A drive along Klamathon Road and Copco Road, beside the Klamath River, to the Iron Gate Dam and Recreation Area. This is in the far-northern section of the state, only a few miles from Oregon.
For miner-49ers looking for gold in the northern part of California, Yreka was the gateway to the Klamath River Valley, and a gold field in its own right.
Today I’m driving out of Happy Camp on the Klamath River Highway, also known as highway 96. I’m heading east toward Yreka. This is a trip I’ve taken many times before, as I’ve lived in the Klamath National Forest for the last thirteen years.