Shasta Cascade Area Attractions
The Shasta Cascade area of California takes in some breathtaking scenery including the Donner Summit and Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Susanville (pop. 7,279) is in the Honey Lake Valley 40mi/64km east of Lassen Peak. There are walking tours in the downtown historic district.In the 19th century, Susanville served as a stopping point on the Nobles Emigrant Trail, a popular alternate route to the Donner Pass Overland Trail.The Bizz Johnson Trail follows an old branch of the Southern Pacific for 26 miles from Susanville to Westwood. Today, it's used by hikers, railroad history buffs and cross-country skiers.Of note in the downtown area are eight outdoor murals and one indoor.
Lassen Historical Museum
Artifacts native to Lassen County and old time lumbering equipment and tools are on display at the museum. Adjacent to the museum is Roop's Fort, built in 1854. Pictures of Susanville dating back to the mid 1850's and Native American artifacts are displayed.
Lassen National Forest
The Lassen National Forest is located at the juncture of the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin. There are over a million acres of wilderness that allow backpacking, hiking, fishing and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Corning is the olive capitol of the United States. It was named for John Corning, Assistant Superintendent of the Central Pacific Railroad - it was common practice for towns to be named in honor of railroad men.
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is a woodland park located on the Sacramento River offering visitors fishing, camping and hiking. Birdwatchers can see geese, ducks, herons, jays, quail, owls, hawks, falcons, and pheasant.
Dunsmuir (pop. 2,129) is a resort town 100mi/161km northeast of Eureka. It is a mountain town with wonderful scenery which was placed on the National Historic register in 1982. Camping, hiking and skiing are available in the area.
McCloud River Preserve
The McCloud River Preserve is a wildlife preserve located on 2,330 acres of rough river canyon. It is located southeast of Dunsmuir near Lake McCloud. Hiking and trout fishing are offered here.
Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crags State Park is situated on the Sacramento River and offers the visitor hiking and swimming opportunities.
Founder George W. Gridley made his way west around 1850. He established a ranch and the town became official in 1870. Gridley is known as the kiwi capital of the United States.
Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge
The Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge is an 9,100 acre wetlands reserve in Gridley. There is hiking, hunting and fishing in this rich wildlife habitat.
Address: 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley, CA 95948-9332, United States
Useful tips: Opening hours excepted during waterfowl season when hours coincide with operational hunting regulations. Free to holders of California fishing and hunting licenses or California Wildlife Pass.
High Rock Canyon National Historic Site
The High Rock Canyon National Historic Site was an Indian trail first recorded by Captain John Fremont in 1844. It is a great place for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Portola was settled and established due its close proximity to the headwaters of the middle fork of Feather River. The logging industry was the main source of employment with its large stands of pine and fir trees.
William's House Museum
Portola Visitors Center is located within Williams House, an old log cabin that houses exhibits about the Williams family, historical pictures and other items relating to lumber, railroad and mining in Portola. The home was recognized in the California Historical Landmark Registry.
Jim Beckwourth Museum
James Beckwourth was an African American trader, trapper, explorer and 49er. He built this cabin in the 1850's as a trading post and hotel using "V" notched logs. he recorded his life story and adventures.
Portola Railroad Museum
The Portola Railroad Museum has an extensive collection of over 35 locomotives and 80 other rolling stock. Visitors can climb on the equipment and drive a diesel locomotive.
Tehama County Museum, Tehama, California
The Tehama County Museum is housed in a building that served as the First Tehama County Court House and the Masonic Lodge. The museum has artifacts on display that represent the cultural heritage of Tehama County.
Weed was established near the end of the 19th century. It is a scenic mountain town. Weed is surrounded by national forests, high desert plains and volcanic formations of geological interest.
Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum
The Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum features historic displays about the town and the lumber industry. Exhibits include lanterns, antique saws, a logging engine, antique cameras, oil lamps, and an old stagecoach. There are three rooms featured including a kitchen, sewing room, and bedroom from the 1900s.
Living Memorial Sculpture Garden
The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden serves as a memorial to American veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Metal sculptures are grouped into nine theme areas across 32 acres.
Westwood is located in West Los Angeles and was a center of the logging industry. Westwood Village was developed by the Janss family in the 1920s and now is the site of numerous movie theaters.
The Red River Lumber Company, was once the largest pine lumber mill in the world. Westwood was the site for the mill and the museum has artifacts from 1913 when the mill was established.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is home to Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally and numerous waterfalls. Whiskeytown provides outdoor enthusiasts with opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Alturas (pop. 3,231) is located on the Pit River 138mi/222km northeast of Chico. It is the county seat of Modoc County.
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge is 7,021 acres of critical open water and wetlands habitat forming an oasis for wildlife in the high desert.Modoc is one of more than 540 National Wildlife Refuges forming a network of federal lands dedicated primarily for wildlife and habitat.The refuge is a haven for migrating birds in the Pacific Flyway and a mecca for birdwatchers. Depending on the season, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and birds of prey stop here to rest. Other species can be viewed year round. A variety of mammals from bats to badgers,reptiles, amphibians and fish call Modoc NWR home.Morning and early evening are the best times to see wildlife. Binoculars and a camera are essentials as you quietly drive the auto tour route, your car acts as a viewing blind. The route may be also enjoyed by foot or bicycle. The route is approximately 3 miles in length.
Chester is the gateway to Lassen Peak where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain Ranges intersect.
Lake Almanor Recreation Area
The Chester Museum features Indian artifacts and photos from the area.
Gould-Shaw House Museum, Cloverdale, California
Fall River Mills, California
Fall River Mills is located in the beautiful Fall River Valley with trout fishing and hiking trails.
Fort Crook Museum
The Fort Crook Museum has six rooms with furniture, a blacksmith shop and Indian artifacts. There are four buildings in the complex, which originally consisted of 25-30 log buildings. Genealogical records are available.
Hat Creek Recreation Area
Orland is an agriculture based area with large areas devoted to crops and dairy products.
Taylorsville is located in Plumas County near the Plumas National Forest. Job T. Taylor first settled the town in 1852.
Indian Valley Museum
The Indian Valley Museum has historic and American Indian artifacts from the 1850s to present day in two display rooms. One room is dedicated to the native Maidu Indian culture, featuring a fine collection of Maidu baskets. Mining displays help relate the traditions of mining, ranching and logging in the area.
Plumas National Forest
The Plumas National Forest was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. Plumas covers more than one million acres with hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and water activities. It is located between the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Mountain Ranges.
Bieber is located in the Big Valley in Lassen County.
Ash Creek Wildlife Area
Blairsden is located in Mohawk Valley in Plumas County.
Plumas-Eureka State Park and Museum
The Plumas-Eureka State Park and Museum in Blairsden was established in 1959. The museum was originally a miner's bunkhouse used by the men who mined for gold in the area in the 1850's. Displays include mining tools, photographs, pioneer household items, working models of antique mining machinery and antique skis as well as animals native to the park.
Address: 310 Johnsville Road, Blairsden, CA 96103-9744, United States
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Camping fee $35.00, Adult FREE
Useful tips: Call for hours. Museum charges admission.
Typical Visit: 30 minutes
The Donner Summit area offers a number of excellent hikes.
Western SkiSport Museum
The Western SkiSport Museum was founded in 1969 to exhibit skiing history. Highlights begin with California gold miners racing down the mountains on "long boards" to the ski clubs of the 1920's and the local ski industry.
Quincy has an historic downtown area that includes a four story courthouse.
Plumas County Museum
The Plumas County Museum in Quincy has logging, gold mining, railroad history and other historic displays including Maidu Indian woven baskets. The restored 1878 Victorian house next to the museum is furnished with museum pieces. Stella Fay Miller Gallery named for the museum benefactress, features local artists on a two-month basis.
Address: 500 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971-9412, United States
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 31: 9am-4:30pm; Sun: 11am-3pm; Closed: Mon
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 9am-4:30pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 9am-4:30pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $2.00, Child 17 & under $1.00, Child 11 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 30 minutes
Bucks Lake Wilderness
Bucks Lake Wilderness offers great fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities.