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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
Camp 4 Group Campsite and Day Use Area

This is a group Campsite for parties ranging from 2-35.  It is a developed campground with tables, fire pits, restroom with vault toilet and garbage pick up.  The rate is $30 per night and can be reserved on recreation.gov or reserveamerica.com only.  Permitted campers at this site must stay within site boundaries and not spill over into the day use area.

Behind the group camp site the Camp 4 day use area is open to the public.  Hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  There is NO camping allowed in this area.

Please do not dam up the river, it must flow to remain healthy.

For more information please call the District Office at 530-964-2184

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Campground: Soda Spring

Soda Spring Campground is a small, rustic site located at the end of Forest Road 4510.052 in a stand of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and silver fir. The Campground has 6 sites suitable for tent camping, pickup campers, or smaller trailers. Summit Creek is nearby but not visible from the site but there are a number of dispersed sites along the creek in the area. Sites have moderate screening and are not crowded. There is one old-style double vault toilet and an information board. All sites have tables and fire rings with grill feature.

This campground tends to be lightly used and quiet, with only minor local traffic. The access route is moderately steep single lane with occasional pullouts. Larger trailers are not recommended.

The Cowlitz Trail #44 trailhead is located in the campground, providing access to the adjacent William O. Douglas Wilderness.  Horses are prohibited in the site please use the nearby Soda Spring Horse Trailhead. Local attraction is a small soda spring, site of old bottling facility. No structures remain.

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Campground: Summit

Summit Creek Campground is a small, rustic site located on a small flat between Summit Creek and Forest Road 4510 in a mid-elevation stand of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Access to the creek is available but a high, steep bank makes it challenging. The site is visually exposed to local traffic on Forest Road 4510 and can be dusty at times. The area is open with no screening between camp units.

There are 6 campsites available. Units 1-5 are suitable for tent camping or pickup campers. Unit 6, on the other side of Forest Road 4510, may be suitable for short trailers. Trailers are not recommended for the main campground area due to size and poor road conditions within the site. Parking spurs are not level.

The campground has one old-style double vault toilet and an information board. All sites have tables and fire rings with grill feature. The short access road is narrow and steep. This campground is frequently used by hunters in the fall.

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Camping Area (6S07F)

Trail difficulty: Trail segment is rated as easy.

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Camping Area Tie-in (W-5TIE)

Trail difficulty: Trail segment is rated as easy.

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Candy

A rolling side loop off of upper Lollipop (Named after Taylor Cain, an active volunteer and past president of a local ski club).

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Candy

A rolling side loop off of upper Lollipop (Named after Taylor Cain, an active volunteer and past president of a local ski club).

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Canyon Creek #481

Canyon Creek Trail #481 begins on FSR #888 across from the Snowblind Campground and ends at the end of FSR #888.  The trail follows Canyon Creek in a west/northwest direction toward Tomichi Pass.  Approximately two miles up the trail is an intersection with the Horseshoe Creek Trail #482.  These two trail combined can make about a 19 mile loop and provides some diversified outdoor opportunities.  Trail Map

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Carrissa Lookout

The Carrisa Lookout complex contains the lookout, Observer’s cabin, shed and outhouse.  This 7’ X 7’ Aermotor MC-39 cab sits upon an 80 foot high steel tower erected in 1934. Carrisa’s Observers cabin and shed were constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The site’s structures were restored in 2012, and will be considered for future rental program.  The Carrisa Lookout Complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

The road to the lookout is gated and closed but access to the area by foot is possible.  This site is being converted soon to a cabin rental site, so stay tuned.

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Carson Pass Scenic Byway

Stretching from the Sacramento Valley of California to the Carson Valley in Nevada, this 58-mile byway winds its way through the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, reaches the summit at Carson Pass, and ends up on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. One of the most visually dramatic of the trans-Sierra highways in California, you will witness views of ragged volcanic skylines, cool green meadows, mountain lakes framed by timber-covered slopes, adventure-filled rock valleys, and distant mountain peaks. Outdoor lovers can go camping, boating, or fishing at one of the many lakes and recreation areas along this route. Winter recreation is just as fantastic: try snowmobiling, sledding, cross-country or downhill skiing. Wilderness areas provide hikers and backpackers with opportunities to get close to nature and check out interpretive signage along the way.

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