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News

Most of Klamath River, California ‘Wiped Out’ by McKinney Fire

Rain showers brought reprieve to firefighters working to slow the McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County, but not before the flames…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite to Reopen Mariposa Grove Following Washburn Fire Closure

Following a nearly month-long closure in which the Washburn Fire grew to nearly 20,000 acres in Yosemite National Park, the…

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History

The History Behind the Extravagant Castle Along the McCloud River

You’ve probably heard of the Hearst Castle, the magnificent residence of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. But have you heard…

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Stories

Redding Woodworker Creates $65k Table from 1,500-Year-Old Redwood Tree

A woodworking company in Redding recently created a table from a 1,500-year-old redwood tree, selling it to a local restaurant…

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Sports

Is It Possible To Jump Off Burney Falls? You’re About To See For Yourself

Years ago we wrote about the legend of Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, who also played Tarzan in the movies, diving…

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History

The Real Life Zorro: The Life and Legend of Joaquin Murieta

Some say he was a good man turned renegade when all he held dear was taken from him. Others claim…

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News

McKinney Fire: Two Found Dead Inside Burned Vehicle Along Highway 96

The McKinney Fire continues to grow at a rapid pace in Siskiyou County, forcing mandatory evacuations of more than 2,000…

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Outdoors

Take an Epic Rafting Trip Down the Whitewater of the Trinity River

Once, in the dawn of pre-history, a ravenous saber toothed tiger stalked a little family of cavemen, mom, dad and…

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News

House Where Iconic ‘Double-Rainbow’ Video Was Filmed Burns in the Oak Fire

The Oak Fire continues to burn just outside Yosemite National Park, destroying dozens of homes since it began on July…

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Video

Big Basin’s Story: How a Wildfire Completely Changed California’s Oldest State Park

On August 18, 2020, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire blazed through California’s oldest state park – the Big Basin Redwoods.…

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Stories

How We Witnessed the Filming of Top Gun: Maverick in Northern California

It was a beautiful morning in February 2020 when Brien O’Brien (Bob) and I began our 9-mile hike to Feather…

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Sports

RIVER MONSTER: 8-Foot Sturgeon Caught on the Sacramento River

We’ve been documenting the giant, ancient fish that swim in the waters of the Sacramento River for years now. Some…

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Stories

How the Carr Fire Ushered ‘The New Normal’ into Northern California

On July 23rd, 2018, a flat tire on a trailer sparked a wildfire in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. 39…

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Outdoors

Oak Fire Sends Plume of Smoke into Yosemite, Lake Tahoe

The Oak Fire has grown to the largest wildfire in the United States, threatening thousands of structures and forcing more…

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News

Oak Fire Grows to 16,791 Acres with Thousands of Structures Threatened Near Yosemite

Just as firefighters began to clean up the Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park, the Oak Fire erupted nearby on…

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Weather

Climate Scientist Explains the Cause of Northern California’s Megafires

*This article initially ran in the summer of 2018 Following the Carr Fire, we tackled the “new normal” of devastating…

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Destinations

This NorCal Campground is the Best in the State, According to Outside Magazine

We all know there are some pretty amazing campgrounds in Northern California. Whether you’re camping in one of the National…

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Weather

VIDEO: Hiker Captures the Moment a Lightning Strike Starts a Wildfire in the Sierra

A hiker witnessed a rare scene when a bolt of lightning hit the Sierra, causing an immediate wildfire. He even…

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Wildlife

An Ode to Squirrels: The Badass Rodents Living in Your Backyard

Photo by Simone Mascellari When a buddy asked if I had seen any of the “Squirrel vs. Rattlesnake” videos on YouTube,…

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Cannabis

Take a Tour Through the Cannabis Farms of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle

Photo: The Mendocino Experience You’ve undoubtedly heard of the world-class wine tours held in Napa Valley, highlighting the famed vineyards…

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Wildlife

Chinook Salmon Make Their Return to the McCloud River

From left: Taylor Lipscomb, hatchery manager at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery near Redding;…

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News

Mariposa Grove Sequoias Poised to Survive Yosemite’s Washburn Fire

Photo: Garrett Dickman/NPS The Washburn Fire continues to grow at an alarming pace in the Yosemite National Park. As of…

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Lassen

What a Helicopter Rescue Tells Us About Hiking in the Burnt Areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Photo: National Park Service Lassen Volcanic National Park officials encourage visitors to walk off trail and explore. With Lassen’s centerpiece…

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News

Yosemite’s Washburn Fire Grows to 700 Acres, Threatening the Sequoias of Mariposa Grove

The Washburn Fire began on Thursday afternoon and has since grown to 700 acres in Yosemite National Park, closing down…

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Tahoe

A Guide to Watching the American Century Championship – Tahoe’s Famed Celebrity Golf Tournament

This week, the American Century Championship will descend on Edgewood Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, continuing the tradition of…

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Outdoors

Skier’s Summer Delight: A Backpacking Adventure to Find the Sierra’s Fountain of Youth

Skiers and snowboarders hit a bit of a stage of depression in the late weeks of June. Although some ski…

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News

Washburn Fire Blazes Through Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park

A brand-new wildfire started in Yosemite National Park on Thursday afternoon, quickly growing to 10 acres and closing Mariposa Grove…

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Tahoe

Wildfire Forces Immediate Evacuation Order in Truckee

A wildfire began near the Truckee Airport in the early afternoon on Thursday, forcing an evacuation order for the region.…

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Sacramento

This Sacramento Trail Was Named One of the Best in America

When you think of trails in Northern California, you probably think of places like Tahoe, Mount Shasta, Yosemite and the…

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News

Lake Tahoe Beaches Littered with More Than 3,000 Pounds of Trash on Fourth of July

For many people visiting Lake Tahoe over Fourth of July weekend, it’s a time to enjoy beautiful summer days in…

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History

The History of NorCal Names – How Redding Was Once Named ‘Reading’

Photo courtesy of the Shasta Historical Foundation Redding, California sits center stage in Northern California, nestled comfortably smack dab in…

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Lassen

6 Tips for Hiking Brokeoff Mountain in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Brokeoff Mountain in Lassen National Park is notorious for being one of the most difficult hikes in our area. The…

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Video

Watch: Man Spots Rattlesnake Swimming Across the American River

It’s summertime in NorCal, which means when we’re out in the wild, it’s important to pay close attention to the…

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History

This Northern California Ghost Town is Cursed, According to its Visitors

Flickr/Robert Shea The workers at the Bodie State Historic Park are used to receiving letters in the mail talking about…

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Stories

Experience the Magical Sunflower Fields of Northern California

Photo: Pixabay During the summertime in Northern California, you may have found yourself lucky to drive through Woodland, Davis or…

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Video

A Stunning Bike Ride Through Yosemite National Park

My last bike ride in Yosemite after working there for 4 months – set to Sleep On The Floor by…

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News

California’s Oldest State Park to Reopen Just Two Years After Being Completely Destroyed by Wildfire

California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks today announced Big Basin Redwoods State Park will partially reopen…

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Outdoors

Here’s How to Use Yosemite’s New Reservation System. And How to Get Around it.

Yosemite National Park sits one of the most popular national parks in the country with more than 3 million visitors…

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News

UPDATE: Missing Desolation Wilderness Hiker Found Dead in Lake Aloha

Update – June 30: A sad ending to the story of the 32-year-old missing hiker in the Desolation Wilderness was…

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News

Rices Fire Grows to 520 Acres in Nevada County, Forcing Evacuations

The Rices Fire exploded on Tuesday afternoon in Nevada County, near the South Yuba State Park and approximately 15 miles…

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Destinations

22 Spectacular Outdoor Destinations to Visit Near Redding, California in 2022

Brought to you by Choose Redding Stunning views in the Trinity Alps. Photo by Ben Guernsey. The year of the adventurer…

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Tahoe

A Lupine Super Bloom is Taking Over Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in Northern California, if not the entire United States. Add to…

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Sports

MONSTER 23-Inch Rainbow Trout Caught on Fall River

The Hexagenia hatch is in full swing on Fall River and fishermen are elated to see the results coming into…

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Tahoe

Bear Euthanized After Confrontation in North Lake Tahoe Home

After sneaking into a home and having a confrontation with the homeowner, a bear has been captured and euthanized in…

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Outdoors

Best Stargazing in NorCal? Find Spectacular Nighttime Views in the Lava Beds National Monument

Milky Way as seen from the Lava Beds National Monument. Photo by the National Park Service. Sitting in the tippy-top…

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Butte

NorCal Home Becomes First ‘Wildfire-Prepared Home’ in the U.S.

Photo: Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Devastating wildfires over the past five years have changed the way we…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to More Than 40 Public Beaches on Lake Tahoe

Photo by Meritt Thomas With the start of the summer season, the Tahoe Fund and eight agencies that manage Lake Tahoe’s…

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News

Mammoth Lakes Building Massive Affordable Housing Complex to Combat Real Estate Surge

Ski towns across America are experiencing a real estate surge that is pricing locals out of the market. It’s become…

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News

Congressmen Reveal Bipartisan Bill to Save California’s Giant Sequoias from Wildfire

Photo by Jeremy Bezanger Over the past two years, 20 percent of all the giant sequoia trees on the planet were…

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News

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Closed Due to High Winds

Yosemite National Park issued an alert Wednesday announcing the closure of Mariposa Grove Road due to high winds and the…

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Tahoe

Woman Attacked by Bear in North Lake Tahoe Home

Photo by Marion hobbs A woman was attacked by a bear in her North Lake Tahoe home on June 16, which…

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Lassen

What to Expect When Visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park After the Dixie Fire

The entrance sign to Juniper Lake burned by the Dixie Fire. Photo: NPS In 2021, the Dixie Fire ravaged five…

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Wildlife

200,000 Juvenile Salmon Released into San Francisco Bay in Desperate Attempt to Save Them from Drought

Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife On Sunday evening, officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife transported…

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Lassen

Throwback: Stunning Footage Captured of Lightning Exploding Tree in Lassen Park

A stunning video captured in the Lassen Park’s Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center shows just how powerful lightning can be. Park…

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Wildlife

WATCH: Man Saves Fawn Swimming in the Middle of Folsom Lake

View this post on Instagram A fawn was rescued Sunday afternoon after it was spotted swimming in the middle of…

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Tahoe

Spend a Day Relaxing in Tahoe on the Lazy Float Down the Truckee River

There are many summer activities in the Tahoe area for adventurers, but if you’re looking for a relaxing adventure, look…

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History

1906 Film of San Francisco Upgraded to 4K is Absolutely Stunning

It was on April 14, 1906 when Harry Miles, a motion-picture pioneer in California, took to a cable car and…

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Video

VIDEO: 60-Foot Rope Swing Stunt on the Truckee River is TERRIFYING!

Mike Wilson has become well known around Northern California for his insane rope swing stunts. He’s made viral videos from…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to the Outdoor Destinations of California’s Eastern Sierra

Photo by Zongnan Bao U.S. Highway 395 runs from the Canadian border all the way down to Southern California, and approaching…

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News

It’s Official: Negro Bar Recreation Area Will Be Receiving a New Name

Flickr/Vince The California State Parka and Recreation Commission unanimously voted to change the name of Negro Bar Recreation Area on…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Looking for Workers to Help Build its Brand-New Lift

Photo: Mt. Shasta Ski Park The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is currently undergoing an expansion that is decades in the…

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News

Cal Fire Blames PG&E for ‘Excessively Delayed Response’ During the Ignition of the Dixie Fire

Once again in 2021, a massive wildfire ripped through communities in Northern California, destroying personal property and claiming lives. And…

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Sacramento

Officials Considering Changing Controversial Name of Popular NorCal Park

Flickr/Vince A day-use area on the shores Lake Natoma just east of Sacramento has a name that’s hard to say…

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News

While Most Northern California Reservoirs are Starved for Water, One Sits Fuller Than Usual

Folsom Lake With the large reservoirs of Northern California experiencing the impact of extreme drought throughout the region, water officials…

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Events

Gold Rush Days Returning to Historic Downtown Yreka this Week!

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou The town of Yreka, sitting in the beautiful Siskiyou County, is one of the…

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Wildlife

California Wildlife Officials Uncover Illegal Rattlesnake Trafficking Operation

Photo: CDFW In case you’re wondering – yes, it’s very illegal to breed and traffic rattlesnakes. That’s why wildlife officials…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe To Receive 100,000 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout This Summer

Tahoe’s native fish are making a return this summer. The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex in Gardnerville, Nev., began stocking…

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News

See the Strawberry Super Moon Rise Over the Night Sky this Week

Photo by Melanie Magdalena It’s the perfect time of year to grab a glimpse of the full moon in the great…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite Officials Looking for People Who Spray Painted Graffiti on Rocks in the Park

Yosemite National Park officials are asking the public to help assist with a spray painting incident in the park. The…

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News

Celebrate California State Park Week June 14 – 18

Photo by Kitera Dent The public is invited to celebrate the first annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State…

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Tahoe

Four-Wheel Spring Cleanup Event Coming to Donner Lake this Weekend

Join Four Wheel Campers and Clean Up The Lake (CUTL) for a spring cleanup event at Donner Lake on Sunday, June 12.…

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News

Eva the Heroic Dog that Fought Off a Mountain Lion Dies Unexpectedly

Eva, the dog who heroically saved her owner from a mountain lion attack along the Trinity River, died unexpectedly on…

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Stories

The Zodiac Signs as Northern California Destinations

Just like human beings around the world, the destinations of Northern California have distinct characteristics that can bring out thoughts…

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Stories

Why Are There Old Train Tracks Going Into Lake Tahoe?

If you’ve ever explored the breathtaking beaches of Lake Tahoe, you may have noticed a rare sight of railroad tracks…

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Outdoors

This Interactive Map will Show You All the Open Campsites in Northern California

As the seasons transition from winter to to the summer months, it’s been really difficult getting information on exactly what’s…

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Video

A Stunning Tribute to the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California

The ancient redwoods of Northern California have an aesthetic unlike anywhere in the world. The tallest and oldest trees on…

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Outdoors

See Northern California Through the Eyes of a Pacific Crest Trail Hiker

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a dream for many outdoor enthusiasts. The legendary trail spans for 2,650 miles from…

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Sports

Fishermen Show Off Bright ‘Lightning Trout’ Caught in NorCal Reservoirs

We’ve all become pretty familiar with the different variations of trout caught in Northern California – rainbow, brown, brook, etc.…

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News

Lassen Park Highway Opens for the Summer Season

Photo: National Park Service The road through Lassen Volcanic National Park opened to vehicle traffic on Friday, June 3rd, indicating…

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Destinations

NorCal Destination Makes Outside Magazine’s List of ‘Best Campsites in the U.S.’

Flickr/daveynin When it comes to some of the best camping in the United States, Outside Magazine knows its stuff. That’s…

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Video

VIDEO: Cliff Jumper Comes Close to Death on 100-Foot Lake Tahoe Ropeswing

We’ve heavily highlighted the 100-foot ropeswing over Lake Tahoe, which has been billed the “highest rope swing ever made.” The…

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Bay Area

Mountain Lion Becomes Trapped in Classroom of Bay Area School

It was just before 8:30 am on Wednesday when a juvenile mountain lion curiously wandered into Pescadero High School in San…

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News

Hiker Dies After Being Swept Out to Sea Along Humboldt Coast

Photo: Rene Rivers A hiker died on Sunday after being swept into the Pacific Ocean near Shelter Cove on the Lost Coast Trail in Humboldt County. The incident began at approximately 2:45 p.m. with a call for two…

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Video

WATCH: Climbing Mount Shasta in 85-mph Winds

Climbing to the peak of Mount Shasta is no easy task. Add 85-mph winds to the equation and it’s very,…

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Tahoe

Free Beach Summer Concert Series Coming to North Lake Tahoe

Photo by Clare Foster/Concerts at Commons Beach The summer has finally arrived on the Tahoe Basin, the perfect time of year…

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Video

Visiting the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Near Mount Shasta

The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is an exceptional 136-acre art installation and war memorial along Highway 97 on the Goosenest…

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Destinations

This Boat-In Park Outside Redding, California is Northern California’s Best Kept Secret

The state and national parks throughout Northern California are some of our most visited destinations. From Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Uncategorized

Raccoon Goes Viral After Getting Stuck in Santa Cruz Roof

Photo: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter A raccoon went viral this week after getting stuck in a roof in the…

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News

Sierra Nevada Releases RESIST Anti-Imperial Ale to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has a history of raising money for relief efforts through their beer. Following the Camp Fire,…

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Events

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at the McCloud Mushroom Festival

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Held every Memorial Day weekend at the base of Mt. Shasta in the historic…

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Lassen

Lassen Park Highway Now Open to Bikers, with Full Vehicle Access Expected Soon

Photo: National Park Service Lassen Volcanic National Park officials have announced that they’ve finished clearing the park highway of snow,…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Tioga Road Opens for the Summer in Yosemite National Park

Photo by Ankit Malhotra Yosemite’s Tioga Road, the only route in the region over the Sierra Nevada, opened to the…

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North Coast

Brand-New Elevated Boardwalk Now Fully Open in Jedediah Smith Redwoods

California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Redwood Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service have completed construction on the…

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Shasta Cascade

Here’s How You Can Visit Whiskeytown NRA For Free this Summer

Visiting Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in the summer is a time-honored tradition for Shasta County locals. A trip to Whiskeytown…

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Destinations

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Outdoor Adventurers in Northern California

Photo by John Gibbons It’s time to prepare for summer in Northern California, meaning we put away our rain coats and…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to Enjoying Whiskeytown National Recreation Area this Summer

Brought to you by Visit Redding You’d be hard pressed to find a more pristine area in Northern California than…

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Sports

The King of “Fastest Known Times” Collides with a Deer Going 41-MPH on a Bike in Mount Shasta

Jason Hardrath’s body is used to pain. After all, he did summit 100 peaks faster than anyone ever. He also…

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News

Heroic Dog Survives Mountain Lion Attack, Returns Home from Vet

The 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois that saved her owner from a mountain lion attack in Northern California is back home…

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Destinations

NPS Visitation Numbers Show Yosemite Isn’t Northern California’s Most Popular National Park

Muir Woods is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photo by Caleb Jones. The National Park Service released its 2021…

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Destinations

This Historic Northern California Boomtown Maintains its Gold Rush Charm

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou It’s sometimes hard to fathom that Northern California once sat as the center of…

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