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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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Lassen

On This Day in History: The Lassen Peak Eruption of 1915

It was the late-afternoon of May 22, 1915 when Lassen Peak exploded in a powerful eruption that blasted rock fragments…

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North Coast

Redwood Coast Kite Festival Returns to Eureka this Weekend

Photo: Humboldt Kiters The Humboldt Kiters will be hosting the Redwood Coast Kite Festival in Eureka, California this weekend. The…

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News

Bull Escapes Redding Rodeo, Striking Six People Near the Sundial Bridge

A bull jumped over the fence at the Redding Rodeo on Friday night, running over to the area of the…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Eastern Sierra Camping App Launched to Help Visitors Camp Like a Pro

Photo by Eleonora Patricola For anyone looking for a camping experience in California’s Eastern Sierra, there’s a new app that will…

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News

Save the Redwoods League Allocates Nearly $130,000 to Research Coastal Redwood and Giant Sequoia Forests in 2022

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Photo: Max Forster Save the Redwoods League announced it has selected eight projects to receive a…

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Wildlife

Dog Saves Owner From Vicious Mountain Lion Attack Along the Trinity River

Photo: Forest Service Northern Region Erin Wilson and her dog Eva were enjoying a beautiful day at the Whites Bar…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite Announces Opening Day 2022 for Half Dome Cables

Yosemite National Park has announced they plan to install the cables on Half Dome to allow hikers to summit the…

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Events

Summer Concert Series Returns to South Lake Tahoe with a Star-Studded Lineup Under the Stars

Harrah’s and Harveys in South Lake Tahoe is bringing back their much anticipated outdoor summer concert series for 2022 with…

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Photography

The Best Photos of the Super Flower Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Northern California

Photo by Jake Edwards A rare lunar event dazzled the eyes of onlookers across North America Sunday night, with a…

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Video

Ring of Fire: Snowboarders Climb and Ride Down NorCal’s Two Active Volcanos

When discussing the outdoors of far Northern California, two of the main destinations you’ll likely hear about are Mount Shasta…

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Weather

Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Hot and Rainy Summer for Northern California

With some late-spring precipitation boosting snowpack and water levels throughout Northern California, the area is still primed for the devastating…

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News

The Historic Underwater Cleanup of Lake Tahoe is Complete. Here Are the Staggering Numbers Behind the Trash.

Photo: Clean Up the Lake Clean Up the Lake has completed its historic 72-mile underwater project to remove trash in…

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News

A Total Lunar Eclipse Called the ‘Super Blood Flower Moon’ is Happening this Weekend

Photo by Paul Gilmore This weekend will see a spectacular lunar event with a Super Blood Flower Moon lighting up the…

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News

Active NorCal’s Very Own Chef Brien O’Brien is Returning to Masterchef for Season 12

After possibly the most controversial exit ever on Masterchef in season 8, Active NorCal’s very own Brien O’Brien is making…

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News

Your Complete Guide to Grinduro – The International Cycling Celebration Coming to Mt. Shasta

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Northern California’s Siskiyou County is one of the most popular biking destinations in the…

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Sports

Fly-Fisherman Nets GORGEOUS 27-Inch Rainbow Trout in Keswick Reservoir

We’ve written a few articles about the under-the-radar fishing just below Shasta Dam in Keswick Reservoir, especially since no one…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Begins Construction on Gray Butte Lift, Hoping to Complete by Next Season

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is hard at work on the construction of a brand new lift that will open…

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Video

Watch the Condor Return to its Native Northern California Land After 100 Years

For the first time in 100 years, the endangered condor has returned to Northern California. During a livestream by the…

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Video

Get A Bird’s Eye View of a Full Lake Shasta and Snow-Covered Mt. Shasta from the Wet Winter of 2017

The wonderful people over at Sting Flight have taken a quick flight from Sacramento to Mt. Shasta in order to…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Officials will Release Chinook Salmon into Clear Creek Instead of Sacramento River this Year

Photo: Coleman National Fish Hatchery The dry winter of 2022 will be felt by humans throughout California this year. Water…

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Wildlife

Watch as Thousands of Seagulls Breed on the Humboldt Coast

It’s seagull breeding season on the Humboldt coast near Trinidad, California, meaning thousands of seagulls are nesting on their eggs…

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News

Man Arrested After Free-Climbing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco

A weird and dangerous stunt took place in San Francisco on Tuesday with a man free climbing the 1,070-foot Salesforce…

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Video

YouTuber Recreates Star Wars Battle on the Sacramento River with Jetovators and it’s AWESOME

Devin Graham is a videographer who produces extreme sports videos for his nearly more than 6 million subscribers on Youtube…

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Stories

The Rich History of Star Wars in Northern California

It was in the 1950’s, just east of the Bay Area in Modesto, California, where a young man named George…

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Stories

How Star Wars Transformed the Northern California Redwoods into Endor for ‘Return of the Jedi’

In the early 1980’s, the third installment of the wildly popular Star Wars franchise was in production, and creator George…

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News

The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is Set to Peak this Week. Here’s How to See it in NorCal.

Photo by Diana Robinson From May 4 – 6, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is set to peak, dazzling the…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resort Extends Season Until Memorial Day with 7 Feet of New Snow

Photo by Grant Kaye/Palisades Tahoe Tahoe ski resorts were met with the pleasant surprise of a series of wet storms…

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Wildlife

Tahoe Family Hears Snoring Noises Under Their Home, Finds a Family of Bears Hibernating

Photo: Bear League A Tahoe family was befuddled by “snoring-like noises” under their home this winter. They couldn’t locate the…

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News

Semi Crash on Highway 199 Spills Tar into the Smith River

Photo: Six Rivers National Forest On Thursday afternoon, a semi truck hauling 2,000 gallons of tar overturned on Highway 199 in…

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News

Officials Searching for Father-Son Fishing Duo Lost in Humboldt Bay

U.S. Coast Guard personnel are searching for a father-son duo who went lost while fishing in Humboldt Bay Tuesday. Their…

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News

Olympic Snowboarder Banned from Flying After Plane Crash Stunt in California Mountains

The viral video of former Sochi Olympic snowboarder Trevor Jacob crashing into the California mountains was heavily criticized after many pilots…

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Hikes

The 6 Most Grueling Hikes in Northern California

Sometimes the snowy slopes of Mt. Shasta can look more like Everest. Photo by Todd Diemer  The vast wilderness of Northern…

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North Coast

Humboldt Park Ranger Explains Why You Should Never Pick Native Wildflowers

Park Ranger Griff is back with another educational lesson for you outdoor adventurers in Northern California. This time he tackles…

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North Coast

WATCH: Riding Harleys Through the Redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants

Sitting in in the middle of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile two…

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News

Worst Nightmare: California Woman Falls Head First into Washington National Forest Toilet

Photo: Brinnon Fire Department A California woman hiked to the top of Mount Walker in Washington state when she decided…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Mansion with Private Marina Lists for Record-Breaking $100 Million

A massive mansion sitting on the shores of Lake Tahoe went on the market for $100 million dollars recently, a…

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News

Woman Rescued After Getting Stuck in the Lassen Snow for 6 Days

On April 14, Sheena Gullett of Little Valley was separated from her companion after their truck stalled on the snowy…

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Weather

Satellite Images Show Complete Transformation of Sierra Snowpack Following April Storms

After a historically dry winter in Northern California, the region was met with a welcomed April downpour which included multiple…

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News

Major Sturgeon Poaching Investigation Leads to Nine Arrests in Northern California

Wildlife officers have arrested eight men on suspicion of poaching white sturgeon from Sacramento Valley waterways, the California Department of…

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News

Multiple Avalanches Hit Mount Shasta After Heavy Snowfall

The heavy snowfall hitting Northern California mountains has been a wonderful sight to see after a mostly dry winter. But…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resort Set to Reopen After 3 Feet of New Snow

After a mostly dry winter season from January through March, many ski resorts in Northern California were forced to close…

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Weather

Heavy April Precipitation Relieves Areas of Northern California from Extreme Drought

Lassen Volcanic National Park had to reclose its entrance after heavy April snowfall As the waning days of March ended…

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North Coast

Coast Guard Rescues Three Hikers from the Lost Coast Trail

Three hikers needed the assistance of a helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard to be extracted from the Lost…

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Cannabis

How a Group of High Schoolers Coined the Term “420” in Northern California in the 1970’s

The number 420 is the international number associated with cannabis. At 4:20 pm, marijuana aficionados are likely consuming their favorite…

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News

City of Weed Hosting 420 Festival to Celebrate its Cannabis Roots

The city of Weed, California is embracing its cannabis roots with a 420 festival on Main Street from 9 am…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite Serial Killer the Subject of Hulu’s New Documentary ‘Captive Audience’

Two brothers that lived in Northern California lived unfathomably tragic lives. One was kidnapped and lived with his abusive capturer…

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Weather

Mount Shasta Experiences a ‘Second Winter’ with Heavy April Snowfall

The winter in Northern California was depressing, with little to no precipitation falling throughout the region from January to March.…

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Video

Popular YouTube Channel Searches for the Giant Salmon and Stripers of the Sacramento River

MeatEater has become a popular outdoor lifestyle brand with a passion for adventure and wild foods, as well as a…

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North Coast

Eel River Dam Removal is Moving Forward. It Will Create California’s Longest Free-Flowing River.

On Thursday, PG&E’s 50-year license for the Eel River Dams expired, with the company opting against renewing the costly Potter…

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Stories

The Easter Lily Capital of the World Sits Right Here in Northern California

The Easter Lily make a great centerpiece to any Easter dinner surrounded by family and friends. And it’s very likely…

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Weather

Better Late Than Never: Heavy Snowfall Brings Winter Conditions Back to Northern California

It’s been a winter of extremes in Northern California. From October through December, the Sierra saw the most snow during…

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Weather

Greyhound Driver Abandons Bus Near Snowy Donner Summit, Causing I-80 Closure

The snow finally began falling in the Sierra this week, a far cry from the historically dry January through March.…

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News

The 2022 Winter in Northern California was the Driest on Record

Photo: Ben Amstutz Following three years of extreme drought, Northern California was met with a drenched opening of the water year.…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to Spring Adventures in Siskiyou County

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Photo by Dave B It’s that time of year again! Time to shed those snow…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

WATCH: CalTrans is Blowing Up Giant Boulders to Open Up the Roadway to Yosemite

With very little snow over the past few months in the Sierra, CalTrans was able to complete the snow plowing…

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Wildlife

Randy Robbins’ Image of the Lassen Pack Wins the California Wildlife Photo of the Year, Obviously

When award-winning photographer Randy Robbins shared his stunning image of the Lassen Pack from the remote Northern California wilderness, we called it the…

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News

Divers Searching for Missing Swimmer on Shasta Lake

Photo by Brandon DesJarlais The dive team from the Shasta County Sheriff is searching for a man that went missing in…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

The Weird Controversy Behind the New ‘Tenaya Stone’ at Disneyland

Photo: Disneyland Resort Disneyland recently opened the Tenaya Stone Spa at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, boasting a…

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Weather

April Showers: Thunderstorms, More Than a Foot of Snow Forecast for NorCal Today

It’s no secret that Northern California is experiencing one of its driest winters on record, so at this moment, we’ll…

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Wildlife

WATCH: Falcons Hunt Megaflock of Thousands of Starling Birds in NorCal Sky

Watch the video here When the European starling was brought to the United States in the 1800’s they immediately flourished,…

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News

Geologists War ‘Ring of Fire’ Volcanoes in Northern California are Due to Erupt

Photo by Deanna Lewis With the volcanic eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii last year, geologists are on high alert for the…

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History

Historic Photos Show Lumberjacks Chopping Down the Giant Northern California Redwoods

Northern California is known for being the home of some of the oldest and largest trees in the world. The…

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Wildlife

It’s Rattlesnake Season in NorCal. Here’s Some Tips on How to Avoid Them.

With the weather heating up in Northern California, hikers are undoubtedly excited to take advantage of the opportunity to visit…

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Outdoors

Bear Hilariously Stops and Poses for a Trail Cam in Northern California Wilderness

Randy Robbins has become well known throughout Northern California for his fantastic trail camera photography of wildlife in the region,…

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Shasta Cascade

See the Sights of California’s Far North with the Siskiyou Scenic Bike Tour

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Historic small towns, clear mountain air and volcanic views are the staple of California’s…

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Cannabis

Cannabis Farm Offering Limited AirBnB Experience in Sonoma County

Cannabis tourism continues to thrive in Northern California, with many farms using their beautiful fields to attract unique tours and…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Pushes Forward with New Lift to the Top of Gray Butte

For anyone who frequents Mt. Shasta Ski Park, looking up at Gray Butte just south of the current lifts is…

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Wildlife

Shocking Photos Show Mountain Lions Decapitated by Trains in Northern California

For anyone who’s hiked along railroad tracks, finding animals hit by trains is actually quite common. In even the most…

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Wildlife

Yurok Tribe Brings Condors Back to Northern California for the First Time in Over a Century

Photo: Matt Mais/Yurok Tribe For the first time in 100 years, the endangered California condor will return to Northern California…

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Photography

Photographer Captures ‘Aurora Glow’ Over Lake Almanor During Rare Solar Explosion

Last week, a strong solar eruption provided the rare opportunity for residents of the northern United States to witness the Northern…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Study Claims the Introduction of Half Dome Permits Has Not Made the Hike Safer

Photo by Arnaud STECKLE Following a string of deaths between 2005 and 2009, Yosemite National Park initiated a permit system for…

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Sports

Get Pumped! The Bigfoot Mountain Bike Challenge Returns to Shasta County

Brought to you by Healthy Shasta Shasta County has become a mecca for mountain biking in Northern California, boasting a…

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Wildlife

Come Face-to-Face with a Giant Whale with this Northern California Kayak Tour

During the months of March, April and May in Northern California, the coastline is full of thousands of grey whales…

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News

Survey Reveals Northern California Snowpack Sits at a Paltry 28% of Historical Average

Photo: California Department of Water Resources The California Department of Water Resources conducted its fourth snow survey at Phillips Station…

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Sports

Closing Dates for All Ski Resorts in Northern California for the 2021-2022 Season

Mammoth Mountain terrain park. Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan. The ski season is coming to an end in Northern California. With…

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Hikes

Siskiyou Adventures: Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail from Castle Crags to the Oregon Border

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Stepping from civilization onto the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in Northern California is a…

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Outdoors

WATCH: Professional Cliff Jumper Performs Insane Flip Off Potem Falls

Northern California local Robert Wall has been lighting the internet on fire in recent years with his cliff jumping exploits…

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Stories

Guardians of the River: How the Yurok Tribe is Fighting to Save their Sacred Klamath

“Being a Yurok person, the river is our lifeblood. It’s just as important as the air we breathe.” The project…

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Random

Mysterious Green Walls Found in Shasta Caverns

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. Visitors…

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Random

Fall River Stills? Pesky Moonshiners Revealed in Small Northern California Town

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. The…

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Random

Lemurians Emerge from Mt. Shasta, Immediately Go Back Inside After Seeing Gas Prices

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. The…

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Random

Officials Considering Renaming Burney Falls to ‘Bernie’ After Famed Politician

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. The…

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