Pausing at Old Station, California

Our last post left us ready to depart the Susanville, CA Walmart. That evening we needed to decide whether or not to make a long 250 mile push to the California coast at Arcata. The decision was made to “pause” a few days in the vicinity of the Lassen Volcanic National Park and explore the park and the surrounding area. We found a great little boondocking spot on Hat Creek near Old Station.

We took two day trips – one to Lassen Volcanic National Park and one to Burney Falls.

Using the NW entrance to the national park at Manzanita Lake, Patricia and I explored only a few miles inside the park boundary due to snow on the roads. Our visit was a little early in the season apparently because the Loomis Museum and the Discovery Center were both closed. That was disappointing but we enjoyed taking a stroll down to the edge of Manzanita Lake and then drove out to the “Devastated Area” where we hiked a short interpretive trail (needed to complete an Earthcache) and up the snow covered road to the Hat Creek Trailhead. We hope to return when more of the park is accessible.

Mt Lassen as seen from Hat Creek Rim Overlook in California.

Mt Lassen as seen from Hat Creek Rim Overlook in California.

Burney Falls was on Patricia’s list of places to photograph as she remembered going there many years ago. Cloudless skies and bright sunlight didn’t give her the best shooting conditions but we had a nice visit to the park anyway. Lots of people were on the trails as it is a popular camping destination.

Like most of our stops, we scope out the local eateries. Not much of a choice in this little hamlet but JJ’s Cafe turned out to be very good – particularly breakfast! Patricia had ample gluten free options.

We still have a 200 mile travel day to the coast but the short “pause” at Old Station was great.