There's seemingly no end to the riches here, from prime birdwatching to gorgeous waterfalls. Wildflowers flourish in the spring and berries are abundant in summer. Scenery varies from dense shaded pine forests of rare Alaska and Port Orford cedar to open meadows with high grasses that wave in the mountain breezes. The trail follows rivers and streams for most of its length, including many prime fishing spots favored by in-the-know anglers. The area is known for its density of plant species, especially the rare Brewers spruce, also known as the "weeping spruce," and its wide variety of lilies.
The Siskiyou Wilderness is also home to many wildlife species. For more off-beat trackers, many Bigfoot sightings have been reported in the area. Happy Camp even features an eighteen-foot-tall Bigfoot statue to welcome visitors. The area's wolverine, martin, and fisher species aren't quite as elusive as Bigfoot, but they are hard to find without the patience and insight of an expert naturalist. Spotted owls are another possible, but rare sighting here. You're more likely to see some of the area's more common and less shy species, which include elk, black bear, and bald eagles.
Will you and your expert tracker make the cover of Time for being the first to capture Bigfoot? Or will you just capture some great memories of one of the country's wildest and most beautiful places? Either way, you'll be glad you made your way out here.