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Weather

Winter Storm Watch: Up to 7 Feet of Snow Forecast to Fall on NorCal Mountains

On November 1st, an early-season snowstorm blanketed the Northern California mountains with 4 feet of snow. Exactly a month later,…

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Events

This Northern California Town Transforms into a Whimsical Christmas Wonderland in December

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou McCloud, California The holiday season has arrived, meaning people are donning their homes with…

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News

Placer County Unanimously Votes to Rescind Approval of Olympic Valley Development

Photo by Cee The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind its approval of a development proposed for Tahoe’s…

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Destinations

These Northern California Destinations Made Fodor’s ‘No List’ for 2023

Fodor’s is one of the world’s best resources for travelers. So when they tell you not to visit a place,…

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Photography

Throwback: See Photos of the Incredible Winter of 2019 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

The winter of 2019 in Northern California was historic on many fronts. Many ski resorts, including Squaw Valley and Mammoth…

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Video

WATCH: NorCal Soldier Receives Heartfelt Welcome Home from Dog

While Sacramento resident Casandra Cabrera was deployed in Djibouti, Africa serving with the Army for the last 11 months, she…

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Video

Go Behind the Scenes of the Viral Top-to-Bottom Ski Run on Mammoth Mountain

When Bobby Brown pulled of this epic top-to-bottom run on Mammoth Mountain, it took the internet by storm, being picked…

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Wildlife

Whaleback Pack Delivers California’s Largest Known Wolf Litter in Over 100 Years

The Whaleback Pack, living in Northern California’s Siskiyou County, delivered a historic litter of pups in 2022. The California Department…

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Wildlife

Poachers Leave Dangerous Elk Carcasses Near Condor Habitat in Northern California

Photo by Will Goldenberg On Saturday, November 12, the Northern California Condor Restoration Program performed x-rays on two elk that…

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Stories

Meet the Life-Saving Ski Patrol Dogs of Northern California

We all know that dogs are man’s best friend. Well, now dogs can be a skier’s best friend, and they…

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Stories

The 4 Volcanos Surrounding Northern California Are Some Of The Most Dangerous in America

Photo by Jeffrey Eisen It’s no secret – we have some active volcanos in our area. But are you aware that…

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North Coast

Hollywood A-List Actor Spotted in Humboldt. Is He Filming a Bigfoot Movie?

There have been sightings of an A-list Hollywood actor around Humboldt recently, which makes us wonder if he’s on the…

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Tahoe

From the Ashes: Sierra-at-Tahoe Announces Opening Day Following Caldor Fire Restoration

Just a year after the Caldor Fire swept through Sierra-at-Tahoe, the ski resort has announced its opening day for the…

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News

Last Major Hurdle Cleared for Removal of the Klamath River Dams

Copco Dam on the Klamath River. Photo: California Trout The last major milestone has been cleared in the journey to…

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Stories

How Skiing Down Volcanoes Became a Time-Honored Tradition in Northern California

Volcanoes are the kind of geological formations that tend to inspire awe. Towering above everything else, they seem like a…

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News

Lassen Volcanic National Park Closes Highway for Winter Season

The winter season is upon us, meaning outdoor destinations are altering their operations to deal with snow accumulation in the…

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Outdoors

Lassen’s Subway Cave Closes for the Winter Season

On November 15, the Subway Cave in Lassen National Forest closed for the winter season. It’s expected to reopen for…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite to Eliminate Reservation System for Summer 2023

Photo by Jeremy Lwanga Yosemite National Park officials made a major announcement that they will no longer require reservations for vehicle…

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Weather

Why Does Mammoth Get So Much Snow? Here’s the Science Behind It.

Mammoth Mountain made headlines in recent winters for producing some epic snowfall. In February, 2019 they broke a 30-year-old snowfall record and…

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News

Klamath River Upstream Of Interstate 5 Reopened To Adult Chinook Salmon Harvest

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that recreational fishing for adult, fall-run Chinook salmon on the…

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Wildlife

Throwback: Bear Casually Opens Door and Strolls into Tahoe CHP Facility

With an increase of bear activity in the Tahoe Basin, we’ve been seeing a lot of videos of bears acting…

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News

CBS Action Drama ‘Fire Country’ is Based on NorCal Wildfires. CalFire Isn’t Too Happy About It.

A brand-new hit action drama on CBS is making waves as it dramatizes the lives of firefighters on the front…

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Shasta Cascade

Northern California’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Ice Rink Prepares for Winter Opening

As a Northern California resident, skating on a beautiful outdoor ice rink might seem foreign. When you add the stunning…

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Uncategorized

Tahoe Avalanche Documentary Sits Atop Streaming Charts

The film that dives deep into the deadly 1982 Alpine Meadows avalanche is currently sitting atop the streaming charts as…

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Sports

NorCal Ski Resorts Open in Droves Following Giant Early-Season Snowstorm

Photo by Ethan Walsweer It’s time to knock the dust off your winter gear – ski season has arrived in Northern…

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Stories

Meet the Man Who Drives His Car on the Sacramento River

“Wild” Bill Hill lives in Roseville, California, and just like any outdoor lovers in Northern California, he likes to spend…

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Tahoe

Take an Exhilarating Winter Ride Down Heavenly Resort’s Mountain Coaster

You may not be a fan of skiing or snowboarding, but there are plenty of reasons to head up to…

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Destinations

Celebrate Veteran’s Day at Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Near Mount Shasta

Photo: Discover Siskiyou Every year, Veteran’s Day sits as a reminder to all Americans about the sacrifice made by the…

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Weather

Storm Totals: More Than Four Feet of New Snow Fell in the NorCal Mountains

Bunny Flat. Photo by Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center The 2022-23 winter is off to one heck of a start! This…

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Destinations

Entrance to National Parks is Free on Veterans Day. Here’s Where to Go in Northern California.

Photo by Mick Haupt The National Park Service allows free entrance into all National Parks for five days every year. This…

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News

Save the Redwoods League Donates the World’s Oldest Juniper Tree to Mother Lode Land Trust

Photo: Save the Redwoods League The Bennett Juniper in the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County is thought to be the…

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Weather

NorCal is Covered in Snow! Here’s a Look at the Mountain Roadways

The snow started falling hard on Monday night in Northern California and hasn’t let up! Following a November 1st storm…

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Destinations

Win a Northern California Staycation with the Discover Siskiyou 10K Giveaway

The outdoor destinations of Siskiyou County are some of the most spectacular in all of California, and now you can…

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Photography

Photographers Capture Spectacular ‘Snowliage’ in Yosemite National Park

The seasons are changing in Northern California, with autumn colors seeing snowfall in the most beautiful way imagninable. The best…

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Stories

Documentary About the Deadly Avalanche on Alpine Meadows Coming to Video on Demand

On March 31, 1982, a large avalanche hit Alpine Meadows, burying the main lodge and parking lot in 20 feet of…

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News

Witnesses Claim Meteorite Destroyed Northern California Home During Taurid Meteor Shower

Many people saw a massive fireball flying across the sky in Northern California during the Taurids meteor shower Friday night.…

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News

Shasta Trinity National Forest Prepares to Initiate Winter Prescribed Burns

Photo by Robert Ritchie The Shasta-Trinity National Forest plans to initiate prescribed fire operations this fall and over the winter, as…

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News

What Was It? Giant Fireball Lights Up Northern California Sky.

Many people were shocked to see a massive light moving quickly across the Northern California sky Friday night. No, it…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta’s Brand-New Gray Butte Lift is Finished. Here’s How it Will Completely Transform the Mountain.

View of the Mt. Shasta Ski Park from the brand-new Gray Butte lift. Photo by Mt. Shasta Ski Park. The…

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Stories

A Total Lunar Eclipse Called the ‘Beaver Blood Moon’ Will Light Up the Night Sky this Week

Photo by Zoltan Tasi  This week will see a spectacular lunar event with the “Beaver Blood Moon” lighting up the night…

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Weather

NovemBURIED Continues! Incoming Storm Could Bring Another 4 Feet of Snow to NorCal Mountains

Snowy Emigrant Gap. Photo by Wil Stewart. It was a stunning sight to see snow begin to fall in Northern California…

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Sports

Mammoth Mountain Opening this Weekend Following Early-Season Snowstorm

After a hefty early-season storm that blanketed the mountains of Northern California with snow, we have our first ski resort…

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Outdoors

Celebrating 50 Years of ‘Wild Trout Waters’ in California

Hat Creek in Shasta County is forever linked with CDFW’s Heritage and Wild Trout Program as one of the first…

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Wildlife

Expect Heightened Activity from Lake Tahoe Bears as They Seek Food for the Winter

Fall is underway in the Tahoe Basin and Lake Tahoe bears are hungry! Autumn is the time of year when…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Was the 8-Year-Old’s Climb of El Capitan a Hoax? Youngster’s Achievement Comes Under Scrutiny.

Photo by Patrick T’Kindt It was an achievement celebrated the world over last week when 8-year-old Sam Baker became the youngest…

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News

Dungeness Crab Season Delayed for Fourth Year in a Row in California

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps will be temporarily restricted in California when the season opens on…

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Tahoe

It’s DUMPING in Tahoe Right Now and the Roads are Already a Complete Mess

The first significant storm of the season has officially arrived in Tahoe and it’s currently DUMPING. Some reports show 6…

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Weather

BREAKING: Snowstorm Has Arrived in Mount Shasta and it’s Coming Down HARD

Remember, remember the first of November. Those will hopefully be our words in a few months when we see a…

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Wildlife

VIDEO: Lassen Pack Seen Running Through Field Full of Cattle in Northern California

California’s first wolf pack to return to the state in over a century, the Lassen Pack, continues to grow in…

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Stories

Movie Review: Find Northern California Views in a Spooky Setting in ‘Hotel Dunsmuir’

The film “Hotel Dunsmuir” is out, and just in time for a spooky NorCal Halloween. How do you make Dunsmuir,…

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Weather

NovemBURIED? A Foot of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains this Week

Despite another year of drought in Northern California, the fall months have already brought plenty of precipitation. September saw 1000%…

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Stories

Movie Crew Shares Haunting Experiences While Filming ‘Hotel Dunsmuir’ in Northern California

The newly-release Hotel Dunsmuir has been a hit for audiences this Halloween season, receiving positive reviews and earning Michael Zaiko…

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News

8-Year-Old Rock Climber Becomes the Youngest to Ascend El Capitan

8-year-old Sam Baker climbing El Capitan. Photo via @samueladventure/IG A brand-new rock climbing record has been set in Yosemite National…

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Stories

The Legends and Mysteries of Siskiyou County

Photo by Marco Bicca  It’s well documented that the areas surrounding Mount Shasta are full of legends and mysteries. From paranormal…

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Outdoors

5 Survival Lessons From the Northern California Man Lost in Yosemite For Nearly a Week

Photo by Jason Strull When Alan Chow solo-hiked into the Yosemite National Park wilderness in the spring of 2018, he had…

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Wildlife

Meet the Underwater Fly that Rules Mono Lake by Living Underwater

Over 100 years ago, writer Mark Twain observed the case of some “incredibly weird” flies in Mono Lake, near Mammoth…

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History

Remembering the Deadly 75-Foot Tidal Wave that Leveled Crescent City in 1964

Beginning in Northern California and running all the way up to Alaska in the Pacific Ocean sits multiple fault lines…

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Stories

Could Mount Shasta Bring America’s Next Great Volcanic Eruption?

The recent volcanic history of Mount Shasta eludes us. For a long time, the last eruption was believed to be…

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News

Save the Redwoods League Secures Opportunity to Protect 3,862-Acre Weger Ranch in Mendocino County

Save the Redwoods League today announced that it has secured an opportunity to purchase a conservation easement on the 3,862-acre…

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Bay Area

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Slams Bay Area

A large earthquake rocked the Bay Area at 11:42 on Tuesday, registering at 5.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale. The…

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Wildlife

What the Heck Happened to this Trout Caught on the Sacramento River?

When you’re a fishing guide in Northern California, there are plenty of odd things you might see on the water.…

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Video

WATCH: Red Hot Chili Peppers Perform ‘Soul to Squeeze’ at Private Hoopa Concert

Despite all of the local hype behind the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ private concert at Hoopa High School on October…

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News

The Great Redwood Trail Scores Monumental Victory Over the Skunk Train

The Great Redwood Trail scored a monumental victory last week when a federal regulator rejected the Skunk Train’s offer to…

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News

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Humboldt County

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit near Fortuna, just 16 miles south of Eureka, at 11:16 am Sunday, sending a jolt…

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Stories

The Dam Removal Era in Northern California Explained

While some Northern California dams are primed for removal, Shasta Dam provides crucial water storage and flood mitigation for the…

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Outdoors

How Do Northern California Wildfires Impact Wildlife and Forests?

Written by Meghan Snow Seeing a forest recently burned in a wildfire can be jarring. Green is replaced by shades…

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Events

WinterWonderGrass Returns to Palisades Tahoe for 7th Annual Festival

Photo courtesy of WinterWonderGrass WinterWonderGrass returns to Palisades Tahoe for its seventh annual festival this winter season from March 31…

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Video

Caught-on-Camera: Bear Sings in a Tree in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife encounters can be frequent for any visitor to Yosemite National Park, especially during a pandemic that has forced officials…

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Video

WATCH: Professional Skateboarder Builds a Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

Bob Burnquist is known to use his imagination to push the sport of skateboarding to new levels. The experienced pro…

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Outdoors

Sierra Notes: Four Characteristics of a Thriving Forest and How You Can Help Keep Them Healthy

Written By Cal Robinson When you close your eyes and think of a healthy forest, you may picture one that’s…

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Stories

The Literary Titans of Northern California – Part 2

Northern California has always attracted creative superstars, and the list of famous writers who either come from NorCal or spent…

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History

Five Northern California Destinations Being Considered for Federal Historical Designation

Fort Ross Landing Historical and Archaeological District The California State Historical Resources Commission will hold a virtual meeting next Friday,…

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News

Team Behind the Historic Clean Up of Lake Tahoe Sets Their Sights on the Eastern Sierra

June Lake. Photo by Levan Badzgaradze. The Clean Up The Lake (CUTL) dive team that completed the 72 mile SCUBA cleanup of Lake…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Cables Removed from Yosemite’s Half Dome, Ending the Hiking Season on the Famed Rock

The seasons are changing in Yosemite National Park. Temperatures are dropping and fall foliage is beginning to explode as park…

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Wildlife

Free Swan Tours Offered Near Marysville this Fall and Winter

Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering free swan tours…

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Video

Tahoe Father Encouraging His 8-Year-Old Son to Flip on Skis is Your Feel-Good Video of the Week

There’s nothing quite like the bond between and father and his son. Simultaneously teaching and encouraging your son can be…

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Wildlife

Hiker Goes NUTS Watching Bear Cross Treacherous River in Yosemite National Park

When we visit the wilderness, we’re visiting the home of the vast wildlife that lives there. From birds to deer…

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Outdoors

VIDEO: GIANT Great White Shark Seen off the Coast of Northern California

The waters off the coast of Northern California are known as the Red Triangle, which is home to 40 percent…

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Shasta Cascade

Question of the Week: Why Does Whiskeytown Lake Stay Full Year Round?

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History

The Fascinating History of Redding Rancheria

The Wintu Tribe of Northern California When I am outdoors visiting our beautiful NorCal landmarks, curiosity always slips into my head…

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History

The Mystery Behind the Sunken World War II ‘Ghost Boat’ on Shasta Lake

Photo: U.S. Forest Service There have been plenty of historic structures revealed on Shasta Lake during severe drought. With multiple…

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Tahoe

Drought Blocks Kokanee Salmon from Spawning in Tahoe’s Taylor Creek for Second Straight Year

Taylor Creek remains mostly dry after another year of drought One of the most delightful fall activities in the Tahoe…

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Stories

Newly Released Horror Flick Features One of Our Favorite NorCal Mountain Towns

It’s not every day you get to enjoy a movie filmed in one of your favorite towns in the world.…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Body of Missing Hiker Found in the Eastern Sierra

The body of missing hiker Robert Bondurant was found on October 6, tragically ending the search in the rugged terrain…

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News

Investigation Shows Forest Service Mismanagement Contributed to Caldor Fire Devastation

The brave firefighters battling the dangerous and fast-moving fires in Northern California put their lives on the line to protect…

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Stories

Stand By Me Deleted Scene Shows Added Danger on the Famed Northern California Bridge

Stand By Me is a cult classic movie from 1986 about four curious boys wandering into the wilderness in search…

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History

This Popular Northern California Destination was Once the Scene of a Bloody Battle in 1855

Photo by Brandon DesJarlais We know Castle Crags as the beautiful Northern California wilderness area settled just between Shasta Lake and…

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Bay Area

BASE Jumping Off the Golden Gate Bridge is Dangerous and Illegal. That Hasn’t Stopped These Controversial Daredevils.

For many people around the world, the Golden Gate Bridge serves as the unofficial trademark of Northern California. Crossing the…

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North Coast

‘Lucky to be Alive’: Surfer Details Vicious Shark Attack on Northern California Coast

Jared Trainor was excited for another fun day surfing on the Northern California coast on Sunday. The Fortuna man was…

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Lassen

Question of the Week: Is There More Than One Volcano in Lassen Volcanic National Park?

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Stories

This Underwater Trail in Lake Tahoe is Home to Shipwrecks and Other Historic Artifacts

The history of Lake Tahoe sits at the bottom of its crystal-clear water and it’s now home to an underwater…

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Hikes

Is This Yosemite Trail the Most Dangerous in America?

Photo by Oliver Plattner If you Google the most dangerous trails in America, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a list that…

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Hikes

Find Iconic Views Hiking Up Mount Shasta’s Black Butte

For frequenters of northbound Interstate 5 in Northern California, imposing Black Butte is nearly as iconic as its next-door-neighbor Mt.…

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Tahoe

The 10 Best Bike Rides Around Lake Tahoe

Photo: Bike Tahoe There are a lot of opportunities for a great bike ride in Northern California, but the best…

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Shasta Cascade

Take this Hike to See Ancient Petroglyphs in Northern California

In the Lava Beds National Monument sits a wall of stone with petroglyphs that are dated as far back as…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Officials Begin Experimental System to Bring Salmon Back to the McCloud River

State and federal biologists and engineers, in partnership with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, have begun testing an experimental system in…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Nature Notes: A Fascinating Look at the Snow Plant of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is full of nature’s marvels. From world-famous rock formations to scary wildlife standoffs, the park is one…

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Video

See What it’s Like to be a Smokejumper in Northern California

It’s fire season in NorCal, which means we must keep in mind the brave men and women who put their…

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Outdoors

An Oral History of the Cantara Chemical Spill on the Sacramento River

Northern California is no stranger to disasters. Over time we’ve lived through earthquakes, volcanos, firenados, floods, mudslides and avalanches. Would…

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Video

WATCH: Mountain Biker Collides with Bear on Northern California Trail

Mountain biker David Sousa was having a great time riding down the Mills Peak trail in Plumas County when he…

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