Labor day weekend- the final 3 day weekend of summer (boooo) and so i needed to get out and explore while there were good options available. Havent really seen too much of Northern Northern California so marked Lava Beds National Monument as a destination and planned on making the rest up as I went along. Day 1 after work was Chico, then day 2 was on to Lava Beds NM, then Day 3 was over to Mt Shasta and then Day 4 was home. Super fun. Great part of the world up there. Lava Beds is awesome. Lots of neat caves to explore (i only checked one out but want to go back), and great camping. The park doesnt get a lot of traffic and is super mellow. Great spot. Otherwise that part of California is mostly agriculture and lot of farm folks driving around in big farm trucks. West of Lava Beds heading towards Mt Shasta there is a lot of great dirt roads to explore. Plenty of time could be spent there on a dirt bike/dual sport!
Mt Shasta is incredible. Theres a parking lot at 8000 feet where i made oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. Still morning with great views of the peak. Lots of wild fire smoke around for sure.
Great trip all in all. Picts all taken with either Fujifilm E-X2 or iphone. Total trip was around 1018 miles.
Heading north on friday night after work.
Sutter Buttes in central California.
Day 2- left Chico and got up into the hills
Drove through Lassen National Park- awesome as always.
What does “Uncle” mean?
These were insane. This one was made out of an old concrete mixing truck.
Super cool and very random sculptures. Along Cassel Road: 40.938396, -121.569310
Getting on some forestry road, heading north off of HWY 299.
Busting out of the dense forest I came upon this super smokey and stark landscape.
Very cool spot. Theres a lot of things to explore and see here.
Lucked out and got a great camp site. Nice and peaceful. No fires though as its a high fire risk area right now.
Entrance to one of the caves (Golden Dome).
Entrance to Golden Dome cave.
Canby Cross- The only US general to be killed in war (at that point). Very controversial as the situation needs to be seen from both view points (Modoc Indians and US Army).
Rock art at Petroglyph Point.
Northern entrance sign
Getting lost in the forests to the east of Mt Shasta. Turns out they are all just commercial forests and not that nice really (roads were fun though).
Looking down the peak from the parking lot up at around 8000 feet (accessible via Everitt Memorial Hwy)
View from the parking lot (via Everitt Memorial Hwy).
The route. Petaluma – Chico – Lassen NP – Lava Beds NM – Mt Shasta – Santa Rosa (1017 miles total).