle and Osprey. Estu- Duck, American Dipper, Belted-King- treetops to and from the ocean. ary attracts large flocks of Western fisher, and Osprey. and Glaucous-winged Gull, Double- ABCDEFGH crested Cormorants, often hundreds ACEFGK Sponsor: Redwood National and of Brown Pelican and Heermann’s Sponsor: Redwood National and State Parks Gull interspersed with Caspian and State Parks 170. South Fork Road Elegant Tern. Common Raven rest on 169. Jedediah Smith From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, PHOTO BY: LOis MiLLeR the beach or driftwood. On the ocean side is a haulout for harbor seals Redwoods State Park take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi, Campground continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How- and California sea lion. Watch for land Hill Rd, turn R and cross two Common, Pacific, and Red-throated N of Crescent City on Hwy 101, take Hwy 199 E 4 mi to Jedediah Smith bridges. After second bridge, bear left Loon, Western Grebe, Surf Scoter, on South Fork Rd. and Black-legged Kittiwake in win- Redwood State Park Campground, Black Phoebe entrance on R. On the next 14 miles, view and access ter. Scope for Marbled and Ancient the Smith River, and pass through Murrelet. River otters glide and feed Beautiful campground among tow- along the edge. 168. Stout Grove, Jedediah ering redwoods nestled in a curve creekside riparian areas and varying Smith Redwoods State Park of the Wild and Scenic Smith River. forest types for good birding, espe- ABEFGK From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, Possible sightings throughout the cially during warmer months. Look Sponsor: Green Diamond take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi, campground and day-use area in- for Band-tailed Pigeon, Olive-sided Resource Company continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How- clude Vaux’s Swift, Hairy and Pile- Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee, land Hill Rd, turn R and cross two ated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Violet-green bridges. After 2nd bridge, bear R Olive-sided and Pacific-slope Fly- Swallow, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut- BY: KevinsMiTHnaTURePHOTOs.cOM onto Howland Hill Rd, and drive 2.4 catcher, Western Wood-pewee, Gray backed Chickadee, American Dipper mi to the grove. Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, (at bridges) Golden-crowned Kinglet, A ½-mile loop trail is an easy walk in Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Gold- and Cassin’s, Hutton’s and Warbling a majestic grove of ancient redwoods, en-crowned Kinglet, Hutton’s Vireo, Vireo. In winter, see breeding Purple among the first areas protected Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s, Hermit, Finch, Red Crossbill, and Pine Siskin. by Save-the-Redwoods League in and Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tana- K California. Forest species include ger, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and Sponsor: Flockfinders (Alan D. Marbled Murrelet, Swainson’s and Pine Siskin. Along the river look for Barron) Varied Thrush, Winter Wren, and Common Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Red-breasted Nuthatch 44
    • 171. Gasquet-Orleans (GO) Road From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi, continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How- land Hill Rd, turn R, and cross two bridges. After second bridge, bear left PHOTO BY: RicHaRd cROnBeRg on South Fork Rd and continue 14 mi to turnoff for GO Rd and a hard R across river bridge. Follow until the road ends at trailhead for Siskiyou Wilderness. Road subject to winter closure. The GO Rd was planned for log- ging access and a paved road from Golden-crowned Sparrow PHOTO BY: ROn gReen Del Norte County to the tiny town of Orleans on the Klamath River. Con- tanoak dominated forest. Watch for miles to the Young’s Valley/Sanger struction was halted to protect sacred Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s and Lake trail marker. Drive R 1.5 mi to sites for the Karuk, Hoopa, and Yurok Hutton’s Vireo, and Black-throated Young’s Valley Trail or L 0.5 mi to tribes. Make frequent stops for best Gray and Hermit Warbler during the Sanger Lake. birding, including Northern Pygmy- breeding season. Northern Pygmy- The high country has serpentine soils owl, Common Nighthawk, Hairy and Double-crested Cormorant owl are in the area and often attract that host a unique variety of endemic Pileated Woodpecker, Bushtit, and the harsh calls of Bushtit, Wrentit, plants and trees, which support spe- Red-breasted Nuthatch. Ruffed and 172. Knopki Creek Road Nashville, and MacGillivray’s War- cies of birds that are otherwise rare Blue Grouse, Mountain Quail, Flam- From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, bler, and Spotted Towhee. Good high to the region. Old-growth cedars and mulated Owl, Saw-whet Owl, White- take Hwy 199 E to the town of Gas- country candidates are Mountain fir host Brown Creeper, Mountain headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s quet. From the small white Smith Quail and Ruffed Grouse. The alder- Chickadee, Cassin’s Finch, and Dark- and Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, River NRA visitor center on L, con- and maple-lined creeks and riparian eyed Junco. Watch for Red-breasted and Hermit Warbler breed along this tinue 15.4 mi to graveled Knopki areas attract swallowtail and sisters Sapsucker and White-headed Wood- route. This area has easiest and best Creek Rd (18N07), turn R. Bird along butterflies in the hottest weather. pecker. Rarities include Northern places to see the Siskiyou/Klamath this ascending road for 13.4 miles Goshawk and Golden Eagle. Wild- endemic weeping Brewer’s spruce, a to the Young’s Valley/Sanger Lake KL flowers and hummingbirds abound in relict species from the last ice age. trail marker. Road subject to winter Sponsor: Flockfinders (Alan D. late summer in Young’s Valley, one of Barron) AKL closure. the jewels of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Sponsor: California Wilderness A scenic route into the Smith River Many wonderful backpacking routes Coalition National Recreation Area to view high begin at this trailhead. Tiny Sanger elevation birds, the first few miles Lake attracts thirsty wildlife on warm climb through a Douglas-fir and days. ABKL Sponsor: California Wilderness PHOTO BY: LOis MiLLeR Coalition Savannah Sparrow 173. Young’s Valley PHOTO BY: RicHaRd cROnBeRg and Sanger Lake From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City PHOTO BY: LOis MiLLeR take Hwy 199 E to the town of Gas- quet. From the small white Smith River NRA visitor center on L continue 15.4 mi to the graveled Knopki Creek Rd (18N07) and turn R, drive 13.4 Bonaparte's Gull Black-throated Gray Warbler 45