SITE 28
YOUNG'S VALLEY & SANGER LAKE TRAILS

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, go 13.4 miles to the Young’s Valley/Sanger Lake trail marker. Go right 1.5 miles to Young’s Valley Trail or left 0.5 mile to Sanger Lake. (USFS maps available at Gasquest Ranger Station) Road subject to winter closures.

Amenities:

hiking restrictions

Sponsor:
 California Wilderness CoalitionFriends of the River
 
Description:
The high country has serpentine soils that produce an exciting variety of endemic plants and trees, which support species of birds found nowhere else in Del Norte County. Old-growth cedars and fir host Brown Creeper, Mountain Chickadee, Cassin’s Finch, and Dark-eyed Junco. Watch for Red-breasted Sapsucker and White-headed Woodpecker. Rarities include Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle. Wildflowers and hummingbirds abound in late summer in Young’s Valley, one of the jewels of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Many wonderful backpacking routes begin at this trailhead. Tiny Sanger Lake attracts thirsty wildlife on warm days.
 
young's valley-sanger lake trails map
 
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