Likely (formerly, South Fork) is a census-designated place in Modoc County, California. It is located near the South Fork of the Pit River 18 miles (29 km) south of the county seat of Alturas, at an elevation of 4,449 feet (1,356 m). Located 6 miles (9.7 km) north-northwest of Likely Mountain, it is somewhat sheltered from prevailing southwesterly winds, and its microclimate is noticeably drier and less stormy than surrounding areas. The ZIP Code for the community is 96116. Likely has been noted for its unusual place name.