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Lassen County - California - Tourism - Digital Visitors Guide

(Note: Some attractions are located in bordering counties, but they are so close they should not be missed.)

Antelope Lake: Antelope Lake offers vacationers a chance to see beautiful sights and wildlife or to have fun boating, fishing or swimming. An eleven-mile loop runs around the lake. Some of the points of interest include a pioneer cabin and grave, picnic areas, lake view vistas, and bird and wildlife areas.

Applegate-Lassen Route A photographic tour of California via the Lassen Trail - Through this draw passed many covered wagons and gold seekers en route to California over the Lassen Trail during 1848-1851. Approaching this location from the north, the trail passed what is now Bogard Ranger Station. Proceeding southward to Big Springs and Big Meadows (now Lake Almanor), it then turned westward to Deer Creek, which it followed generally to Vina in the Sacramento Valley. Location:  Hwy 36 (P.M. 0.3), 2.5 mi W of Westwood. See Lassen County Historic Trails

Bizz Johnson Trail - BLM: The Bizz Johnson Trail winds through three bioregions, the Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range. It passes through a semi-arid canyon, past landscapes of high desert, grasslands, and oak woodlands, into a forest of pine and cedar. The trail is used by horseback riders, hikers, joggers, and mountain bicyclists alike. The trail is also popular in snowy winter months, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers can often use the upper reaches of the trail on the west end near Westwood.

Bed and Breakfast - Susanville: Roseberry House Bed & Breakfast is located in Historic Uptown Susanville, California.  Susanville is the county seat and largest community in Lassen County, California.  It is a high desert town nestled against the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Honey Lake Valley and is just 85 miles northwest of Reno, NV on Highway 36. The town was named after the daughter of Isaac Roop, founder of Susanville.

California Department of Transportation - Lassen County Highways

Caribou Wilderness: A small wilderness area set on the eastern side of Mount Lassen. Only 9 miles from top to bottom and 5 miles across, the 20,500 acre area is home to numerous lakes within easy walking distance of each other. The gentle, rolling plateau is great for beginning backpackers and day hikers.

Eagle Lake - FishingSailing - BLM: Tucked away in the mountains of northeastern California lies Eagle Lake, the best kept secret and hidden jewel of all of northern California. The south shore of Eagle Lake is 26 miles north of Susanville which is just 89 miles north of Reno, Nevada.  Eagle Lake lies in an isolated valley in central Lassen County and has been called "A Lake That Time Forgot." Little changed since prehistoric times, even after the passage of time and the impact of man. It is at an elevation of 5100 feet above sea level, and has a surface area of 27,000 acres with over 100 miles of timbered shoreline. This makes it the second largest natural lake within California after Clear Lake.

Fort Janesville: Thoroughly terrified by 'The Ormsby Massacre,' the people of Honey Lake valley built themselves a stockade for protection from an Indian attack that never materialized.

GORP California: Guide to outdoor recreation and travel.

Hat Creek - Fly Fishing Report: Hat Creek is located in the Intermountain Area communities of Burney, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek and Old Station. In the shadow of Lassen Peak, seven campgrounds and four picnic areas are nestled along ten miles of Hat Creek. Opportunities for fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife observation and natural history are many. Lava tubes, dormant and extinct volcanoes, massive lava flows and fault lines reveal a fascinating volcanic past. For more information, contact Hat Creek Ranger Station at (530) 336-5521.

Historic Trails: Explore the Lassen County historic wagon train trails that helped settle California and the Old West.

Historical Landmarks: California State Historical Landmarks in Lassen County

Lake Almanor - Almanor Fishing Adventures - Recreation Trail: Lake Almanor is one of the largest man made lakes in California. It was created  by PG&E and supplies hydro power. The dam is located at the southwestern end of the lake. You can reach it by driving around the lake or just rent a boat. The lake is great for water sports, skiing, swimming wake boarding.

Lassen County Visitors Guide - Lassen County Times Visitors Guide - Campground - Lodging

Lassen County Chamber of Commerce: Though distinctively rural, Lassen County's varied terrain encompasses forested plateaus, green mountains, snow-capped peaks and vast, open agricultural valleys. The county is approximately the size of Connecticut with 91,700 acres covered by inland water. Lassen County boasts a nearly ideal climate, generally dry with warm days and cool nights. The area experiences four complete but mild seasons, with an average summer high of 93 and an average low of 28 during the winter months. Light snowfall averaging ten inches per year is normal for the valley areas with more abundant amounts falling the higher regions.

Lassen County Recreational Resources

Lassen Emigrant Trail: Through this draw passed many covered wagons and gold seekers en route to California over the Lassen Trail during 1848-1851. Approaching this location from the north, the trail passed what is now Bogard Ranger Station. Proceeding southward to Big Springs and Big Meadows (now Lake Almanor), it then turned westward to Deer Creek, which it followed generally to Vina in the Sacramento Valley. See Lassen County Historic Trails

Lassen Emigrant Trail (Bieber): Peter Lassen opened the Lassen Emigrant Trail in 1848 when he led a 12-wagon emigrant train from Missouri to California. The route, which passed near this place, was extensively traveled during the years 1848-53 by emigrants seeking gold, adventure, and a new life in the west - but because of the hardships of the route and the hostility of the Indians, the trail was little used after 1853. See Lassen County Historic Trails

Lassen National Forest Recreational Activities: The Lassen National Forest and Northern California offer a wide variety of recreational adventures. Among the more popular are camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, driving for pleasure, snowmobiling, skiing, four-wheeling, horseback riding, and picnicking.

Lassen National Forest - Trail Opportunities - Lassen National Forest GUIDES/BROCHURES The Lassen National Forest lies at the heart of one of the most fascinating areas of California, called the Crossroads. Here the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet and blend.

Lassen Peak: Climb a Volcano - 2.5 miles to the summit 10,457 feet (allow 3-5 hours)

Lassen Scenic Byway: The Lassen Scenic Byway is a loop route on four state highways in northeastern California. Although the 185 mile loop can be driven in a day, the most rewarding approach is to take in a segment each day, stopping along the way to hike and explore. Because the Lassen Scenic Byway travels through geologic and biologic crossroads, it reveals a mosaic of changing landscapes and views and gives the visitor a complete picture of the natural history of the Lassen Crossroads interpretive area.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - History - NPS - USGS - Hotels - MAP: Park Headquarters open 8:00am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri, closed on holidays. Loomis Museum 9:00am-5:00pm: open weekends Memorial Day through mid-June, then 7 days a week mid-June through early October. Southwest Information Station 9:00am-4:00pm: open weekends Memorial Day through mid-June and in September; open 9:30am-5:30pm, 7 days a week mid-June through Labor Day.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Lassen Peak  - MAP: Visit a Volcano - Climb a Volcano: In May 1914 Lassen Peak burst into eruption, beginning a seven-year cycle of sporadic volcanic outbursts. The climax of the episode took place in 1915, when the peak blew an enormous mushroom cloud some seven miles into the stratosphere. The reawakening of this volcano, which began as a vent on a larger extinct volcano known as Tehama, profoundly altered the surrounding landscape.

Mount Lassen region: The Mount Lassen region is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes and a dormant volcano. Lassen Volcanic National Park, with a showcase of volcanic features, is an outdoor lover's delight. The park's fascinating features grew from a not-so-distant eruptive past - Lassen last blew its top in the early 1900s. Visitors to the Park in the late spring and summer can travel by the main park road and a network of trails. Ambitious visitors can make the 2.5 mile hike that climbs 2,000 feet to enjoy the view from the summit of Mount Lassen. You can also seek out treasures tucked away in the park like Kings Creek Falls and Paradise Meadows, which sits in a glacier carved cirque at 7,100 feet elevation. Visitors can find services outside the Park in Susanville and Chester or within the Park at the Manzanita Lake Campers Store. Several campgrounds and the Drakesbad Guest Ranch offer the only lodging within the Park.

Nobles Emigrant Trail: - Lassen Volcanic National Park - MAP: This route was first used in 1852 by emigrants to Northern California seeking to avoid the hardships of the Lassen Trail. It crossed the desert from the Humboldt River in Nevada, passed this point, and proceeded over the mountains to the town of Shasta. Later, 1859-1861, it was known as the Fort Kearney, South Pass and Honey Lake Wagon Road. On October 4, 1850, while hunting for Gold Lake, Peter Lassen and J. G. Bruff saw Honey Lake from this point. Nobles Emigrant Trail (Susanville): This meadow, now a city park, was a welcome stopping place on the Noble Emigrant Trail, pioneered by William H. Nobles in 1851 and first used in 1852. Here, emigrants en route to the Northern California mines were able to rest, refresh their stock, and obtain needed provisions at Isaac Roop's establishment, from which grew the city of Susanville. Nobles Trail: Photo Tour - Oregon/California Trails Assoc.

Northern California Travel/Tourism Information Network: Forested plateaus, green mountain meadows, snow-capped peaks and a vast, open agricultural valley are part of Lassen County's 4,547 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut. A true outdoor wonderland, much of Lassen County is part of the large volcanic plateau that makes up much of northeast California. Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Lassen Scenic Byway, Eagle Lake and the Bizz Johnson Trail provide visitors with much to do.

Pacific Crest Trail - MAP: This is prime logging country (as are most of the PCT's lands north of here), and the trail crosses many back roads. Midway through the southern Cascade Range, the PCT crosses Highway 89 and traverses Lassen Volcanic National Park, overseen by Lassen Peak (elev. 10,457'). North of the park the PCT follows the mostly waterless Hat Creek Rim toward majestic Mt. Shasta, which dominates the north-state skyline.

Primitive Camping: Caribou Wilderness, Ishi Wilderness, and Thousand Lakes Wilderness. Stay overnight in fire lookouts or Forest Service cabins. Rustic locations in the California wilderness.

Roop's Fort: Built in July 1854 by Isaac N. Roop, Roop House was a stopping place for emigrant trains. It was the locale of the 'sagebrush war' fought in 1863 between the citizens of Plumas County and Lassen County.

Spanish Springs Ranch: Guest Ranch and Conference Center. Come and experience the west, at Spanish Springs Guest Ranch & Conference Center. Spanish Springs offers its guests memories that last a lifetime! The ranch is located in the beautiful high desert country of Lassen Co.. California, near the Nevada state line. Thousands of acres of grazing land surround the ranch, providing a vast area of open range. This range is home to many varieties of wildlife such as Wild Mustangs, Deer, Antelope, Sage Grouse and more.

Virtual Travel for the Hiker, Traveler and Outdoorsman: Let the mouse do the walking, while you enjoy the sights of Lassen County, following roads, trails and highways in the Un-traveled Road 456-image virtual tour. More than just seeing some pretty pictures, our tours turn you loose to go where you want and to see everything in context. The images above are doorways into a virtual world.

Wildlife Watching:  Patience and binoculars - and sometimes a little luck - can lead to some rewarding wildlife experiences. Dawn to dusk near water are the best times and places to find wildlife. It's common to see a herd of pronghorn on Hwy. 395 going toward Alturas, and on Hwy. 36 in Willow Creek Valley. In the Hat Creek area, be prepared to see everything from elk to bats. Osprey and bald eagles are often seen at Lake Britton.