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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Aspen Picnic Site Aspen is a day use area only with nearby campgrounds for those guests desiring to stay longer.  Aspen is on the northeast shore of Jackson Meadow Reservoir.
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ATV Bypass 05617 Access from Chamisoso Trailhead. Please consult the  Manzanita Mountains Trail System Map Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed Be courteous to other users, motorized vehicles and bicycles yield to hikers and horses It is the recreationist’s responsibility to know which trails are designated for motorized vehicles and to follow the guidelines It is a multi-user area Travel only on established trails
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Badad Do'ag Trail 705
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Baird Glacier The Baird Glacier is located about 20 miles northeast of Petersburg, Alaska. It has a large glacial outwash plain and terminal moraine in front of the ice which supports a diversity of plant and animal life. The outwash plain developed over many decades of sand deposits due to floods and coastal uplift. The terminal moraine is a prominent, long mound of cobble, boulders and sand left behind when the glacier terminus rested there for many years.
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Bald River Gorge Day Hike To help visitors plan their adventure and enjoy this featured day hike, Johnny Molloy, Outdoor Writer & Board Member of Partners of the Cherokee National Forest, has provided an excerpt from his book, Waterfall Hiking Tennessee, Bald River Falls and Middle Bald River Falls Hike.
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Baltimore Lake Baltimore Lake lies in a heavily timbered basin within the Grouse Ridge Non-Motorized Area. This lake supports a brook trout fishery through the planting of 1,500 fingerlings every other year. There are a number of good campsites and fishing is generally good. 
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Banner Summit Rest Stop This rest stop also has two picnic tables for travelers to enjoy a picnic.
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Bannock Pass - CDT Access This historic pass through the Beaverhead mountains has long been a travel route between the Lemhi River Valley and Horse Prairie.
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Basin View #618 Forest Trail #618 (Basin View Trail) is 0.8 miles long. It begins at Forest Trail #531 and ends at Forest Road #237. Forest Trail #618 is open for the following uses: hiking, horseback riding. This trail is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
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Bear Basin Butte Lookout and Pierson Cabin

Find solitude, awe-inspiring views, a quiet haven away from the crowd and the opportunity to feel what it’s like to live in a fire lookout. Experience it all at the top of Bear Basin Butte (elevation 5,303 feet) through the rental of a historic fire lookout and a new 1930s style cabin.

A Room with a View

Take in a panorama of the Siskiyou Crest to the east and rolling mountains to the west. Wisps of clouds and fingers of fog may move among the peaks and valleys, emphasizing the many contours of this striking landscape. Imagine watching a sunrise or sunset, stargazing, or even viewing an approaching storm from this magnificent vantage point! Try your hand at locating named peaks with the Osborne Firefinder, a device used in fire lookout towers.

The Facility and its Story

The lookout was originally built five miles west on French Hill at Camp Six by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.  Part of Forest Service fire detection operations through the 1990s, the lookout was moved in 1997 to Bear Basin Butte for recreational use. The cabin was built at that time.

A Botanical Area

The butte itself sits within the Bear Basin Butte Botanical Area, home to more than 14 species of conifers (cone-bearing trees) and an unusual and beautiful array of wildflowers and plants. All the better to try the Siskiyou Wilderness trailheads three miles from the lookout providing access to Buck Lake, Devil’s Punchbowl, Clear Creek Recreational Trail, and Island Lake. 

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