Through the Oregon Cascade Mountains, and Driving the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, CA.

November 16 – 18, 2017.

I camped in a Casino parking lot in Crescent City on November 16, after visiting the Redwoods of CA. I wasn’t sure about stealth camping here as it was a small casino, so I parked between some fire trucks and vans and scattered my fire department badges on the dashboard; you could call it a different kind of stealth camping I suppose. In the morning I headed north again and then east along Hwy 199 through the Cascade Mountains towards Grants Pass, but took Hwy 238 SE towards Medford and skipped Grants Pass. I have no interest in cities.

It was cold in the mountains, and anything of interest to see along the way was closed. On November 17, I parked in the Best Western’s parking lot in Ashland, OR, and did not get disturbed. I’d checked out some other places around Ashland but didn’t like the looks of them.

From Ashland, I drove I5 south back into California and saw Mount Shasta in the distance. The clouds were teasing and toying with the snowy peak, but I couldn’t get good pictures because I was on an interstate.

I was so relieved when I reached Hwy 89 and could leave the interstate behind. There were a series of beautiful falls along McCloud Loop Road, off Hwy 89. McCloud Falls had lower, middle and upper falls with some short trails to them.

I camped in what used to be a fee-pay campground called Algoma Campground along the McCloud River. It was down Grizzly Peak Lookout Road, on the south side of Hwy 89 shortly after McCloud Falls. 41.256334, -121.883826.

I fell asleep to the sound of the river running by, and when I woke in the morning the puddles were frozen. It was a deep canyon, dark and cold in November. The next day I continued along Hwy 89, visiting Burney Falls, then onto Susanville by skirting around Lassen Volcano National Park because the roads through it were closed for the winter. I spent the night in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Susanville.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these images and my travels.

Roxy ~ A Nomad for Nature

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5 responses to “Through the Oregon Cascade Mountains, and Driving the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, CA.

  1. The roads were closed in Lassen Volcano National Park for the winter. It’s funny when you hear people talk about California, it’s always SoCal & the good weather. They never seem to think about the part of the state where the roads are closed in the winter because of the snow.


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