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Northern California is well known for its backcountry opportunities. Just check any map of the Northstate and virtually anywhere you look is going to be public lands or close to public land. The eight National Forests and numerous wilderness areas in the Shasta Cascade Region all offer opportunities to “get away from it all” and find solace and relaxation.

The Shasta Cascade Region offers an abundance of prime backpacking and hiking areas. Although winter snowfall at higher elevations often affects some of the backpacking trails, there are numerous other hiking opportunities in and around areas like Shasta Lake or Whiskeytown Lake. Be sure to call local ranger stations or other public lands management agencies for up-to-date information. Besides going out on your own, there are several reputable guide services in the Shasta Cascade Region. These can provide a once-in-a-lifetime family experience using either horses or llamas for carrying those camping essentials, or take the avid fisherman or hunter to a remote locale they would never find on their own.

For specific information about public lands, review the public lands pages on this site and contact those agencies which manage the area you are considering for your backcountry experience. We ask that you tread lightly through our area and leave no trace. We are sure that when you come back, you will want to show your family’s next generation the great experiences you enjoyed.

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1 Indian Well HQ
Tulelake, CA 96134
This trail follows a series of collapsed lava tube trenches as it meanders through a juniper and sagebrush wilderness area. You can easily turn this trail into a 10 mi (16 km) loop by connecting to the Missing Link and Bunchgrass trails. Trailhead can be accessed from the A-loop of the campground at Lava Beds National Monument.Distance: 8.7 milesDifficulty: Moderate
Modoc County
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14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
530-246-1225
This magnificent waterfall is the tallest in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area at a towering 220 feet. It was re-discovered in 2004 after being kept secret since 1967. This usually misty trail offers a change in climate which invites unique plants and animals. This trail connects to the Mill Creek Trail. This waterfall is moderately accessible by trail.  A map of the trail to Whiskeytown Falls is available at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center.Driving Time: 35 mins…
Shasta County
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14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has four major waterfall hikes with trails accessible year around - Brandy Creek Falls, Boulder Creek Falls, Crystal Creek Falls, and Whiskeytown Falls. The waterfalls are bursting with runoff from snow melt in the springtime. A summer hike to the falls provides a cool misty break from the warm summer days in the valley. Fall is a spectacular time to walk as the leaves change and become vibrant in color. If…
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