Northern California

Increased Traffic on Hwy 96 thru Seiad Valley

By: Ian Nelson
June 16th, 2021

Please note that a significant increase in truck traffic on Hwy 96 through Seiad Valley has made the already tedious road walk on the PCT an area to exercise even more caution. Log trucks carrying logs from post-fire salvage logging are regularly seen heading east while gravel trucks associated with road work near Happy Camp are heading west. Please stay extra vigilant when walking the PCT’s route along Hwy 96 as you cross the Klamath River and pass through the town of Seiad Valley, CA.

Grider Creek Campground and trailhead

By: Ian Nelson
April 12th, 2021

The Grider Creek campground is closed until further notice due to hazard trees and flood damage. A gate was recently installed blocking access to the trailhead parking in the campground. Parking is available just outside the gate to access the PCT but choose your parking location carefully as there are many dead trees in the area.

Grider Creek Drainage, Trees and Overgrowth

By: Brandon Kynsi
April 12th, 2021

As of mid-April 2021, the trail through the 2014 Happy Camp Complex burn area from at least the Paradise Lake to Grider Creek Campground (1628.0-1646.9) has quite a few burnt fallen trees per trail mile at lower elevations with some small-diameter overgrowth in patches. The trail cut itself is in great shape and very navigable in this section, but expect to be slowed a little by these obstacles. The old burnt logs in this area frequently attract ant colonies just under the bark as the wood rots so use caution when brushing against or sitting on these logs.

Lassen NP Backcountry Camping Closure Expanded Beyond Twin & Rainbow Lakes Area

July 17th, 2020

Lassen Volcanic National Park News Release

Release Date: July 10, 2020  Updated: July 17th with expanded closure area

Contact: Kevin Sweeney, [email protected], (530) 595-6130

Lassen Volcanic Backcountry Camping Closure Area Expands

Mineral, CA – An area in Lassen Volcanic National Park is closed to backcountry camping due to black bear(s) obtaining food from campers.

The area in Lassen Volcanic National Park closed to backcountry camping due to black bear(s) obtaining food has expanded. The area east of Lassen National Park Highway (CA State Highway 89), Hat Creek, and Kings Creek is closed to overnight backpacking use. This closure does not impact day use including hiking and stock use or camping within developed campgrounds.

At least one black bear has obtained improperly stored food and/or scented items from backcountry campers. After multiple incidents, one or more bears have learned to associate humans and their equipment with a food reward. The bear has also been unresponsive to hazing by hikers. In one incident the bear boldly searched a campsite and gear undeterred by backpackers yelling and making loud noises nearby.

The closure is in place for 60 days to reduce negative human and bear interactions and provide the bear(s) with a period to return to normal foraging behavior before further action is required. The closure does not apply to hiking or stock use, however users are encouraged to exercise caution and be bear aware. Additional information and a map of the closure area are available at go.nps.gov/lavo/regulations.

All visitors can protect themselves and park wildlife by being bear aware. When hiking in the park: never leave your pack unattended, make noise to avoid surprising a bear, and be particularly alert for bear activity when near streams or vegetation. If you come upon a bear, walk away slowly―never run or drop your pack. More information about black bears and bear safety is available at nps.gov/lavo/bears.

Backpackers are required to store all food and scented items in an approved, bear-resistant storage container while in the park. Canisters are available for rent at the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center during business hours. Backpackers can view a list of containers certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) or learn more about backpacking regulations at go.nps.gov/lavo/backpacking.

Lassen Volcanic is home to a population of approximately 30 black bears; there are no brown or grizzly bears in the park. Information about black bears in the park is provided in large part by visitor-submitted wildlife sighting reports. Please report wildlife sightings, especially any threatening behavior, to a park employee or by emailing [email protected].

Visitors are also highly encouraged to continue to recreate safely by following California State guidance, practicing Leave No Trace principles, avoiding crowding, and avoiding high-risk outdoor activities. Learn more about how you can recreate responsibly at Lassen Volcanic at go.nps.gov/lavo/RR.