Size: 11,001 acres.
Location: Mendocino County: Five miles southeast of Leggett, California.
Area Description :
There are two major forest types encompassing the area; the mixed evergreen forest and the redwood forest. Late-successional and old-growth stands of Douglas-fir are scattered throughout the area. Chaparral communities are found mainly on south-facing slopes and ridgetops. The South Fork Eel Wild and Scenic River flows through and bisects the wilderness area.
Notable wildlife species include the federally-threatened northern spotted owl and other old-growth forest related species, the federally-endangered bald eagle and peregrine falcon. Anadromous fish species such as Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead utilize the South Fork Eel River and its tributaries as rearing and spawning grounds.
Getting There :
Access to the wilderness area is from U.S. Highway 101 at Laytonville, west on Branscomb Road, then along Jack of Hearts Road, and right on Elkhorn Ridge Road.
Non-federal lands do not exist within the wilderness area.
Additional Information :
Signs indicating the wilderness boundary have not been posted.
Mechanized or motorized vehicles are not allowed in this wilderness area, except for private landowner's access to his property.
Hunting is allowed under state laws.
Fishing is not allowed.
Pets are allowed, and must be under the owner's control at all times.
Camping is allowed, limited to 14 days.
Campfires are allowed unless prohibited during seasonal fire restrictions.
Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Do not cut live vegetation.
The BLM encourages all desert recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but through the west, to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.
- USDI BLM Edition Surface Management Status 1:100,000-scale topographic map
- USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps:
- Lincoln Ridge
- Tan Oak Park
Arcata Field Office
Go to BLM Wilderness List