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News

Destructive Wind Event Brings Heavy Damage to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Hospitality pickup truck bed crushed by tree during Mono winds on January 19, 2021. Photo by Lindsay Stevenson. After…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resorts Close Due to High Winds

Photo by Wil Stewart Following a night of extreme winds throughout Northern California, Tahoe ski resorts are closing today due…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite National Park Closes Due to Wind Danger

Photo by Sebastien Gabriel With high winds prevalent throughout Northern California on Monday night and Tuesday morning, Yosemite National Park has…

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News

Yosemite Officials Asking For Help to Find Lost Hiker

Yosemite National Park is looking for a lost hiker and is asking the public for help in finding her. “Alice”…

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Tahoe

Check Out this GIANT Mackinaw Caught on Lake Tahoe

When you think of the best places to fish in Northern California, Lake Tahoe typically isn’t near the top of…

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North Coast

The Magical Candelabra Trees of Northern California’s Lost Coast

Photo by Stephen Leonardi One of the most beautiful places on the planet sits in Northern California and you’ve probably never…

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Wildlife

Hiker Encounters Crouching Bobcat Near Lake Tahoe

You never know what you might find when hiking in the wilderness. Beautiful views and exercise are typically on the…

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Eating

Chico’s Burger Hut Chosen to Receive Support Through Barstool Fund

Barstool Sports is making waves across the country with their Barstool Fund, a program helping small businesses during the pandemic…

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Sports

That’s Odd: Skier Rides 40-Foot Wave at Mavericks

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chuck Patterson (@chuckpatterson) It’s January in Northern California, meaning it’s the…

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Destinations

21 Jaw-Dropping Outdoor Destinations to Visit in Northern California in 2021

We did it! We survived 2020! With a crazy year in the rearview mirror, it’s about time we look forward…

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Wildlife

NorCal Deputy Kills Mountain Lion Stalking Family Near Placerville

Photo: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office A Northern California family went for a seemingly innocuous stroll on a bike trail…

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Bay Area

‘Best Wave in Surfing Ever?’ Surfer Rides Once-in-a-Lifetime Wave at Mavericks

The waves at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay are known to be some of the best in the world, but…

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News

Mt. Shasta Brewing Co. Removes Hindu Image from Beer Label Following Public Complaint

The Mt. Shasta Brewing Company has removed the rendering of a Hindu god from its beer label following complaints from…

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Shasta Cascade

Listen to Active NorCal’s Zach O’Brien Discuss Mt. Shasta Legends on the Discover Siskiyou Podcast

Zach O’Brien in the Active NorCal podcast studio. Photo by Ryan Craig. We’ve heavily documented the legends of Siskiyou County.…

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Shasta Cascade

Extraordinary Spaceship Lenticular Cloud Appears Over Mount Shasta

There are plenty of legends surrounding the mighty Mount Shasta, including the theory that aliens use it as an underground…

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Weather

The Top 10 Weather Events of the Past Decade in Northern California

The landscape of Northern California is especially diverse. From the Pacific Ocean beaches to the snowy peaks of the Sierra…

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News

First Man to Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan Dies of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed yet another life, this time a legendary climber in the Sierra Nevada. George Whitmore was…

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News

Forest Service Will Issue Pacific Crest Trail Permits in 2021 After All

The PCT through Yosemite. Photo by Jeffrey Keenan. Amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic, the USDA Forest Service has made the controversial…

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Weather

Tahoe Peak Nears California Record with 191 MPH Winds

Alpine Meadows Summit. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows As the weekend storm moved out of Northern California on Monday, it…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Receives a Foot of New Snow with More on the Way

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Mountain Cam 1/5/21 The New Year has been good for the mountains of NorCal. Continuous storms…

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News

Dangerous Surf Claims 4 Lives on the Northern California Coast

Marin Headlands. Photo by Todd Diemer. It was a dangerous and tragic weekend along the Northern California coast as high surf…

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Wildlife

Deer Freed from Entangled Hammock After Six Months Wandering Around Sacramento

Reports of a buck with an interesting hairdo wandering around Sacramento have been circulating for the past 6 months. Finally,…

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Weather

Storm Chaser Captures Incredible Video of Tornado in Tehama County

As the storm rolled into the mountains of Northern California on Monday, windy conditions were prevalent throughout the valley. One…

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News

Fallen Redwood Tree Closes Road in Redwood National Park

The tress of the Redwood National Park are the biggest on the planet. Their sheer size bring visitors unmatched beauty…

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Tahoe

NHL Planning Two Outdoor Hockey Games in Tahoe in 2021

Photo by Clayton Cardinalli The National Hockey League has been hosting outdoor games across North America over the past few years,…

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Stories

The Most Read Active NorCal Articles of 2020

2020 is in the books… Thank goodness! We can all admit that this year has been rough for everyone. With…

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Outdoors

Brand-New Trail Coming to Mount Shasta’s Heart Lake

Photo by Francois Olwage. Some of the best views in Northern California are offered at Mount Shasta’s Heart Lake, a high-elevation…

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Weather

Snowstorm Brings Fresh Snow, Chain Controls to NorCal Mountains

In the early-morning hours of the last day of 2020, a snowstorm hit the mountains of Northern California. From Mount…

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Wildlife

Young Sea Lion Returned to NorCal Beach Following Shark Attack in San Francisco Bay

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito has successfully rehabilitated a young sea lion that was attacked by a shark in…

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Video

WATCH: Alex Honnold’s Bizarre Interview About Climbing El Capitan with a Baby

It’s probably safe to say that becoming the world’s greatest rock climber takes a rare mind. Alex Honnold has proven…

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Hikes

6 Magical Winter Hikes Near Redding, California

Showshoeing around Manzanita Lake. Photo: NPS It’s officially winter in Northern California, which means we’ll be trading in our shorts…

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Hikes

Hiking to 2 Waterfalls in a Day in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Sitting just outside Redding, California is Whiskeytown National Recreation, a breathtaking park full of hiking trails, beaches, a gorgeous lake…

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Wildlife

Activists Defy NPS Orders to Deliver Drinking Water to ‘Thirsty and Dying’ Point Reyes Tule Elk

Photo by Hari Nandakumar There are plenty of people angered at the decision to kill Tule Elk in Point Reyes National…

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Outdoors

Skier, Snowmobiler Narrowly Escape Separate Avalanches in Tahoe Backcountry

As snow continues to fall heavily on the Tahoe region, the Sierra Avalanche Center has been busy monitoring avalanche activity…

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Lassen

Adventurers Discover Rare Views of a Snowy Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Photo: Dan Arbuckle When the snow falls on Lassen Volcanic National Park, many of the beautiful destinations deep in the…

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Eating

8 Great Wines from Northern California’s Undiscovered Wine Country

Photo: @karenpavonephotography By Trudy Wakefield Even though this difficult year may have hampered your wine adventures, it’s still possible to…

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Video

VIDEO: Skier Launches Off Insane Cliff on Donner Summit

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Movies + Episodes + Adventure (@bridge6media) Say hello to the craziest…

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Weather

Weather Forecasts Show the First 10 Days of 2021 Will Bring Tons of Snow to NorCal

Photo: Boreal Mountain California The mountains of Northern California saw plenty of snow in December, but not enough to eliminate…

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Video

WATCH: 7-Year-Old Shaun White Starts His Snowboarding Career at Sierra-at-Tahoe

Shaun White is an extreme sports icon. Holding the records for most Olympic and X-Games Gold Medals, he has claimed…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Fund Receives $250,000 from Vail Resorts to Clean Up Lake Tahoe

Photo by Clayton Cardinalli The Tahoe Fund announced that Vail Resorts has contributed $25,000 in support of its campaign to…

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Shasta Cascade

Fresh Snow Awaits at Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s Opening Day

Early-morning trail cam video on Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s opening day The Christmas storm that past through Northern California gave…

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Sports

Fisherman Lands Rare 50-Pound Striped Bass on the Sacramento River

Photo: Mike Rasmussen Fishing on the Sacramento River never ceases to amaze. From the monster salmon to the wild rainbow…

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Shasta Cascade

6 World-Famous Fly Fishing Destinations in Northern California’s Shasta Cascade

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo by by Craig Nielson, Shasta Trout Guide Service It’s been said that Redding…

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Shasta Cascade

Stunning Lenticular Cloud Dazzles Onlookers at Mount Shasta

As the winter storms began rolling through Northern California, the typical alien clouds also began moving over Mount Shasta. It…

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Sports

Fisherman Nets Giant 37-Pound King Salmon on the Sacramento River

The salmon fishing season in Northern California is till plugging along nicely on the Sacramento River. While the fall run…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resorts Receive Up to 2 Feet of Snow this Week, Setting Up a Glorious Bluebird Weekend

Photo by Wil Stewart. December continues to bring winter storms that are blanketing the Tahoe mountains with delicious snow. The ski…

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Stories

Monolith Photographed Over Lake Tahoe Revealed as Prank

You’ve probably seen the numerous monoliths appearing around the world, beginning with the famed structure found in rural Utah in…

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North Coast

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Humboldt Coast

Humboldt coast. Photo by Thomas Fields. At 8:13 am Friday Humboldt residents received a nice morning jolt in the form of…

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News

Lake Tahoe Tops Redfin’s ‘Hottest Neighborhoods of 2021’

Beautiful light on Lake Tahoe. Photo by Artak Petrosyan. The year of Covid-19 has left many city-dwellers pining for a home…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Receives Lackluster Snowfall, Putting Opening Day in Question

Mt. Shasta Ski Park was hopeful this week’s storm would bring plenty of snow – potentially enough to begin operating…

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North Coast

This Truck Dangling From a Humboldt Tree is a Mysterious Piece of Art

It’s been said that some people in Humboldt are weird. Heck, it’s the charm of the place. Known for it’s…

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Bay Area

Skateboarder Bombing San Francisco Hills in the Rain is the Scariest Thing You’ll See This Week

View this post on Instagram A post shared by @tannernapper The treacherous hills of San Francisco make it one of…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Once Again Banning Visitors Through the Holiday Season

Tahoe in the snow. Photo by Kyle Fiori. The snow is falling and the ski season is in full swing in…

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Shasta Cascade

Heavy Snow Falls on Mt. Shasta Ski Park with Opening on the Brink

Mt. Shasta Ski Park trail cam on Monday morning The snowfall hit Northern California hard this weekend, with storms blanketing…

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Stories

The Legend of Captain Dick – The Hermit of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay’s Fannette Island was once the home of Captain Dick. Photo by Patrick Minero. In the mid-1800’s, there weren’t many…

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Video

VIDEO: Surfer Paddles Into Biggest Wave Ever at Mavericks

It’s been one heck of a week at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay as the waves are reaching larger than…

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Weather

Weather Forecasts Show a Very Wet December in Northern California

Snowy road in Truckee. Photo by Ross van der Wal. Although we saw a few storms throughout Northern California in November…

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Shasta Cascade

Biking from the Sundial Bridge to Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River Trail

We’ve all felt like we were going in circles at some point in our lives, but just maybe there’s an…

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Tahoe

Tour a $44 Million Lake Tahoe Mansion with a Private Beach

Let’s be honest – we all have dreamed of living in a mansion on Lake Tahoe. With money pouring into…

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Wildlife

NorCal Man Tackles and Punches 350-Pound Bear to Save Dog ‘Buddy’

It was a seemingly normal day for Kaleb Bentham and his pitbull “Buddy” at their rural Grass Valley home when…

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Bay Area

40-Foot Waves Bring Elite Surfers to Mavericks

Mavericks Surf Competition, 2010. As high surf continues along the coast of Northern California, dangerous conditions remain for anyone visiting…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Fund Announces $100,000 Match From Tahoe Blue Vodka to Clean Up the Lake

Lake Tahoe. Photo by Tim Peterson. Lake Tahoe, long known for its famed clarity and brilliant blue waters has a dirty…

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News

California State Parks Closes Campsites in Areas Impacted by Stay at Home Order

California State Parks has announced that state campsites in regions impacted by California’s Regional Stay at Home Order triggered by Intensive Care Unit (ICU)…

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History

Ski A Volcano: The History of the Lassen Ski Area

Large groups of skier in Lassen – 1936. PHOTO BY JERVIE HENRY EASTMAN, COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, GENERALLIBRARY, UNIVERSITY…

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Wildlife

Rare Video: Kayakers Surrounded by Pod of Killers Whales Off the NorCal Coast

Kayakers fishing off the coast of Sonoma County were greeted by a beautiful and somewhat terrifying pod of killer whales…

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Outdoors

Officials Warn of Dangerous Sneaker Waves on NorCal Coast this Week

With a long period of swell expected to hit Northern California beaches on Wednesday and Thursday, officials are warning potential…

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Tahoe

We Asked What Squaw Valley’s New Name Should Be. Here’s What You Said.

Squaw Valley Resort has a monumental task of coming up with a new name, following their announcement that they would change it…

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Stories

What’s the Deal with the Perfectly Symmetrical Tree Plots in the Sierra Nevada?

Google Earth If you were to approach these select plot of trees from the ground, you may not know something…

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Wildlife

Rare Videos Show the Lassen Pack in Action in Northern California

California’s only known wolf pack, the Lassen Pack, more than doubled in size in 2020 with a brand-new litter of…

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Destinations

Winter Bucket List for Outdoor Adventurers in Redding, California

Lassen’s Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center It’s officially winter in Northern California, which means we’ll be trading our shorts and sun-tan lotion…

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News

Emily Harrington Goes on Joe Rogan Podcast to Discuss Climbing El Capitan

Emily Harrington made international news when she became the first woman to climb El Capitan’s Golden Gate route in one…

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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

A Guide to Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree in the Northern California Wilderness

It’s that time of year again. With the holiday season upon us in Northern California, it’s time to knock the…

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Photography

See a Fall-Color Explosion in Chico, California

Fall colors fill the campus at Chico State. (Jessica Bartlett /Student Photographer) Chico, California is known to many as “The…

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Wildlife

WATCH: Adorable Bear Cubs Play on Busy Yosemite Road

It’s never rare for visitors to Yosemite National Park to see bears. In fact, there have been 36 reported bear…

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Video

See What it’s Like to Launch Off a 100-Foot Rope Swing into Lake Tahoe

View this post on Instagram A post shared by @robert.wall Robert Wall continues to share his insane stunts with his…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Sets Opening Date with Hopes of More Snowfall

Mt. Shasta Ski Park has enjoyed the early season snow accumulating throughout the mountains of Northern California this month. But…

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News

NPS Hiring Park Ranger Positions Throughout Northern California

Want to get paid to be outdoors in one of Northern California’s most beautiful areas? That’s what’s being offered at…

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News

What Does California’s Curfew Mean for Camping?

As California Governor Gavin Newsom announced sweeping curfew for state residents, adventurers have wondered what that means in the great…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resort Will Become the First to Open in the Age of Covid on Friday

Photo: Northstar The early-season snowfall has been a delightful surprise throughout Northern California. As another storm brought over a foot…

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Events

Redding Garden of Lights Brings a ‘One Million Light Experience’ to Northern California

Brought to you by Visit Redding The Holiday season is about traditions. Whether you decorate your house the day after…

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News

86-MPH Winds Fuel Deadly and Devastating Wildfire in the Eastern Sierra

Photo: Mono County Sheriff The Mountain View Fire began on Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread through the small mountain communities…

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Stories

Meet Griff – The Viral Dancing Park Ranger from the Humboldt Redwoods State Park

When quarantine hit in March of 2020, State and National Park throughout California were forced to close their gates to…

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Weather

Heavy Snowfall Forces Mandatory Chain Controls on Donner Summit

As the largest storm of the early-winter season has arrived in the Sierra Nevada, so have the ugly travel conditions…

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News

Warren Buffet, PacifiCorp Agree to Full Terms of Klamath Dams Removal

PacifiCorp and Warren Buffet have agreed to the full terms of dam removal on the Klamath River, thus clearing a major…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta Ski Park is Getting DUMPED ON Right Now

As the third winter storm of November descended into Northern California, locals wondered exactly how much snow we could expect…

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Sports

Redding Named One of the Best Fishing Towns in America by Field and Stream

There are plenty of spots to catch big fish throughout Northern California. From the streams of the North Coast to…

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Sports

The E-Biking Craze Has Arrived in Northern California

“Dang,” I said to myself. “My legs are on fire. Time to downshift.” The grade was steep, and as I…

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Sports

Here Are All the Opening Dates for Ski Resorts in Northern California

Winter has officially arrived in the mountains of Northern California, and ski resorts are prepping by hiring lift attendants, cleaning…

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Stories

Spend the Holidays in Northern California’s Undiscovered Wine Country

Clear Lake State Park. Photo: @karenpavonephotography By Trudy Wakefield Sure, COVID has made 2020 anything but our average year, but…

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Weather

Incoming Storm Forecast to Bring Up To 3 Feet of Snow to NorCal Mountains

Truckee covered in snow. Photo by Wil Stewart. As we enter the third week in November, Northern California will receive its…

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Sports

Simpson University to Host Bass Fishing Tournament on Shasta Lake

Ranked nationally as the top West Coast college team, Simpson University’s bass fishing team will host its first annual fundraising…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta Put on a Gorgeous Lenticular Cloud Show During the First Storm of the Season

It was a beautiful surprise to see last weekend’s early-season storm drop 20 inches of snow on the Northern California mountains. From…

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Uncategorized

Fisherman Smashes Lake Amador Record with 20-Pound Trout

Photo: Lake Amador Resort Lake Amador, located just southeast of Sacramento, is a popular lake for Northern California anglers. This…

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Weather

Rejoice! Another Foot of Snow Expected for the NorCal Mountains this Week

Photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe It was a beautiful surprise to see last weekend’s early-season storm drop 20 inches of snow on the…

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Shasta Cascade

Three 18-Year-Old Hikers Rescued After Night Lost on Mount Shasta

The frozen slopes of Mt. Shasta. Photo by Sean Martin. Three “very lucky hikers” were rescued from Mount Shasta on Sunday…

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Photography

Winter Wonderland: See the Best Photos from the First Storm of the Season in NorCal

“Oh the weather outside is frightful…” I know Frank Sinatra was trying to illustrate a cold winter day with that…

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Stories

The Oldest Lake in North America Sits Right Here in Northern California

We have plenty of beautiful and unique lakes throughout Northern California. From man-made lakes like Shasta and Oroville, to natural…

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News

Dangerous Mosquito Species Spreading Through Northern California

First we had a global pandemic. Then it was firenados and gigafires. Now, a dangerous new mosquito species is spreading…

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Sports

NorCal Rock Climber Becomes the First Woman to Free Climb El Capitan’s Golden Gate Route

Photo by Jesse Gardner  It was November 2019 when rock climber Emily Harrington had a terrifying fall on Yosemite’s El Capitan.…

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