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The Land of Fire
My tour of the land of fire in southern Oregon and northern, northern California began at Crater Lake, which is just north of Klamath Falls. From there we made a brief stop at Collier State Park and Logging Museum before heading for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges and Lava Beds National Monument. We camped for three nights at Lava Beds, hiking, touring sights related to the Modoc War, and visiting some of the caves. The Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway led us to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and a short hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. After a brief stop at the Fort Crook Museum in Fall River Mills, we arrived in Alturas where we visited the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge and the Modoc County Historical Museum. The next day we went backroading in the far northeast corner of California to the east of Goose Lake, generally following the Modoc National Forest's Warner Mountains Auto Tour. Our next stop was Lassen Volcanic National Park, where we again camped and hiked for several days. After a day in the Redding area to see the Shasta Dam, the new Calatrava Sundial Bridge in Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and Shasta State Historical Park, we camped at Whiskeytown Lake, a National Recreation Area. For the next couple of days we explored Weaverville and the Trinity Alps where gold was discovered in the 1850s, traveling the Trinity Heritage National Scenic Byway. Mt. Shasta was our next destination. From there we hiked in Castle Crags State Park, to Squaw Meadow on Mount Shasta, and more of the Pacific Crest Trail. We also visited the old lumber mill town of McCloud with its nearby series of waterfalls. Heading back north towards Oregon, we stopped at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden outside Weed and Yreka. To reach Oregon Caves National Monument, we crossed the Siskiyou Mountains to the southwest of Ashland on FR 20 to the Applegate Valley.
Next we headed for the Redwoods and the Lost Coast.