The Klamath National Forest encompasses nearly 1.7 million acres of land straddling the California and Oregon border. In the mountains to the west, the terrain is steep and rugged while the east side has the relatively gentler, rolling terrain of volcanic origin. With elevations ranging from 450 to 8,900 feet above sea level, the Forest is one of America’s most biologically diverse regions, situated in a transitional region between the hotter and drier areas of the south and the colder and wetter locale of the north.
The Klamath National Forest includes some or all of five wilderness areas: Marble Mountain, Russian, Trinity Alps, Red Buttes, and the Siskiyou and contains 1,100 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Four National Recreation Trails, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), the Boundary National Recreation Trail, the Kelsey National Recreation Trail and the Clear Creek National Recreation Trail explore the high country.
The climate within much of the Klamath National Forest is influenced by elevation. April through October are normally dry, with warm temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.
The Klamath NF Trail Corps will spend much of the Team's two months of service in the backcountry areas within the Klamath National Forest. The main duties of this Team will consist of general trail maintenance: tread and drainage projects; building erosion control structures; brushing vegetation and clearing downed trees. Terrain in the Klamath NF is steep, the work will be strenuous and members should arrive in good physical condition. The Team will work a ten days on, four days off schedule. The Klamath NF will use horses and mules to pack the Team to a basecamp and the Team will spend the entire ten days in the backcountry. If the Team is deep in the backcountry, members should be prepared to spend their four days off at their backcountry location.