|Snow Mountain Wilderness Area is a 37,000-acre Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest. The Snow Mountain Wilderness straddles the summit of the North Coast Range within Colusa, Glenn and Lake Counties.The central feature of this wilderness is the large broad topped Snow Mountain, which drains water toward the Sacramento River on the east and the Eel River Basin on the west.Elevations range from 1,800 feet in the gorge of the Middle Fork of Stony Creek to 7,056 feet on the summit of East Snow Mountain Peak. The deep canyons skirting the Wilderness compress ecological life zones creating a unique biological sky-island.Forty miles of trails are located in the wilderness. This leaves a vast amount of acreage very remote and highly conducive to cross-country exploration. The moderate hike to the top of East Peak affords visitors a magnificent view of the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, Clear Lake to the southwest, the Coastal Mountains to the west, and the timbered mountains of the Mendocino National Forest to the North.Vegetation in the Snow Mountain Wilderness ranges from chaparral on the low elevation slopes to black oak and mixed conifer at the mid-elevations. In the crest zone, thick stands of true fir, weather-shaped Jeffrey pine and incense cedar exist around natural openings of bare rock and erosion pavement.At the dry lower slopes hikers will find scattered patches of lupine, golden eardrops, coyote mint and Indian paintbrush. As hikers progress up, they will encounter scattered moist meadows and streams, which are accented by scarlet and yellow monkey flowers and other colorful moist-site herbs. As they reach the exposed rocky ridges, wild buckwheat, penstemon, wild onion, purple monkey flowers and pussy paws are more common.The Middle and South Forks of Stony Creek are the only reliable fisheries within the Wilderness. The gorge formed by the Middle Fork of the Stony Creek, as it passes St. John Mountain, has the best native rainbow trout fishery in the area. Terrain has helped keep this stream productive, allowing only the hardiest of fishermen to make the trek into the almost inaccessible canyon. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the special fishing regulations applied to the Middle Fork of Stony Creek.|
|Facilities: Snow Mountain Wilderness does not offer any facilities.|
Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Snow Mountain Wilderness is from early spring to late summer. Snow usually lingers on the high crest-zone until late June. Bathhouse, Deafy Glade and Bear Wallow Trails can offer exhilarating, snow-free winter hikes. Always be prepared for bad weather.
Fees: No fees are charged.
Accessibility: This area is not accessible.
Rules: Wilderness permits are not required but we ask that you sign the register at the trail head; however, a campfire permit is required. Campfire permits can be picked up at any Forest Service office at no charge.
Directions: Snow Mountain Wilderness Area is in the Mendocino National Forest.
Map: Click here for a map to Snow Mountain Wilderness Area
Reservations: Reservations are not needed or required to visit Snow Mountain Wilderness.
|Mendocino National Forest|
|825 Humboldt Ave.|
|Willows, California 95988|
|General: (530) 934-3316|
|Fax: (530) 934-7384|
|TTY: (530) 934-7724|