This circuit will pick up right after the end of the North Northwest circuit that ends at Cottage Grove Oregon. It will start at Diamond Lake/Crater lake and travel down through Shasta, Lassen, Reno and explore the areas along the 395 through California. It includes Mono Lake, June lakes, Tioga Pass, Mt Whitney area and the high deserts with lots of hiking and beautiful scenery ending up in time for the All Singles Dance Rally in Niland at the Fountain of Youth.
There is an 11-mile paved multi-use trail around Diamond Lake. There are many hiking trails, including a self-guided nature trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Mt. Thielsen Trail and Mt. Bailey Trail; and that doesn’t even take into consideration the Crater Lake National Park and all it has to offer. Go to the Steel Visitor Center and watch the park film, drive around the lake, attend a Ranger program, find the phantom ship, take lots of pictures, visit the Sinnott Overlook, swim, and fish or dangle your toes in some of the worlds purest water. There are several dog friendly trails in the park. Take the Ranger guided Trolley Tour around Crater Lake and the Ranger guided boat tour. Take a Ranger led hike.
Diamond Lake Campground, Idleyld Park, OR (541) 498-2531
Drinking water, showers, garbage disposal, grey water waste sumps, dump station, picnic tables, fire rings. $16/night S/A off; $22 for lakeshore sites; $21 for double site; $27 for double lakeshore.
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Kayaking, hiking, living memorial sculpture garden, Mount Shasta
Ski Park Highway (NF), boondocking area.
No facilities. Free. 4 mi west of town on SR-89, turn north on Ski Park Hwy (paved rd for winter access to ski area. 1.5 mi ahead is a large parking area for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. This spot is level, and there is room for 6+ rigs. There is also a large level gravel storage area 2 miles in on the left. Good sun, open sky. Excellent Verizon. Frequent bear encounters. Great views of Mt. Shasta and the rolling blue hills in the other direction. Very quiet. Elev 5000′.
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Hike Biz Johnson Trail, visit Susanville Ranch Park, visit the Lassen Historical Museum, and catch a movie at the Sierra Theater. Fish for rainbow trout.
Merrill Campground (Eagle Lake) Reservations can be made at reservations.gov. Large sites.
From Susanville head west out of town on Hwy 36, 4 miles out turn right onto County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.). From Old Station head east on Hwy 44 approximately 63 miles turn right on County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.), follow this road for 12 miles and follow the signs to the campground. Sites 57-90 are designated dry camping, $10/night w/senior pass; sites 27-56 have water and electric for $20/night w/senior pass. Water is available free; dump $5.
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Visit Lake Tahoe for hiking, kayaking and sightseeing. Go swimming at Sand Harbor. Visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum. Visit the Nevada State Capitol Building, the Bowers Mansion Museum and the Governors Museum. Take a tour of the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. Side trips to Reno, Virginia City and Comstock.
Minden/Tahoe Airport, 1146 Airport Road, Minden, NV 89423
Use address or GPS Coordinates. $10/night dry-camping. Public restroom available.
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Explore the Mono Lake Tufas, see the upside down house, take a drive across Tioga Pass (Yosemite) and hike around Tuolumme Meadows. Lots of lakes in the area to kayak and/or fish on. Visit the ghost town of Bodie and check out the June lake loop (14 miles) and Devils Postpile National Monument. Just south of Mammoth Lakes at the Hot Creek Geological site are bubbling hot springs, fumaroles and geysers. Great hikes to explore.
Glass Creek Campground, Mono Basin Scenic Area, Lee Vining. 50 spaces, all first come, free. Bear country. No water, vault toilets, tables, grills.
Just West of US 395 north of Mammoth Lake
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South Lake, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, petroglyphs, Bristlecone Pines, and no visit to Bishop is complete without a visit to Schats Bakery.
Horton Creek Campground, $4 with senior pass
BLM, 8.5 miles NW of Bishop on US 395, west on Sawmill Road; and then 3 miles west on Round Valley Road. 49 sites with pull throughs, tables, pit toilets, campfires, no drinking water. Elev. 4975 ft.
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Mount Whitney, Movie Museum, hikes to arches in Alabama Hills, Manzanar Internment Camp
Tuttle Creek Campground , $5 with senior pass
3 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road; 1.5 miles south on Horseshoe Meadow Road; west on winding dirt road. Tables, toilets, campfires, no drinking water, dump $5. Elev. 5120 ft.
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Hesperia Lake, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area and Mojave River Forks Regional Park offer great outdoor opportunities. Visit the Hesperia Zoo and the CalEarth Homes.
Moose Lodge, 10230 E Ave, Hesperia, CA 92345
Use address or GPS Coordinates. Donations for dry camping. For an alternative with E/W Hookups, the Elks Lodge has 24 sites at $25/day. The Elks Lodge is located at 9202 E Ave, Hesperia, CA.
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This circuit will join the Coastal Circuit here. Hiking, Stargazing, Nature Trails, Geology Motor Trail, 4-wheeling adventures, visit an orchid farm, dancing, Pioneer Farm, dine at Pappy’s and Harriett’s and lots more.
Yucca Valley Elks #2314, 55946 Yucca Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. A parking attendant is recommended and the number of rigs may need to be limited due to available parking at the Elks.
20 full hookup sites for $20 a nite or $120 a week, dry camping $10. We can dry camp in electrical sites once all the dry camping sites are taken BUT we must leave two sites for other Elks. Water and dump free for campers and $5 for others.
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