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Elk Valley in the Siskiyou Mountains
Six Rivers National Forest, California

Elk Valley is a tiny green valley, a rare opening in the dense forest of the Siskiyou Mountains. It is a wet meadow that was probably a small lake in the recent geologic past. It is located on a spur road near the end of the south segment of the G-O Road, which passes through a striking serpentine bald, a barren area where sterile soils limit the plants that can survive.

Native Americans, Yuroks and Karoks, still camp here in summer to gather traditional materials, particularly bear grass for basketry.


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Serpentine Bald Near Elk Valley

Serpentine Bald Near Elk Valley

A dramatic serpentine bald near Elk Valley in the Siskiyou Mountains

Gasquet-Orleans Road (G-O Road), Klamath National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 30, 2009
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Bear Grass on the G-O Road

Bear Grass on the G-O Road

Bear grass in a burned area at the end of the south section of the G-O Road

Gasquet-Orleans Road (G-O Road), Klamath National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 30, 2009
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Elk Valley in the Siskiyou Mountains

Elk Valley in the Siskiyou Mountains

Elk Valley, a traditional Native American camp and gathering area for basketry materials

Gasquet-Orleans Road (G-O Road), Klamath National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 30, 2009
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