Clear Creek is a major tributary of the Klamath River, flowing out of the Siskiyou Wilderness in northwest California. This beautiful creek is probably best known for providing one of the primary trail routes into the wilderness, via the Clear Creek National Recreation Trail, which parallels the 23 mile-long creek. The lower creek provides seasonal class III whitewater rafting and kayaking. Anglers seek Clear Creek for a backcountry fishing experience for wild native trout.
Clear Creek flows through a highly scenic and narrow bedrock gorge. Its upper canyon slopes are clothed in old growth mixed conifer forest, including rare Port Orford cedar. The pristine watershed produces water quality with outstanding clarity, which supports phenomenal fish habitat. The creek is home to extensive runs of spring run chinook salmon and rare summer steelhead. The threatened bald eagle frequents the canyon to forage for food.
Although much of the creek is protected within the existing Siskiyou Wilderness, the lower sevens miles remains unprotected. Much of the canyon is sacred to the Karuk Indians, who still visit the area for ceremonial purposes. These first Americans hold their annual world renewal ceremony nearby
How To Get There
From Interstate 5 north of Yreka, proceed east on Hwy 96 approximately 75 miles. Near the Wingate access to the Klamath River, turn right (west) on Forest Road 15N35, proceed approximately 6 miles to the Clear Creek NRT trailhead.