SITE 22
ROWDY CREEK ROAD/LOW DIVIDE AREA (seasonal closures)

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 13.4 miles to Rowdy Creek Road, turn right. Road paved for 2.0 miles. Gravel road for 18.0 miles to Highway 197 (USFS maps available at Gasquet Ranger Station). 

Description: A good route for higher elevation species. This 20-mile maintained and windy gravel road travels through unique serpentine botanical communities and a pygmy pine forest, which attracts

Amenities:

restrictions

Sponsor:
 Green Diamond Resource Company
 
mountain birds. At the beginning and lower elevation of the road where it passes through a lush riparian corridor along Rowdy Creek, watch for Allen’s Hummingbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Bunting, American and Lesser Goldfinch, flocks of sparrow, junco, and towee. Common breeding birds include Hairy Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Steller’s Jay, Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Winter Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Hutton’s and Warbling Vireo, Song Sparrow, and Purple Finch. As you travel higher up the road and into serpentine country watch for resident Western Scrub Jay, Bushtit, Wrentit, and Spotted Towee. The winter brings Mountain Quail, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted and an occasional White-breasted Nuthatch, as well as Western Bluebird. Sporadic visitors include Clark’s Nutcracker, Cassin’s Finch, and Common Snipe. Because of the warmer and dryer summer weather at this elevation, it is a great area for butterfly watching.
 
rowdy creek high divide map
 
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