Scenes around Mt. Shasta – Sightseeing in a Winter Wonder Adventureland

The weather was beautiful the day before Christmas Eve so we decided to take a trip up to the Mt. Shasta area. Our first stop was to Castle Lake to the west of Mt. Shasta City. Surprisingly, Castle Lake at 5440 ft.… Continue Reading

Wine & Brew Fest to Benefit Shingletown Med Center

Shingletown Medical Center will host the 6th Annual Harvest Wine & Brew Fest at the beautiful UpCountry Gardens in Shingletown on Saturday, August 27th, from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. This fundraiser will help raise money for their 2011 Annual… Continue Reading


Venturing Back into the Woods, Toddler in Tow

My husband Bruce scoffed “that’s not camping” when I suggested we could gradually ease back into our pre-child camping habit by staying in one of Lassen Park’s new Manzanita Lake cabins. He balked, but Bruce also jumps at any chance… Continue Reading

Public Lands Volunteers Make Visible Difference

I extend my personal thanks to everyone – volunteer and paid worker – who participated in the recent Public Lands Day events at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lake Shasta, the Clear Creek Greenway and elsewhere. I’ve noticed significantly cleaner parking… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Lassen Peak Trail Reopens Partially

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK – The first 1.3 miles of the popular Lassen Peak trail opened Friday following a 10-day helicopter operation to haul rocks to the mountainside. The remaining 1.2 miles – from the Grandview area to the 10,457-foot… Continue Reading


Lassen Plans Closures for ‘Reach the Peak’

Lassen Volcanic National Park will close its landmark Lassen Peak Trail and parking area Saturday night through Aug. 31 for multiple helicopter rock-hauls.

The work is part of the “Reach the Peak” project, an ambitious, 5-year, $2.4 million effort to restore and rehabilitate the popular trail to the 10,457-foot summit. California Conservation Corps and … Continue Reading