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Caribou Wilderness- The Caribou Wilderness is a gentle, rolling, forested plateau with many forest fringed lakes. Reminders of volcanic and glacial origin can be seen
throughout these wildlands.

Ishi Wilderness- The Ishi Wilderness lies in the southern Cascade foothills, approximately twenty miles east of the town of Red Bluff. This is a land incised by wind and water, dotted with basaltic outcroppings, caves, and bizarre pillar lava formations.

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Description - Located in a scenic mountain setting near the town of Chester, Lake Almanor is one of the largest man-made lakes in California. A large portion of the Lassen National Scenic Byway leads through the District. Both the Ishi and Caribou Wildernesses are found here. The McCarthy Point Lookout is an historic cabin located northeast of the Ishi Wilderness, which offers scenic views and overnight stays. In the winter, the District has several snowmobile areas, a cross-country ski area and a downhill ski area.

Recreation - Lake Almanor offers fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, camping and picnicking. Family and group campgrounds, boat launch facilities and private marinas are available. Some of the opportunities available in other parts of the District include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, scenic driving, and hunting. Winter snows bring opportunities for cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

Climate - As throughout much of California, most of the precipitation in the Lassen National Forest area comes during the winter months. Much of the precipitation comes in the form of snow in the high elevations. Snow covers much of the high elevations from late fall into spring. During years of heavy snowfall, the highest elevation roads and trails road may remains snowed in through June. Late spring through early fall normally brings mostly sunny skies with warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime temperatures.

Location - The Almanor Ranger District encompasses the southern end of the Lassen National Forest, in northern California. It includes the area around Lake Almanor and south of Lassen Volcanic National Park. State Highways 36/89 and 32 both lead through the District. The District Office is located in Chester.


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Almanor Ranger District, P.O. Box 767 , Chester, CA, 96020, Phone: 530-258-2141

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Lassen National Forest - Lassen National Forest lies in a fascinating part of California. This part of northeast California is where the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin meet.

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