The Antelope Creek Trail leaves the McClure Trailhead to travel through the Sierra volcanic canyon country of Lassen National Forest. Backpack or day hike past wildflowers and meadows and along the tumbling clear water of North Fork Antelope Creek.
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park has many miles of hiking trails, fascinating human history, and an abundance of wildlife, fascinating volcanic geology, and Cascade volcano views. You’ll have to boat to the park, but that adds to the adventure and also means you’ll have less company. These three hike descriptions of Ahjumawi Lava Springs State […]
Hiking the levee trails along Big Lake, Horr Pond, and the Tule River in the Fall River Valley near McArthur rewards you with views of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta, plus an abundance of wildlife. Hiking Big Lake, Horr Pond, and Tule River Trails: Key Data Distance: up to 8 miles round trip Difficulty: Easy […]
Northern California is a great place for a spring backpacking trip! Here are the best low/middle elevation trails in the Bay Area, Northern Sierra Nevada, Lassen National Forest, Klamath Mountains, redwoods, and North Coast. You can hike many of them year-round, even in winter.
The Devils Corral to Susanville section of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail beckons day hikers, backpackers, bikers, and nature lovers to enjoy the exceptional beauty of the Susan River Canyon. Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail, Devils Corral to Susanville Key Data Length: 13.8 miles round trip Hiking time: 7 hours, or 2 days for […]
Subway Cave and the Hat Creek Trail are on opposite sides of Highway 89 in Lassen National Forest near Cave Campground. And their opposites in another sense: Subway Cave takes you deep underground in a dark, cool, and still lava tube, while the Hat Creek Trail takes you through the open air beside clear, tumbling […]
Ever thought about backpacking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in Northern California? Philip Kramer, author of the new book Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California Section Hiking from Tuolumne Meadows to Donomore Pass (Mountaineers Books, 2018) shares key information in this wide-ranging interview. Why Does Section Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Have Such […]
The Mill Creek Trail in Lassen National Forest offers backpackers an ideal spring hiking trip just north of Ishi Wilderness. While hiking trails at higher elevations still lie under winter snow, this trail in the northern Sierra Nevada just south of Lassen Volcanic National Park lets you enjoy views of a 1,000-foot-high canyon rim, a […]
The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is a great idea for educating people about the natural and human history of the Cascade Range. It covers a huge chunk of my home territory: it begins at Lake Almanor just south of Lassen Volcanic National Park, continues through the park, passes Lassen National Forest’s Hat Creek Rim and […]
Update from Lassen National Forest on August 7, 2009: Pacific Crest Trail section near Hat Creek is closed: The Lassen National Forest is closing a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through an area that leads into the Hat Creek Fire Complex southeast of Burney along Highways 89 and 44. “We appreciate your patience […]
I dig the Susanville area. Some people are wiggy about Susanville because of the state prison there, but I don’t let that bother me. Susanville is near the dividing line of the Sierra Nevada’s vast forests and the juniper/sagebrush of the high-desert Great Basin, so there’s a large diversity of plants in the area, plus […]
We hikers often walk on the snow in the winter, primarily with the aid of snowshoes. Check out the snowshoeing walks sponsored by the Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest. The walks take place in Plumas County, one of my favorite counties in California, and one that just happens to be just south […]
Off-highway vehicles (OHV – ATVs, motorcycles, jeeps) are becoming increasingly popular among Californians, in Lassen National Forest and elsewhere. I recently wrote about OHV enthusiasts’ struggle with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for more access to the roads there. Access for Off-Highway Vehicles in Lassen National Forest There are about 1.1 million OHVs in California, with a reported 100,000 […]
Thousand Lakes Wilderness in Lassen National Forest has many miles of hiking trails and many gorgeous lakes. Thousand Lakes Wilderness Backpacking Trip Found this posting on the Shasta Outdoor Fun Forum run by the Redding Record Searchlight: Sierra Club’s Thousand Lakes Wilderness backpack trip: Oct. 25 to 26, 2008. Camp in Lassen National Forest’s Thousand […]