Where Passion Meets Wide Open Opportunity
Visiting the Outdoor lifestyles of Northern California will leaving you craving more. More Outdoor Activity… More Wide Open space… More rugged untamed land… More geological wonder.. The mountains and lakes and trails of Plumas and Lassen Counties are filled with all the elements that make our door adventure addictive.
Travel north of Reno or Truckee California and the landscape begins to change. The granite walls of the Sierra Nevada start to submerge under a rugged volcanic shell that is continually being carved, shaped and vented as nature wages war against the planet. It is here that explorers and outdoor enthusiasts find a vast landscape of rugged trails, waterfalls, mountain lakes and Volcanic events that will entice you to come again, and again for adventure.
More than three-quarters of Plumas County’s 2,618 square miles is national forest land. The Plumas National Forest encompasses the majority of that, while the Lassen National Forest takes in part of the northern end of the county and the Tahoe National Forest touches into the south and east.
The Plumas National Forest occupies 1.2 million acres of scenic mountain lands in the northern edge of the Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade range. Known for its high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear-running streams, the forest sits at the top of the watershed that supplies water to many California citizens.
Destinations in Plumas County that need to be explored.
- Lakes Basin Recreational Area
- Bucks Lake Wilderness – the 24,000-acre Bucks Lake Wilderness near Bucks Lake has a broad diversity of plant life, trees and landscape features. Ranging from 2,000 to 7,017 feet in elevation, Bucks Lake Wilderness includes gentle slopes, steep canyons and sheer cliffs. Most of it is rugged with human access difficult. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the area, and Lassen Peak is visible on clear days, 40 miles to the north.
- Lake Almanor
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Lake Davis
Destinations in Lassen County that need to be explored.
- Eagle Lake
- Biz Johnson National Recreational Trail – Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville, California to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels.
- Juniper Lake – Lassen volcanic National Park
- Cinder Cone Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Mountain Meadows reservoir
- Caribou Wilderness – The Caribou Wilderness is located in the Lassen National Forest just north of the Almanor Basin. This is a gentle, rolling forested plateau dotted with mountain lakes, cratered peaks and cinder cones, evidence of Caribou’s volcanic past. Hiking here is generally easy.
Plumas-Eureka State Park
Plumas Eureka State Park offers interpretive events, such as campfire programs, nature walks, and history tours, during the summer season. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, and other similar outdoor activities are quite popular with visitors. During their Living History Days events during the summer, volunteers dress in period costumes and lead you through what it was like to live in the community of Johnsville, one of the original towns that sprang up around the mines. The park is also home to the Johnsville Museum, which is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m, featuring exhibits on natural history, hard rock mining, local history, and more.
Lakes Basin Area
There are nearly 50 small glacial lakes and streams featuring Gold Lake, Salmon Lake, Long Lake, and Sardine Lake, which are considered some of the primary lakes of the area.