Grassy Knob Wilderness


Grassy Knob Wilderness

Infobox_protected_area | name = Grassy Knob Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib


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location = Oregon, USA
nearest_city = Port Orford, Oregon
lat_degrees = 42
lat_minutes = 44
lat_seconds = 27
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 124
long_minutes = 19
long_seconds = 36
long_direction = W
area = convert|17200|acre|km2|1|sing=off
established = 1984
governing_body = United States Forest Service

Grassy Knob Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Klamath Mountains of southwestern Oregon, within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. It was designated wilderness by the United States Congress in 1984 and now comprises a total of convert|17200|acre|km2|0|sing=off. [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/recreation/wilderness/grassy-knob.shtml Grassy Knob Wilderness] - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest] Like most wilderness areas in Oregon, Grassy Knob is managed by the Forest Service.

Topography

Elevations in Grassy Knob Wilderness range from near sea level to convert|2342|ft|m|1|sing=off at the summit of Grassy Knob. Many small streams tumble for short distances over waterfalls and through ravines in the Wilderness. The primary drainage is Dry Creek, a tributary of the Sixes River, and marks the northern boundary of the Wilderness, while the Elk River marks the southern border. [http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.asp?trailid=HGW249-006 Grassy Knob Wilderness Area Trails] - Trails.com] The Elk has Wild and Scenic designation. [ [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/recreation/rivers/elk.shtml Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest] - Wild and Scenic Elk River]

Vegetation

Grassy Knob Wilderness is home to the Port Orford cedar, including some stands of old growth with some trunks exceeding six feet in diameter. Old growth Douglas fir exists in the Wilderness as well. [http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/or_grass.htm Grassy Knob Wilderness, Oregon] - GORP]

Fish

Both the Elk and Sixes Rivers are major steelhead and salmon streams. Some claim that the Elk River is the most productive salmon stream of its size outside of Alaska. Wild native cutthroat trout can also be found here.

Recreation

Popular recreational activities in the Grassy Knob Wilderness include fishing, wildlife watching and hiking, though there are very few established trails. The Wilderness also offers extraordinary opportunities for solitude.

References

See also

* List of Oregon Wildernesses
* List of U.S. Wilderness Areas
* Wilderness Act
* List of old growth forests

External links

* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/recreation/wilderness/grassy-knob.shtml Grassy Knob Wilderness] - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/recreation/rivers/elk.shtml Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest] - Wild and Scenic Elk River


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