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National Recreation Trails Photo Contest Ends Dec. 31, 2011

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Hat Creek in the Fall

A reminder that the National Recreation Trails Photo Contest is still open.

There are over 1,000 trails designated nationwide and 85 in California. Eight trails are close to the St. Bernard Lodge: Bizz Johnson Trail, Bumpass Hell, Feather Falls, Hartman Bar, Heart Lake, Lassen Peak, McGowan Lake and Spencer Meadow.  For a database of trails you may have hiked checkout the National Recreation Trails Website.

The contest has three main categories: trail use, trail management and trail features. Check your pictures from your travels this last year and enter now.

For contest rules go to the National Recreation Trails website.

If you have any questions you may contact The National Recreation Trails Program American Trails in Redding, Calif. 530-547-2060.

As an additional bonus if you enter and win with a picture from any of the eight trails close to St. Bernard Lodge we will give you a free nights lodging for two. Valid until 6/30/2012.

Good luck!

 

 

 

17th Annual Winter Trail Days

Friday, December 9th, 2011

 

 

 

 

Come Enjoy the New Year in the Snow

Learn To Snowshoe. It is easy!

 

 

St. Bernard Lodge , Chico XC Club  and Lassen Volcanic National Park are participating Jan. 7th 2012 in Winter Trail Days.

To commemorate National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 7, a special snowshoe program will be offered at 10:30 a.m. from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and led by Park Rangers.

Chico XC Club will be offering free XC ski instructions at the McGowan Trailhead in Lassen National Forest.

St. Bernard Lodge will have limited number of free snowshoes for use on Saturday.

The lodge will be offering a special 20% discount for rooms for anyone staying two nights between Jan. 5th and Jan. 8th.  Need to call the lodge directly for this pricing, 530-258-3382.  Please check  our facebook page for up dates of special events and locations for Winter Trail Day.

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation, including snow play, skiing and snowshoeing. Ranger-led snowshoe walks for the general public leave from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center – open year-round – on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from December 17 to April 8.

New this year, rangers will lead more challenging snowshoe hikes to Ridge Lakes on December 30 and March 24, available by reservation only. Call (530) 595-6133 to make reservations for special programs or organized groups.

When planning special programs for groups consider the St. Bernard Lodge for accommodations and meals.  The lodge is open year-round and only 20 minutes from SW entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park and one hour from both Chico and Red Bluff, Ca.

Saturday Jan. 14th Lassen Park will be hosting a wonderful winter day at the Lassen Film Festival,  beginning at 10:00 a.m. Films that highlight park and outdoor recreation will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors can plan for a fun day of snow play, lunch at the Lassen Café,  or St. Bernard Lodge and viewing one or more films.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is also pleased to announce that with the assistance from Caltrans, four new highway signs have been installed in surrounding communities to inform travelers about the park road status. The signs indicate whether travel through the park is possible and provide a phone number for updated road conditions. During the fall and spring, when rapidly changing weather requires temporary road closures, the signs will help alert travelers prior to their arrival. Signs are located at the following highway junctions: 36 / 99 near Red Bluff; 36 / 89 near Chester; 89 / 44 near Old Station; approximately 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on 44 near Millville. More detailed information on current park conditions can be found online at www.nps.gov/lavo, on Facebook and Twitter.

Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions. Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May, along with extra food, water, and blankets. For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.  Caltrans can be reached at 1-800-427- ROAD for current Highway conditions in the area.