SITE 27
KNOPKI CREEK ROAD

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 4.3 miles, go east on Highway 199 9.7 miles to Smith River NRA visitor center on left in town of Gasquet. Continue 15.4 miles to graveled Knopki Creek Road (18N07), turn right. Bird along this ascending road for 13.4 miles to the Young’s Valley/Sanger Lake trail marker. (USFS maps available at Gasquest Ranger Station) Road subject to winter closure.

Amenities:

  important bird area   restrictions

Sponsor:
 Flockfinders (Alan D. Barron)
 
Description:
A scenic route into the Smith River National Recreation Area to view high elevation birds, the first few miles climbs through a Douglas- fir and tanoak-dominated forest. Watch for Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireo, and Black-throated Gray and Hermit Warbler during the breeding season. Northern Pygmy-owl are in the area and often attract the harsh calls of Bushtit, Wrentit, Nashville and MacGillivray’s Warbler, and Spotted Towhee. Good high country candidates are Mountain Quail and Ruffed Grouse. The alder and maple crowded creeks and riparian areas attract swallowtail and sister butterflies in the hottest weather.
 
knopki creek map
 
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