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Veteran’s Day Weekend in the Mountains

November 3rd, 2013

 

Come enjoy Veteran’s Day Weekend at the St. Bernard Lodge

Hike, Shop and take part in a Veteran’s Day Parade

Enjoy Lassen Volcanic National Park with Free Entrance Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Enjoy a 20 minute movie on Lassen Park at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center.  Take a hike to Mill Creek Falls, Kings Creek Falls or Bumpass Hell.

After hiking get a head start on your Holiday Shopping in the local shops of Chester and Indian Valley

 Holiday shopping TourHoliday Shopping Tour begins on Friday, November 8th at 10 am and runs through Sunday November 10th.

This year the Holiday Shopping tour includes a themed scavenger hunt.

Visit each stop on the tour to be eligible for Grand Prize Drawing for cash, gift certificate and lodging packages in the area.

This is no stress shopping for the Holidays.  You will find unique gifts and decor.

Visit Greenville for a Veteran’s Day parade at 11 am on Monday.  This is a great time to show your appreciation of our veterans.

After spending the day  hiking and shopping plan on relaxing at the St. Bernard Lodge. Join us for appetizers and wine between 4 and 5 pm, have dinner, relax in the tavern. Have a drink, play a game of pool, darts or cribbage. Spend the night and start the next morning with a hearty breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

21st Annual Rails to Trails Festival

October 10th, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.  This year is the Centennial of the Susanville Railroad Depot.

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The Rails to Trails Festival and Bizz Johnson Marathon draws guests from all over California and Northern Nevada.
Highlights of the festival include; chili cook-off, salsa contes, live music, rail road handcar races and great food.
This annual event besides being a day of fun, supports Lassen Land and Trails Trusts’s mission to conserve significant natural areas and landcapes and to promote and enhance a system of leading public trails in North Eastern California.
For more details on the days event. Still time to register your team for the handcar races.

 

Bizz Johnson TrailFall colors shoud be at their peak on the Bizz Johnson Trail this weekend.  Bizz Johnson trail is also desingated as a California Watchable Wildlife Spot.

Due to National Park closure the St. Bernard Lodge has rooms available for the weekend. Come spend one or two night with us.  Enjoy the Rails to Trails Festival and then take in the Fall Colors in Plumas County.

 

 

 

GeoTourism Council Great Escape Tour Starts

October 4th, 2013

The “Great Escape Tour” of the Sierra Nevada Region of California and Nevada starts Sunday Oct. 6th and continues thru Oct. 11th.

Nicole, with the Sierra Business Council, will start with a radio spot on KGO. Travel with John Hamilton , Sunday morning at 9:35 am. Tune in and find out where Nicole and Brittany will be heading in the Sierras. Watch the roads and the special places in the Sierras for the campervan pictured below.

Escape Campervans out of San Francisco has donated this van for the Great Escape.

camper vanFollow their journey on the GeoTourism Facebook Page. Make sure to check-in often to see just where the team and van are at and to suggest stops that should not be missed. Nicole and Brittany are looking forward to hearing your suggestions. During the Great Escape they can be contacted via Instagram @sierrageotourism or Twitter @sierratour.

When you spot this van between Oct. 6th- Oct. 11th, it will be the Sierra Nevada GeoCouncil on their “Great Escape Tour”.

After spending the day in Auburn on Sunday the Great Escape team will be spending most of Monday Oct. 7th in Plumas County. Some of the locations you may find them at are heading north on Hwy 70 up the Feather River Canyon. Of course the team will be on the look-out for Fall Colors throughout the area. Leaf peeper reports are on the PlumasCounty.org website.

A few of the stops planned for the day include: Indian Falls along Hwy 89 just north of the Hwy 89/70 junction heading to Taylorsville and then on to the Heart K Ranch in Genesse. Stopping at the Indian Valley Museum and the Cy Hall Museum in Greenville. Checking out Pioneer RV Park and Ada’s Place in Quincy, with various stops in downtown Quincy.

A get together is planned at the Brewing Liar in Blairsden in the late afternoon. Many Plumas County Tourism Council members will be attending along with representatives from TRAC and the Sierra Buttes Trails Stewardship. If in the area please join us at the Brewing Liar to greet the Great Escape Team.

After leaving Plumas County the Great Escape Tour will continue onto Truckee, Tahoe and Western Nv on Tuesday. Plan on spending Wednesday in the Eastern Sierra before heading to the Yosemite Gateway communities on Thursday.  Sonora and the Foothill Communities are planned for Friday, Oct. 11th, before returning the campervan to San Francisco.

Please send in your favorite places to visit along this general route via facebook or twitter.

If you want to join the tour on Monday, when Nicole and Brittany are visiting Plumas County please call Sharon at 530-258-3382 at the St. Bernard Lodge.

To help plan your next great escape to the Sierra Nevada go to: www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org. During the Great Escape Nicole and Brittany will be posting on http://sierrabusiness.org/whats-new/blog

 

Wine Tasting and Annual Manton Apple Festival

October 2nd, 2013

Manton Apple Festival is the 1st Saturday of October each year. This year it is Saturday Oct. 5th at the Manton School. Festival runs from 9 am to 4pm.

There are over 100 vendors with handmade crafts and food. A range of activities for the whole family; dunking for apples, pie contest, games, live music and much more.  Come join in the fun, proceeds support community projects and scholarships.

While in Manton check-out the local wineries; Alger Vineyards, Cedar Crest Vineyard, Indian Peak Vineyards, Mount Tehama Vineyards,  and Shasta Daisy Vineyards.

From Manton it is a short drive up the hill to St. Bernard Lodge, plan on spending a night at the lodge.  Lassen Volcanic National Park may be closed, but we still have miles of hiking trails. For availability at St. Bernard LOdge

On Sunday enjoy a hike or drive around Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon.  An array of fall color awaits you to discover. Current leaf peeper reports.

 

Fall Play Day at the Heart K Ranch in Genesse Valley

September 30th, 2013

October 12th, 2013 9 am – 4 pm

The Feather River Land Trust has planned a work and play day at the Heart K Ranch.

Join in on some fun work on the ranch at the historic granary starting at 9 am. Check video link to see what work needs to be done at the granary.

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Later in the morning take a hike or listen to talks on sustainable ag practices and Native American land use.

BBQ lunch served between 1 and 2pm. Please RSVP by phone at 530-283-5758 or send e-mail to kkleven@frlt.org. BBQ lunch is 10 dollars for adults and chlidren 10 and under are free.

For more information on this year’s Fall Play Day please check website.

The Heart K Ranch is about 45 minutes from the St. Bernard Lodge. Fall is a great time to make a drive from St. Bernard Lodge to Indian Valley and out to Genesse.  You will have an opportunity to enjoy both the Fall Colors of the area and many of the Barn Quilts in the Indian Valley.

For room availability at St. Bernard Lodge.

Download flyer with directions.

Increased waterflows in the North Fork of the Feather River Whitewater Rafters Mark your Calendar!

August 1st, 2013

RaftingPG&E will increase water flows for whiteater rafters in the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork of the Feather River. The higher water levels are scheduled for Aug. 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th and then again Sept. 28th and 29th.

Rock Creek Reach is an 8.3 mile stretch of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest.  This part of the river is near Storrie  and between PG&E’s Rock Creek Dam and the Rock Creek Powerhouse.  For a map and more information on Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological Commitee, please visit their website.

Currently flow is about 210 cubic feet per second and will be increased to 800 cubic feet per second, then held at 700 cubic feet per second during the scheduled dates of increased water flow.

The Sept. dates will overlap with the 4th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen at the Lassen Volcanic National Park on Sept. 28th.  Park admission is free.  Wine tasting and art exibits and music will be held at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center from 11 am – 5pm.

 

Make a weekend of it.  St. Bernard Lodge has rooms open for both weekends.  Come visit Lassen Park one day, stay at the Lodge then go whitewater rafting.

For more useful information on Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon visit:  http://www.plumascounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about the Amazing Birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park

June 1st, 2013

June 21st and 22nd

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Join Dr. Roger Lederer at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Friday June 21st from 4-5 pm.  Dr. Lederer will be presenting a power point presentation which is open to all that are interested in attending at no charge.  The lecture will be an introduction to both the birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park and interesting and amazing adaptions of birds. Background and books by Dr. Lederer.

 

This program targets local community members and visitors who have basic or no knowledge of birds.  This is your opportunity to learn from Dr. Lederer.

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Saturday morning meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center at 8:30am.  Dr. Lederer will be leading a guided walk of the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  This walk will last until approximately 10:15 am.  There is a $25 fee for the guided walk.  Group size is limited to 15 participants.  A second session will be scheduled at 10:30 am if needed.

 

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Please direct questions or register with Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or online at lassenassociation.org.

Bring your camera, you may just get the perfect shot for the 2014 Lassen Volcanic National Park photo contest.  You may also want binoculars and bird guide.

Please contact St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 for dining or lodging options.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a 15.00 dinner voucher at the lodge for any guests staying at the lodge and attending the guided walk of Mill Creek Falls with Dr. Lederer.

Opportuntity to Bike Lassen Park Main Road without Vehicular Traffic

May 20th, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits cyclists this year at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Due to continued road construction on Hwy 89 in Lassen Park near Sulphur Works, the 30 mile stretch of Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only.  The road will be open May 28th to June 6th from the North entrance near Manzanita Lake to the South entrance and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center.  During this time frame vehicles will not be allowed past Sulphur Works on the south side and the Devastated Area on the north side of  Lassen Park.  The road is open May 20th- to May 24th noon for pedestrians and bicyclists per park ranger today.  It is not being promoted due to debri near Sulphur Works. If you are careful getting by construction at Sulphur Works you may bike or hike the complete 30 miles of Hwy 89 in the park.

Please if cycling is important to you contact Lassen Park at 530-595-4480.  Leave a message that you are unable to make it this year, but are interested for future years.  The park road has opened as early as May 10th in 2001 and as late as July 16th in 2011.  Once snow is removed it may be possible to allow bicyclists and hikers for 1-2 days before traffic is allowed.  To have this happen you need to make your voice heard.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the park and all the great views along Hwy 89  from your bicycle.  Hwy 89 runs 30 miles north and south through Lassen Park.  This Hwy has the distinction of being the highest paved road in the entire Cascade Range reaching 8,512 feet.
Hwy 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which many bicyclists enjoy each year.  To have the rare opportunity to enjoy the views along Hwy 89 in the park with only other bicyclists and hikers is something not to be missed if possible.

There is lodging and camping on both the north side of Lassen Park, (Rim Rock Ranch Resort), camping in the park, and lodging and meals at the St. Bernard Lodge 20 miles from the south entrance of Lassen Park.

If you have more than a day you may want to include a ride around the West side of Lassen Park and include Manton.  Manton has several wineries to visit.  A ride around the east side of Lassen Park could include visiting the Subway Caves in the Lassen National Forest.  South east of Lassen Park you have St. Bernard Lodge, the town of Chester and Lake Almanor.

A few great rides in the Chester area include; Last Chance Loop, Lake Almanor Recreation Trail and riding around the 52 miles of shoreline of Lake Almanor.   The Bizz Johnson Trail runs from Westwood to Susanville.  Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports has some artistic maps of these trails.  We always recommend riding the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail to our guests traveling from St. Bernard Lodge to Quincy.  It adds little in the way of distance and gets you off of Hwy 89.  The trail is 6 feet wide and paved.  In the height of summer you may have to share with hikers, but no cars to deal with.

Chico Velo Cycling Club has a June Adventure Ride scheduled for Lassen Park on June 8th.  Please check their website for details.

Coming up in the near future are two century bike rides in the area.  The first is June 15th and  is the Mile High 100 ride around Lake Almanor.  this will be the 31st  year for this ride..  The second ride is in Greenville and travels through Indian Valley this ride is schedule for June 22nd.

Some of the best back roads of Plumas County are included on the Barn Quilt Trail.  These routes get you off the main roads and allow for beautiful scenery and also stunning barn quilts.  More information on biking Plumas County.

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Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to traffic for Memorial Day Weekend.  Road is due to open to traffic at noon on May 24th and closes May 27th or early May28th.

We hope to see you and share our mountain with you.

 

 

Photography Workshop at Lassen Volcanic National Park

April 30th, 2013

Lassen Association holding Photography Workshops July 19th & 20th and Sept. 6th & 7th

Photo Workshops at Lassen Park

 

Each seminar will consist of a combination of in-class and hands-on photography experiences in Lassen Park. The seminars will be taught be Terry Nathan.

Basic compositional principles will be covered enabling you to make compelling photographs spanning a wide range of natural subjects. Subjects will include wildflowers, geologic features and grand mountains views found in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The workshop will begin with a two hour class presentation covering the principle of lighting and composition. This part of the workshop will be on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Loomis Museum. The 5 hour field excursion will begin at 7am at the Loomis Museum on Saturday morning. Lunch break from noon to 1:30 pm. First optional session is from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. This session will allow for your questions and additional practice. A post photo-shoot critique session from 5:30m-7:30 pm also at the Loomis Museum. A second optional session is scheduled from 7:30 pm – Sunset. This will cover Sunset photography.

The cost for this 2 day photo workshop is $150.00. To receive a discount please become a member of the Lassen Association. Basic membership fees are only 25.00.   With a basic membership cost of this workshop is reduced to only $135.00.  Please visit the Lassen Association website for more information on membership levels and benefits.

For more information or to register, please contact Melanie Allen by phone at 530-378-1495 or e-mail at lassenassociation@yahoo.com. Information about this program is also available at either visitor center in Lassen Park. The Loomis Museum at the north entrance or at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee bookstore at the south entrance of Lassen Park.

St. Bernard lodge still has rooms available for the Sept. 6th & 7th workshop. We are offering a 10.00 discount for anyone staying with us for two nights and attending the photography workshop. Check our availability or give us a call 530-258-3382.

Equine Trails Celebration Red Bluff California

April 2nd, 2013

Join Back Country Horsemen April 5, 6 and 7th in Red Bluff  it is “Wild Wilderness Weekend”

 

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The BCHC Equine & Trails Celebration is an annual three day event. Back Country Horsemen of California caters to  members as well as the general public by offering varied training opportunities so attendees are better prepared to work in and enjoy our magnificent open spaces. The event is free to the general public. The last two years were a huge success, drawing over 2000 attendees each.  This event is held at the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

Admission is free.   For additional information visit www.equinetrailscelebration.com or to register for event.  Make sure to check out the great raffle prizes.

Classes scheduled include:

Trail Maintenance & Construction Tools for Trail Construction & Maintenance Legs & Leg Issues Colic – What is it General Equine Health Equine Dentistry Equine Back Country Emergency First Aid Saddle Fitting Breeding for Mules Packing 101 – Iron Mules Packing 101 – Stock Advanced Packing Skills Odd Load Packing Restraining Stock in the Back Country Pack Saddle Types & Uses Pack Stock & Packing Techniques in Wilderness Dutch Oven Cooking Wilderness First Aid for People Trailer Safety Leather Working for Adults Miniature Donkey Demonstration Gentle Use – Plan Ahead & Prepare Gentle Use with Others Gentle use with Waste Gentle Use – Leave What you Find

For  the most updated information on classes.

Bring your horse and participate in the Trail Obstacle Challenge.  There will be both novice and advanced classes.  Check-in is at 8:30 am.  For Registration information.

There are a variety of contests to participate in or just watch without your horse.  Some of the contests are; Dutch Oven Cook-off, FFA Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Odd Load Packing Contest, Western Art Show and a Farrier Contest. More information and registration forms for contests.

Cheryl Henderson, owner of Oregon School of Natural Hoofcare and ABChoofcare.com will be teaching Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm in the Pauline Davis Pavilion.  Trainers from the USFS Region 5 include: Lee Roeser, Michael Morse, Ken Grave, Erik Cordtz and Matt Carson.

Horse Boarding at the St. Bernard Lodge

St. Bernard Lodge offers horse boarding for guests.  St. Bernard Lodge makes a great location to base out of when visiting the PCT in Northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Plumas National Forest or Lassen National Forest, and the Bizz Johnson Trail.  Please give us a call if you would like more information on horse trails in the area.  Horse boarding is $20/night per horse.  We can be reached at 530-258-3382.

 

 

Goals of a Backcountry Horsemen of California Event

1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness
2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
5. To foster and encourage the formation of new units of the organization.