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Humbug OHV Area

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Klamath National Forest, Oak Knoll Ranger District, Humbug Creek, Kennebec Gulch

Last Known StatusOpen

This offroad area opened to the public around 2013 and offers 14 miles ATV trails, level parking with primitive camping, vault toilets and a youth training area. We took a spin through the area during summer 2018 and found most of the amenities in good condition but it's clear that this spot doesn't receive much use. The main staging area was graveled and fenced in but the youth training area and loading ramps were overgrown with tall grass and weeds. The staging area had two primitive campsites, each with a picnic table and fire ring that still looked fairly new.

There is a short hill to climb from the staging area but as you go up in elevation the trails become lined with mostly pine trees and blackberry bushes. Most of the trails are bordered with nice wooden fencing and are marked and rated. The terrain is mostly hardpacked with the occasional rut and loose chunk rock, but nothing too challenging.

The drive in is a little longer than you'd expect and while the main entrance road is wide and maintained, there are a couple sharp hairpin turns to get through. The drive is easy, just know that GPS and cell phone coverage is weak to non-existent as you head up into the mountains, so go over or print out the driving directions before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Cycle EnginesNo Restriction
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
call and check for fire restrictions
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule EnforcementNone


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Prosfree, nice staging area, quiet
Conslong way in, no cell or internet, GPS signal sketchy
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityYreka, CA
AddressHumbug Creek Road, Yreka, CA 96097
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From: Yreka, CA
1) Take CA-263 north about 1 mile
2) Turn left (north-west) onto Hawkinsville Humbug Road, continue 2.2 miles
3) Veer right at fork to stay on Hawkinsville Humbug Road (should see sign for Humbug OHV Area), continue 3.7 miles (first sharp uphill turn after sign)
4) After crossing bridge turn left (west) onto Humbug Creek Road, continue 2.6 miles
5) Veer right (west) to stay on Humbug Creek Road (you will see a sign for Hawkinsville/Klamath River), continue .2 miles
6) Staging area is on the right (north).

**Note: The main entrance road is wide and maintained but has a few sharp switchbacks. Wide trailers are not not recommended.


Contact InfoKlamath National Forest - Oak Knoll Ranger District
63822 Highway 96
Happy Camp, CA 96039-0377
(530) 493-2243


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Humbug OHV Area Trail

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Approx Size2,560 acres (4 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail14
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2800 to 3500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has no rider traffic on typical days.None
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)USA Gas (530) 842-6539
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)USA Gas (530) 842-6539
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Yreka RV Park (530) 841-0100
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Yreka RV Park (530) 841-0100
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Yreka RV Park (530) 841-0100
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Tree of Heaven Campground (530) 842-6131
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)USA Gas (530) 842-6539
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