Looking for a respite from Central Valley Heat? Head to Potato Patch Campground located along the refreshing waters of Deer Creek. Campsites are...
Goumaz Campground is a great camping spot for visitors exploring the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. There are also opportunities for...
If you’re looking for a hell of a road trip, drive the 67-mile Worldmaker’s Trail, an ancient trail created by the Mountain Maidu Indians. Stop for short hikes along the way to experience the swamps, waterfalls, forests and deserts. Check out a breakdown of the trail at the bottom of this Sherpa Guide.
The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is definitely worth checking out. You can’t go wrong with rivers, canyons and tunnels. The section by the Susan River is the most scenic!
It gets hot during the summer, but it’s still pretty darn nice to cool off by one of the lakes. Or you can head over during the winter for snow sports!
The forest was formed in 1905 when it was named one of the National Forest Reserves, which evolved into the National Forest system. The forest was first named the Lassen Peak Forest Reserve because of Lassen Peak, a volcano which is in the southernmost portion of the Cascade Range volcanoes.
Lassen National Forest is also the site of significant events in California history: Ishi Wilderness was the refuge of the "last wild Indian,” Caribou Wilderness was one of first protected "primitive areas" decades before the federal wilderness system was established, and the volcanic explosion of Mt. Lassen was the first eruption to be witnessed and photographed in the history of the continental United States.
Externally, the National Park Service sought to expand parks from existing public lands, primarily national forest lands. The forest service responded by creating primitive areas. Initially these new wilderness areas received no special protections other than the official designation. Caribou Primitive area became a likely candidate for primitive status as it shares the length of its western border with the national park.
Caribou Primitive Area received greater protection in 1939, when Interior Secretary Harold Ickes sought to convince President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combine the national forests and the National Park Service into a new agency under the management of the United States Department of Interior. Roosevelt declined to act, but the threat of moving the Forest Service out of the United States Department of Agriculture resulted in greater protections for national forest wilderness areas. A congressional bill had earlier given the President authority to act on this new Department of Conservation.
In 1964, Caribou was among the first group of federally protected wildernesses created by the first Wilderness Act. The Lassen forest also contains the 16,335-acre Thousand Lakes Wilderness, also created in 1964.