If you are looking for something fun for the whole family to do this winter, head to the Lassen National Forest! With winter coming the time has come to dust off the skid and snowshoes and plan a vacation. As of December 26, snowmobiles and skis will take over traveling routes and vehicles will be restricted in those areas for safe use.
Winter Activities in Lassen County
Here is a short list of some key recreational activities offered in the Lassen National Forest during the winter season:
- Snowmobiling. With more than 500 miles of designated trails between Susanville and Westwood, the Lassen National Forest is one of largest areas for snowmobilers in California. With 400 of these miles being groomed, snowmobilers can choose whether they want to ride groomed or ungroomed trails. Here are some of the snowmobiling areas:
- Fredonyer Snowmobile Area. This location is on Highway 36, west of Fredonyer Summit. There is 80 miles of trail and the southern part features loop trails for the adventurous snowmobiler.
- Bogard Snowmobile Area. This location is on Highway 44 at the Bogard Rest Area and also has 80 miles of groomed trails. These trails are great for beginners, as they follow Forest roads.
- Swain Mountain Snowmobile Area. This location is right off Lassen County Road A-21. There is 60 miles of designated trails, three of these trails being loops.
- Cross-Country Skiing. There are many marked and unmarked miles of trails, and there are 14 different tours for Nordic skiers. The location of these trails are on the Almanor and Eagle Lake Districts.
- Snowshoeing. This is becoming a more popular activity since people are discovering how fun and healthy it is. So bring your snowshoes and explore the Forest anywhere you would like! There are several snowshoe walks during the winter where a guide can take you through the forest; just don’t forget your camera!
Since there will be snowshoers, snowmobilers, and skiers on the same trails, visitors need to keep an eye out at all times. Keep in mind that snowmobilers can often not hear others coming, so make sure you are constantly looking and hearing out. On shared trails, skiers should practice single-file skiing on the right side. Snowmobilers should slow down to the minimum speed when passing skiers and snowshoers.
Depending on the location, some trails and groomed and some are not. Though ungroomed areas are open for use, visitors should keep an eye out for hazards, including things that might be under the snow. Stay out of private property, always watch for signs, and have fun!