Directions to Kidder Lake TH. This trail head is not marked on my newest version of MMW map as a TH. Road going in to it is not always in good condition, so the going can be slow. There is a gate that can be locked across it, by the timber company who owns the land it is on, but isnít at this time. Might want to call Ranger Station first to find out for sure however.
Off of Hwy. 3, between Fort Jones and Etna, take Quartz Valley road and then turn left on the first street, which is Main Street, that goes thru the tiny town called Greenview. Take Kidder Creek Road heading west at the Post Office. Stay on that road all the way to the Trail Head. It will be paved for a couple of miles, and will then turn to dirt.
Fairly well maintained dirt road. Narrow in places, so be alert and watch ahead for on-coming traffic. There isn't much traffic, but it's not uncommon to meet a vehicle going the other direction. There is one very sharp turn, at one of the creek crossings, which you must take as wide as you possibly can - and watch your trailer tires in your rear view mirror carefully as you make the turn. If you have a very long trailer, do not attempt it. (Mine is 18' and can just barely makes this turn with my crew cab truck) For the last steep climb of +/- 1/2 mile, use 4-wheel drive if pulling a trailer.
Forest Service Klamath Natl. Forest Map or Forest Service Marble Mountain Wilderness map. One mile square to the left of R.10.W. (top of map) and 1 1/2 mile squares above T.42.N. (side of map).
Kidder Lake TH is usually open by early June.
If you have a very large trailer, this is not a good road to attempt. Also, if you are not comfortable with mountain back road conditions or with turning your rig around in tight places, this is not a good road to attempt. However, the ride up to Kidder Lake and onto the PCT is a very nice ride thru the forest, with some nice view spots as you near the lake and again as you reach the PCT.
A nice fairly long day ride loop can be done by starting here, and going up to the PCT, then turning left and then back down the Shelly Meadows/Kidder Creek trail and coming out at the Shelly Meadows/Kidder Creek TH about 1/2 mile below this trail head.
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