SITE 32
GASQUET-ORLEANS (GO) ROAD

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 4.3 miles, go east on Hwy 199 5 miles to Hiouchi, continue 1.5 miles to South Fork/Howland Hill Road, turn right and cross two bridges. After second bridge, go left on South Fork Road. Stay on South Fork Road 14 miles to turnoff for GO Road, a hard right across river bridge. Follow until the road ends at trailhead for Siskiyou Wilderness. Road subject to winter closure. Recommended: Stop at the Smith River National Recreation Area Visitor Center in Gasquet on Highway 199 for maps and informational brochures about this forest area.

Amenities:

hiking bird by car restrictions

Sponsor:
 California Wilderness Coalition, Friends of the River
 
Description:
The GO Road was planned for logging access and a paved road from Del Norte County to the tiny town of Orleans on the Klamath River. Construction was halted to protect sacred sites for the Karuk, Hoopa, and Yurok tribes. Make frequent stops for best birding, including Northern Pygmy-owl, Common Nighthawk, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch. Ruffed and Blue Grouse, Mountain Quail, Flammulated Owl, Saw-whet Owl, White-headed Woodpecker, Hamond’s and Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, and Hermit Warbler breed along this route. Easiest and best places to see the Siskiyou/Klamath endemic weeping Brewer’s Spruce, a relict species from the last ice age.
 
gasquet-orleans road map
 
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