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Old 10-03-2011, 11:21 AM   #21
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Here's more pics of my hike to Castle Crags, and one photo of a typical campsite in the campground. As I was saying...the campground is slated to be closed next year. Not sure what they are going to do about access to the trailhead to the Crags.


The campground was built in the 60's? And it has that "old school" look, with mostly tent sites,(no hook-ups or power). Max size for RV/trailers is 27', and I didn't see very many "large" sites, when I rode thru the campground.


The 1 mile road... leading from the campground to the trailhead does not allow RV's, so if you're in a motorhome without a tow vehicle, you're going to have a long walk to the trailhead, (I would hitch a ride myself).

Just like our Interstate Freeway system in California, the Castle Crags trail system is in need of some maintenance. The brush is starting to close in on the trail along the last 1/4 mile to the "Dome Proper", and many snags need to be fell, before they fall on a visitor, or across the trail.

Castle Crags is a national Treasure...and should be treated that way. I knew that I was walking through a very special place when I was there.

The lower 2/3's of the trail is a mixed conifer forest, with some black oaks, and big leaf mable. Once you get on the trail, you can smell the Port Orford Cedars, Which gives you a glue, that you're walking though one of the most diverse Conifer Forests in California, with 27+ different types of conifers growing between the Cascade, Sierra, and the Costal Mountain ranges...can you say convergents!

Old fire scars on the Doug Firs, Cedars, and Pondrose Pines gives you even more glues.. on how this forest was shaped into what you see today. There are signs of many low intensity wildfires & control burns from the past, (last 200 years). Most of the fire activity was caused by lightning, and/or Native Amercans, burning the understory to improve the acorn production.

The top 1/3 of the trail show "signs" of more "high intensity" wildfire in the past. Large Ponderose Pines are the dominant vegetation left on the landscape, with patches of young White Fir, Cedar, and manzanita covering the understory. Add to that, many large dead and down logs mixed within the understory. This part of the Forest is in it's "Final stage of Succession", showcasing 500 year old Ponderosa Pines....priceless!

If you have a "Bucket List", you need to put the Castle Crags day hike, on it, before they close this incredible place...PS write your State Rep and ask them to save Castle Crags from the cut list!!!!!


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The hike into Castle Crags takes approx. 5 hours round trip...but if you're going to hike any of the side trails, plan on spending 8 to 10 hours in the wilderness.

There's a gas station that makes a great deli sandwich, and carries 50 different types of beer... just outside the State Park entrance. So, get a sandwich and a couple of beers...and make a day of it! PS, you may want to take some water with also.






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Old 10-04-2011, 11:46 AM   #23
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This coming weekend The Bunny and I are going to Jackson Casino, (3.5 hours south of Shasta Lake), for our first Airstream Rally. We have never been there, so we're both very excited about camping and meeting other Airstream owners....

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I wish I had other retirement issues to talk about...but my incoming money is paying all the bills that I have, so I don't have anything to share.

But I did go on a great "Ride About" two weeks ago to Lassen National Park on 9-23-2011...

Today, it was 103 degrees in Shasta Lake City, (SLC), so I went for a motorcycle ride to the high county... First stop was Shingletown KOA 40 miles east of SLC on Hwy 44. I have been wanting to stay here because it's only 14 miles outside Lassen National Park.

The campground is very nice and clean, set in the tall pines & cedars, (approx. 5,000 foot level). The pull-thru's cost $42, cabins are $68, and tent sites are $18. The restrooms are clean with three shower units in each side...the pool was closed for the season.


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My next stop was the Museum and campground at Manzanita lake in Lassen National Park. The campground costs $18 per night...all dry sites/no power, with a dump station located on the way out.

I did notice one Airstream parked in the campground...nobody around. The campground is located next to Manznita lake with a boat ramp and small campground store within walking distance. I noticed lots of campers with lake kayaks...looks like a great place to paddle and fish, max trailer size is 31'.





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My 3rd stop was at the Mt Lassen trailhead... The trail is closed for repairs at the 1.3 mile mark, so I didn't hike. One of the Park Rangers said that it wouldn't be open until next summer...so hopefully, I can make the hike next year.

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Stop number 4 was at the Bumpass Hell trailhead, (BHT), 1 1/2 mile flat hike from that location, except for the last 100 foot drop into the thermally active basin, it's the largest concentration of hydrothermal features in the park...it was named after an early settler who severly burned a leg after falling into a boiling pool.. it's a must see!

Also from BHT parking lot at the 8,000 foot level, one can look out at Diamond peak, Brokeoff Mt, and kids clumbing one big rock.



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My last stop in the park was at the south exit... There is an old ski lodge, that is now a visitor center. As a young person, in the 60's, we would go snow skiing there. The Park pulled the ski area out, once Mt. Shasta opened to the public in the mid 80's.

Lots of Harley's on the road today.



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Once I left the Park, I traveled west on Hwy 36 to the Manton Road cutoff, than north by northwest on the Wildcat road, thru the Holiday ranch, with their miles & miles of rock walls! Nice ride and back home by 5:00 PM, total miles 120 round trip.




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One person (okay, maybe two, you and the Bunny) should not be allowed to have so much fun without sharing it, so thanks!!!!
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One person (okay, maybe two, you and the Bunny) should not be allowed to have so much fun without sharing it, so thanks!!!!
Thank you Mrs. Best....The Bunny and I are enjoying life to its fullest. I guess I do have one ER issue, and that is Bank of America. But that's for another thread, not here.
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Stop number 4 was at the Bumpass Hell trailhead, (BHT), 1 1/2 mile flat hike from that location, except for the last 100 foot drop into the thermally active basin, it's the largest concentration of hydrothermal features in the park...it was named after an early settler who severly burned a leg after falling into a boiling pool.. it's a must see!
What a unique name for the settler - Bumpass Hell.
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Thanks for sharing all of your travels and the pictures. I enjoyed!
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What a unique name for the settler - Bumpass Hell.
KingB...You funny guy!!!! Bumpass was his last name...and it must have felt like hell, after falling into a pool. Yes, I know you're making a joke....
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Mr/Ms purron....How did you know that I love Willy Nelson music... We do love to travel around Northern Califorina...There's so much to see in the north state! Like our camping trip to South Lake Tahoe over the 4th of July.
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Mr/Ms purron....How did you know that I love Willy Nelson music... We do love to travel around Northern Califorina...There's so much to see in the north state! Like our camping trip to South Lake Tahoe over the 4th of July.

Just a lucky guess. Figured someone who appreciates the Dude also appreciates Willie. It's that free spirited non-conformist thing.
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June 27th we left for Campground by the lake at South Lake Tahoe, to spend the 4th of July week with friends from Iowa. 5 1/2 hour drive...once we got there we setup camp and had a cocktail.

On day two we drove over to Reno and Picked up Deb & Tony at the Airport...a 1 hour drive from South Lake Tahoe.

My truck & Airstream right before departure...Pic 2, Deb & Bunny having a Rita, once we got back from the airport. Pic 3 & 4, Jacky in the window, and The Bunny.



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Later during that 2nd day we went for a bike ride to the casinos...we stopped to get a pic of the lake. I brought with us, 4 bicycles, so everyone would have a way to get around Tahoe, the casinos are only 2 mile away...



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