Adventurers travel from around the world to take in the majesty of the Redwood groves of Yurok Country. In Yurok Country, you’re in short driving distance of the more than 200 miles of trails that wisps along the beaches and through the centuries old forests—forests where some trees approach over 350 feet in height and 2,000 years of age. Take a ride on sky tram gondola at Trees of Mystery. Redwood National and State Parks are also home to a host of iconic animals such as Roosevelt elk, black bears, bald eagles and California sea lions. The forests are also reputed to be a favorite stomping ground of O-mah, or Bigfoot as you may have heard him called. If you’re looking for great fishing, ocean charters are available from nearby Crescent City; and August through October, you can cast a line for Chinook (King) salmon in the renowned Klamath River.
State Route 101 within the Yurok Ancestral Territory approximately from Little River (south) to Damnation Creek (north). As you travel along this portion of the Byway, it is easy to imagine how the coastal Yuroks were able to live off the land. Look for redwood trees, various lagoons, and the lifeblood of the Yurok People; the Klamath River.
The Highway 101 Byway and Requa Road are the two Yurok Scenic Byways that pass through the community of Klamath. Requa Road turns off Hwy 101 and winds up to the Klamath River Overlook which possesses one of the best locations for sight-seeing of the Mouth of the Klamath River.
Along this byway a visitor will see changes in the landscape. It is more mountainous, with wide open prairies where Roosevelt Elk graze. Bald Hills Road is a main transportation route for people from inland villages traveling to the ocean and vice versa. In addition, Bald Hills Road connects the byway visitor to the two remaining Yurok Scenic Byways; Hwy 169 and Hwy 96 byways on the upper portion of the Yurok Indian Reservation.
There are two sections of Hwy 169 with access from Hwy 101 and Hwy 96. The northern part begins at the intersection of Hwy 101/169 and follows the Klamath River approximately 4 miles ending at Klamath Glen. The southern part of Hwy 169 begins at the intersection of Hwy 96/169 (confluence of Klamath & Trinity Rivers) and follows the Klamath River north approximately 20 miles. This unique highway with windy narrow lanes is mainly residential but is scheduled for major safety improvements between Weitchpec & Wautek. Both Northern & Southern portions of Hwy 169 are on the Yurok Indian Reservation.
Hwy 96 begins northbound from the intersection of Hwy 299/96 in Willow Creek, following the Trinity River through Tribal lands of three Federally Recognized Tribes. Hwy 96 ends at its intersection with Interstate 5 (I-5).
This 50-mile scenic adventure zips you up and down the mighty Klamath. The tour includes narrated cultural and natural history of the area; jet boat trips are a great way to spot wildlife, too; bears and eagles are sometimes seen feeding on salmon along the river. All ages will enjoy the unique adventure. Groups of all sizes welcome. (Open May thru October)