“Nestled in the northeastern corner of California, you’ll discover Shasta Cascade’s Lake Almanor, one of the Golden State’s best-kept secrets. The large man-made lake with 52 miles of coastline has something for everyone—including family-friendly activities and picture-perfect mountain vistas from practically every vantage point. Play a round of golf among towering pines, encounter black-tailed deer munching on breakfast during a sunrise hike, coast over the reservoir’s glassy waters on a kayak or boat, or soak in the sunset’s fiery aspen glow over Lassen Peak, an active volcano that measures 10,457 feet.”
Lassen National Volcanic Park
“But you’ll sure want to leave your car to see the park in its full glory. Bubbling magma, steaming lakes, black lava beds, lava tubes almost one-third of a mile long—the incredible landscape is a result of a series of eruptions that began roughly 100 years ago, propelling a 12-mile-long mud flow through the surrounding areas and transforming the land into much of what it is today. There are more than 150 miles of hiking and biking trails with names like Devil’s Kitchen and Bumpass Hell. (The story goes that in 1864, explorer Kendall Bumpass lost his leg after stumbling into one of the trail’s boiling mud springs.)
Though an average annual snowfall of 55 feet makes much of Lassen inaccessible during the winter months, some trails are still open for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing.
It’s all the beauty of Yosemite National Park but with fewer people, given its under-the-radar status. In fact, only about 400,000 people visit Lassen each year, compared with Yosemite’s four million.”
The Lost Sierra
“Find yourself in the Lost Sierra. Venture off to NorCal’s most untamed alpine wonderland tucked between the Sierra Buttes and Mount Lassen, and roam the woods to your heart’s desire. With 80 percent of the region lying within public lands and an average population density of six people per square mile (that’s 0.1 percent of Sacramento’s average population density), you’re sure to find privacy in the forests.
Legend has it that the Lost Sierra got its nickname back in the 19th century when mail was still delivered by the Pony Express mail carriers. What’s for sure is that the nickname got its revival in honor of William Berry, a ski historian and author of Lost Sierra: Gold, Ghosts & Skis. Pack the essentials and hit the road up for some me-time and adventures at the Sierra Nevada’s northern end. The hundreds of alpine lakes and thousands of miles of trails are calling your name. “