The Mount Lassic Wilderness, located approximately 20 miles northeast of Garberville and 8 miles west of Ruth Reservoir in Humboldt and Trinity counties, is a picturesque cluster of peaks offering impressive views of the Coast Range. The area contains unique rock formations such as Mount Lassic and Red Lassic that are visible from as far away as the King Range Wilderness to the west and the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness to the south. Vernal pool fairy shrimp live in the area's seasonal wetlands. Vernal pools usually occur at much lower elevations (most notably in the Central Valley), thus making this habitat extremely unique. Unusual soils make this area fascinating to botanists, and six rare plant species have been identified in the region. Other species include northern spotted owl, blue grouse, marten, fisher, and goshawk. Old-growth forests of Douglas fir, incense cedar, and Jeffrey pine cover much of the area.
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 Mount Lassic 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.