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)
Blue Creek Guide Service specializes in salmon and steelhead fishing trips on all of the North Coast Rivers. His guide service also offers an array of other trips including scenic tours, bio-cultural tours, and diving trips. He guides out of his 22 foot jet boat or 17 foot drift boat. Full day and half day trips are available. Blue Creek Guide service is licensed, insured, and bonded.
Thomas Willson has been operating motorboats on the Klamath River for over 29 years. He has a reputation as a master fisherman. His traditionally-prepared smoked salmon is legendary in Indian Country and around the world. Thomas’s knowledge of the river, the region, and the history of the Yurok people has attracted the attention of the world media. He’s been written about in 2 books by major publishers, including a college-level science textbook. He has also appeared in 3 televised documentaries, including one on PBS.
Experience a slice of Yurok life at this re-created seasonal village at nearby Patrick’s Point State Park. Su-Mêg features traditional family houses, a sweathouse, changing houses, a redwood canoe and a dance house.
Feeling lucky? Then you’ve come to the right place. Redwood Hotel Casino provides a fun, relaxed setting for casual gaming. Start your evening with a libation and dinner at the inviting Abalone Bar & Grill.
Stand before outstanding Pacific Ocean views from the overlook; you may even see a gray whale! Walk 1-mile to Enderts Beach, an access route to multi-colored, myriad tidepool creatures. Be sure to check low tide times. Trailers not advised.
Klamath River Overlook
Drive to Klamath River Overlook, a prime spot for watching the gray whale migration. Look for other marine mammals and a host of seabirds any time of year. Hike ¼ mile down a steep trail to the lower overlook and more dramatic views.
Hidden Beach Trail
Hidden Beach Trail – (part of the Coastal Trail) This beautiful 4 mile hike follows coastal bluffs to Lagoon Creek. Turn West from Highway 101 onto Requa Road to get started