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530-365-7500 or Toll Free: 1-800-474-2782
Hwy 36 Lake Almanor, CA 96020
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The southern most point of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is Lake Almanor, also the southern end of the Cascade Mountain Range. This area by itself could be a complete vacation. In reality it’s not an ending or beginning point, but a crossroad. In a small amount of space, this is where Highways 89, 32, 36, and 44 converge. It is also where the Sierra Mountain Range meets the Cascade Range. Lake Almanor Basin has been known as a recreational paradise for decades. In addition to the wide variety of water-based recreational activities, it has become a favorite for golfers as there are three golf courses. Two of them, are now major golf course home developments. Summertime activities on Lake Almanor include waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, parasailing, and boating. Fishing is available year-round. A paved recreational trail for bikes and hiking follows the west shore of the lake, offering great views and water access.

Chester has become the business service center for this area.
Originally developed as a logging and sawmill community, its current charm comes from quaint B&B’s and 1950’s style motels. Chester provides the largest base of lodging opportunities on the southern portion of the byway. Several of the restaurants and businesses date from the early 1920’s, including the bowling alley which has been a dance hall, cafe, pool hall and now a bowling alley.

Westwood is just to the east of Lake Almanor/Chester. It has the unique distinction of once having been the largest company lumber town in the west. A 24 foot tall statue of the legendary logger Paul Bunyan honors the town’s logging heritage. Westwood also hosts an annual Paul Bunyan Mountain Festival. The road north out of Westwood provides wintertime access to the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, as the road through Lassen Volcanic National Park is usually closed from November to May. Just a few miles off the byway and east of Westwood is Susanville. The cliffs and gorge of the Susan River flank its western limits and is the eastern end of the Bizz Johnson Recreational Trail. This rail to trail conversion is considered by many to be one of the most exhilarating trails in Northern California. Hwy. A-21 meets Hwy. 44 which eventually connects back to Hwy. 89 at Old Station. This portion of Hwy. 44 with its wide open spaces is popular with snowmobilers in the winter months.

Drive Tips
Distance: 133 miles
Minimum Driving Time: 4 hours
Best Time to go: Year-round, some portions-May to October only.

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