The ancient forests of the Yuki Wilderness consist of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Shasta red fir, white fir, and incense cedar. The region also hosts seven species of oak, an unusually high number for any one place to have. Populations of many rare plants have been identified in the area, including serpentine species. The region's Sargent cypress grove is the largest known in the world for this unusual species. Wildflower displays are truly spectacular.
Several rare animals also live in the Yuki Wilderness, including marten, goshawk, northern spotted owl, and prairie falcon. Elk, Thatcher and Deep Hole creeks and the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Eel River host populations of chinook salmon and steelhead trout. The Middle Fork Eel supports between one-third and one-half of California's entire remaining summer-run steelhead trout population. Elk Creek, a tributary to the Eel Wild and Scenic River, was protected in 2019 by a 3000 acre donation of lands from the Trust for Public Lands. The now-wilderness lands along the stream offer important opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, angling, camping, swimming, wildlife viewing and a multitude of other experiences. The large meadow known as Sportsman Glade is also a popular camping destination.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Yuki Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act - Public law 109-362 (10/17/2006) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the Mendocino and Six Rivers National Forests and certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties in the State of California as wilderness, to designate the Elkhorn Ridge Potential Wilderness Area, to designate certain segments of the Black Butte River in Mendocino County, California as a wild or scenic river, and for other purposes.