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The Bigfoot Scenic Byway

You may not spot a Sasquatch on this route, but you will definitely encounter beautiful forests and winding rivers.

Start:Willow Creek
End:Etna Brewery and Tap House
2 - 3Days,10Stops,153Miles
Willow Creek
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Bigfoot Steakhouse
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Hoopa Valley Reservation
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Bluff Creek Historic Trail
Orleans
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Clear Creek
Happy Camp
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The Seiad Cafe
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Yreka
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Etna Brewery and Tap House
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Stop 1

Willow Creek

38919 CA-299, Willow Creek

Known as the 'Gateway to Big Country' thanks to its position as the southernmost point on the Bigfoot Scenic Byway, the town of Willow Creek fully embraces its nickname. A certain hairy hominid stands guard outside almost every establishment and is featured as the main attraction in gift shops, museums, restaurants and hotels. Visit the kitsch but cool Willow Creek-China Flat Museum to study Sasquatch photos and supposed footprint casts.

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Stop 3

Hoopa Valley Reservation

Hoopa

The Hoopa people have called the banks of the Trinity River home for more than 1,000 years. Today, the Hoopa Valley Reservation is a thriving community that honours the tribe’s long-held traditions of fishing, basketry and horn carving. Visitors are welcome at the Hoopa Valley Museum where hundreds of artefacts, including colourful baby baskets and dentenia shell capes are on display. Check the schedule for upcoming classes such as traditional dress sewing and bow-quiver crafting.

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    Stop 4

    Bluff Creek Historic Trail

    Bluff Creek, Orleans

    Located near the E-Ne-Nuk Campground in Six Rivers National Forest, the Bluff Creek Historic Trail is a wonderful way to experience the majesty of the mighty Klamath. Look for signs just off of the Bigfoot Scenic Byway and get ready for a climb. The 1.25-mile uphill trek rewards those who make the effort with a lovely view of the river (cerulean waters, green mountains, rocky riverbeds). Make sure your camera is handy: you’re not far from where two filmmakers captured famous footage of a supposedly female Sasquatch in action. The infamous Patterson–Gimlin tape, shot in 1967, sparked a still-simmering debate about the existence of the mythical simian.

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      Stop 5

      Orleans

      Orleans

      First home to the Karuk Tribe, Orleans was known as Panamik before the miners renamed the town in the mid-19th century. The first post office was established in 1857 and aside from roads and property, there’s been little built since. If you’re looking to unplug, book a cabin at Sandy Bar Ranch where guests can help milk the goats in the morning before moseying down to the Klamath River to fish, kayak or swim. Even if you’re just passing through Orleans, you should stop to walk over the pretty suspension bridge to search for frolicking otters and running rainbow trout below.

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        Stop 6

        Clear Creek

        Clear Creek

        As the name suggests, this tiny town off of the Bigfoot Scenic Byway boasts glassy water just begging for you to take a dip. In the summer, locals flock to two popular Clear Creek swimming holes. The first and easiest to access can be found just off the byway. Look for an old country store across the road and you’ll have found the perfect place to splash around. For a more secluded swim, head to the No Mans Trailhead, located about 13 kilometres off of the main road. Walk along the river for a mile and you’ll find a natural pool with water so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom.

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          Stop 7

          Happy Camp

          Happy Camp

          The little town of Happy Camp marks the northern edge of the Bigfoot Scenic Byway. The town was named as such by satisfied miners and it retains its joyful spirit to this day. Call in at Marble Mountain Gifts Co. to try a banana-bread latté before taking a Sasquatch selfie next to the 12-foot/3.6-metre-tall statue, made entirely of scrap metal. As you’re driving into Happy Camp, heading north, keep your eyes peeled for Wyman Gulch, located just south of the town. Hidden behind the lay-by is a roadside waterfall with a single stone bench, perfect for quiet reflection.

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            SPOTLIGHT

            The Seiad Cafe

            44721 Klamath River Hwy, Klamath River

            The Seiad Cafe, a Pacific Crest Trail favourite, serves hearty sandwiches and breakfast all day. If you can finish five 'challenge-sized' pancakes within two hours, your meal’s on the house.

            Stop 9

            Yreka

            701 4th St, Yreka

            This former gold rush hotspot marks the northernmost border of Shasta Valley. Get a sense of Yreka’s boomtown past on Miner Street, where historic buildings now house charming little shops and restaurants. Find locally roasted beans and something to read in Zephyr Books & Coffee. Children will love sidling up to the counter and ordering an old-fashioned ice cream soda at Shasta’s Chocolate Emporium. Adults may prefer Etna Brewery and Tap House, which serves organic craft beer in a family-friendly setting. Don’t miss the Siskiyou County Museum where a $3 entry fee gives you access to Native American artefacts, antique firearms and early transportation vehicles in the 2.5-acre outdoor gallery.

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              SPOTLIGHT

              Etna Brewery and Tap House

              231 W Miner St, Yreka

              While in Yreka, call in for a pint at Etna Brewery and Tap House which serves organic craft beer in a family-friendly setting. Honour your trip with a toast to Sasquatch and an ice-cold Blackberry Blonde.

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              Road Trip Snapshot

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              Stop 1Willow Creek
              38919 CA-299, Willow Creek
              Stop 3Hoopa Valley Reservation
              Hoopa
                Stop 4Bluff Creek Historic Trail
                Bluff Creek, Orleans
                  Stop 5Orleans
                  Orleans
                    Stop 6Clear Creek
                    Clear Creek
                      Stop 7Happy Camp
                      Happy Camp
                        SPOTLIGHTEtna Brewery and Tap House
                        231 W Miner St, Yreka

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