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Waterfalls

10 Waterfall Adventures Near Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding It’s waterfall season in Northern California and Redding, California is the best destination for…

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News

California Sees Third Driest Water Year in Recorded History

Lake Oroville. Photo: California Department of Water Resources If you thought this year was dry in California, you’re right on…

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Outdoors

Brand New 300-Mile Lost Sierra Trail Will Connect 15 Communities from Tahoe to Lassen

Mountain bikers enjoying the world class trail system in the Lost Sierra. Photo: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship The Sierra Nevada mountain…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Bear Falls Through Thin Ice on Frozen Tahoe Pond

The Tahoe region is known for its many bear sightings. From bears breaking into homes, to bears breaking into cars…

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Lassen

Man with ‘Mafia Style’ Accent Goes on a Hilarious Botany Tour of Lassen Volcanic National Park

If you’re interested in botany in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the above video has plenty of great information for you.…

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Sports

Closing Dates for All Ski Resorts in Northern California

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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Wildlife

National Park Service Reveals 152 Tule Elk Died in Point Reyes in 2020

Photo by Hari Nandakumar Following the controversial decision to kill Tule Elk in Point Reyes National Seashore in favor of cattle ranchers,…

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Butte

Hiker Dies Following 100-Foot Fall at Oroville’s Table Mountain

Hollow Falls. Brooke Stanley/AllTrails A hiker fell 100-feet to their death near Hollow Falls at Oroville’s Table Mountain on Saturday.…

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blog

The Best Jokes from April Fools’ Day 2021 in Northern California

April 1st has become a fun day for everyone. It gives even the most serious organizations the opportunity to let…

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blog

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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blog

Talking NorCal Podcast Reveals Their Secret Source of Northern California Knowledge

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

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blog

Northern California Fishlympics Sparks Annual Rivalry

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

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Outdoors

Experimental Release of 186,000 Chinook Salmon Performed Downstream from Spawning Grounds on the Sacramento River

Photo: Golden State Salmon Association Officials from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery, in coordination with the Golden State Salmon Association,…

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News

GoFundMe Raises $250K for 5 Children Whose Parents Were Killed By Fallen Redwood in Northern California

Following a tragic incident where Jessica and Jake Woodruff were killed by a falling redwood tree near the Jedediah Smith Redwoods…

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Destinations

An Adventurous Girls Weekend in Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Choose your adventure in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo by Kyra Leach. Sometimes you…

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Destinations

The Wildflower Bloom Has Arrived in Oroville’s Table Mountain

There are a few magnificent destinations to see wildflower blooms in Northern California. The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in…

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Destinations

Hiker Discovers Tree Growing Over the Trail in Redwood National Park

The Redwood National and State Parks are full of many wonders. The park system holds the three tallest trees in…

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Lassen

The Massive Road Clearing Operation is Underway in Lassen Volcanic National Park

A snow plow clears snow near the Devastated Area. Photo by NPS. When the springtime hits Lassen Volcanic National Park, park…

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Wildlife

More Than 500,000 Spring-Run Chinook Salmon Released Into the Feather River

More than a half million spring-run Chinook salmon smolts were released into the Feather River near Yuba City last week.…

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Wildlife

More Bears with Neurological Disorders Turning Up in Northern California

CDFW photo by Kirsten Macintyre The reports out of Pollock Pines, El Dorado County, last month sounded eerily familiar. A…

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News

Large Redwood Falls on Car in Del Norte County, Killing Two

Photo courtesy Courtney Mae A large redwood tree toppled over Highway 199 in Del Norte County on March 25, killing…

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Wildlife

How Wildlife Officials Survey Northern California’s Dead Salmon to Help the Living

Curtis Brownfield, fish biologist for the Service, checks the tag number on a salmon carcass pulled up from the depths…

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Sports

Get Pumped! The Bigfoot Mountain Bike Challenge is Returning to Redding in 2021

Photo by Jaret Brantley Redding is California’s secret mountain biking mecca, boasting a trail system over 200 miles in the area. And…

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Talking NorCal

Beer Park, Hulu’s Bigfoot Docuseries and Jumping Off Burney Falls with Brandon Beck | Talking NorCal

In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including the massive lawsuit won…

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North Coast

For the First Time in a Century, Condors Will Take Flight in Northern California

For the first time in 100 years, the endangered California condor will return to the Pacific Northwest. Once on the…

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Wildlife

Gray Wolf Continues Historic Trek Further South into California

The wolf that made the astounding trek from Oregon to the Eastern Sierra has continued to travel south. The GPS-collared…

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Wildlife

See the Biggest Steelhead Seen at the Coleman Fish Hatchery This Season

Since steelhead were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1998, Coleman Fish Hatchery has been dedicated to growing…

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Wildlife

Campground in Plumas National Forest Closed for Bald Eagle Protection

A section of the Wyandotte Campground in the Plumas National Forest is temporarily closed to protect a bald eagle nesting…

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Sports

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Hosting a Digital Terrain Park Contest for Prizes

Instagram – @mtshasta_terrainpark Mt. Shasta Ski Park typically ends its winter season with a freestyle competition on the mountain, but…

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Wildlife

Redding’s Famed Eagles Welcome New Hatch to their Turtle Bay Nest

The famed Redding eagles have welcomed a new hatch into their Turtle Bay nest along the Sacramento River. Liberty and…

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News

Snowmobiler Killed After Falling Off Cliff in the Sierra

Photo by Joey Childs A snowmobiler was killed over the weekend after falling from a cliff in the Sierra. The victim…

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Stories

Short Film Celebrates the World’s Highest Elevation Composting Toilet Atop Mount Shasta

With the many people visiting the high elevation areas of Mount Shasta each year, various organizations go to great lengths…

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Cannabis

You Can Be a Judge in This Year’s NorCal Cannabis Cup

High Times is bringing its signature series of cannabis competitions is back to Northern California in 2021. This year, the…

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North Coast

Abalone Fishing Banned in Northern California Until 2026

While the spring season typically signals the start of the recreational red abalone season, CDFW reminds anglers that the northern…

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News

5 Million Fall Chinook Salmon Released into the Sacramento River

Officials at the Coleman Fish Hatchery made their annual trip to the Sacramento River this week to release approximately 5…

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Eating

Anderson Valley Unveils 30-Acre Outdoor Utopia Dubbed ‘Beer Park’

Why have a Beer Garden when you can have a full-on Beer Park? It’s a question that will be answered…

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Talking NorCal

We’re Back! Active NorCal Featured in National Geographic, Local Heroes and Top Stories | Talking NorCal

The Talking NorCal Podcast is back! In this episode, Zach and Bob discuss the National Geographic article on Northern California…

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North Coast

Sasquatch: Get a Sneak Peak at Hulu’s New True Crime Documentary About Bigfoot in Northern California

Hollywood is once again diving deep into the world of Bigfoot, this time through a true crime documentary set in…

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Sports

Tahoe Skier Escapes Avalanche by Launching Off 100-Foot Cliff

Cliff where the avalanche occurred A Tahoe skier found himself trapped between a 100-foot cliff and an avalanche. He opted…

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Sacramento

Embattled Lodi Skydiving Center Ordered to Pay $40 Million Following Fatal Incident

Following yet another fatal incident at the Lodi Skydiving Center, owner Bill Dause has been ordered to pay $40 million…

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Wildlife

Shocking Video Shows Mountain Lion Devouring Cat in the Sierra

We all know that the vicious tendencies of nature are all around us. It’s just a little more shocking when…

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Wildlife

Coyote That Attacked Five People Caught and Removed from Bay Area Community

Photo by Joshua Wilking A multi-agency team of wildlife management professionals and local law enforcement caught and euthanized the coyote that…

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Stories

Point Reyes Has a Big Poop Problem

Photo by Claude Piché Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the gems of the National Park System in Northern California.…

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Bay Area

Golden Gate NRA Was the Second Most Visited National Park System in the U.S. in 2020

Photo by Varun Yadav As the National Park released its annual visitation numbers for 2020, San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation…

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Tahoe

Vail Resorts Extends Ski Season for Tahoe Resorts

Kirkwood Mountain Resort Vail Resorts has extended the ski season at their Tahoe resorts, with Northstar, Kirkwood and Heavenly all…

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News

The (Virtual) Wild and Scenic Film Festival is Returning With Four Northern California Inspired Films

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is going virtual in 2021, with the Tehama Conservation Fund hosting this year’s event…

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Destinations

The 10 Natural Wonders of Northern California

Photo by Casey Horner The outdoor surroundings of Northern California make it one of the most beautiful places on the planet.…

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North Coast

Redwoods Rising is Putting Northern California’s Damaged Forests on a Better Path

Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks, and National Park Service staff touring a Redwoods Rising restoration site in Redwood…

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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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Wildlife

A Wolf Made the Astounding Trek from Oregon to Yosemite. Now Where Does it Go?

A gray wolf made major headlines after it made the long trek across the Oregon border and all the way…

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Weather

It Looks Like it’s Snowing in Santa Rosa. It’s Just A LOT of Hail.

Photo by Sonoma County Sheriff A seemingly innocuous storm rolled into Northern California this week, bringing small amounts of rain…

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Butte

Kayakers Go Full Send Off an Overflowing Spillway on the Feather River

Nick Coulter’s at it again, this time trading in his usual cliff jumping shenanigans for an epic kayak trip down…

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Outdoors

A Complete Guide to the 225+ Miles of Trails in Redding, California

Photo by John Husome It’s been said that Redding, California sits as the gateway to the Northern California wilderness. That…

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Sports

Fisherman Breaks 46-Year-Old California Crappie Record on Clear Lake

David Burruss with his record crappie from Clear Lake California has a new record for largest crappie caught with the…

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News

Sundial Bridge Will Light Up Blue This Week in Honor of Frontline Workers

Thursday, March 11th, marks the one year anniversary of the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To recognize the…

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Tahoe

Behind the Stunt: Skier Backflips Over 150-Foot Road Gap in Tahoe

It was the winter of 2019 when historic snowfall blanketed the Tahoe region, allowing backcountry skiers to attempt obstacles never…

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Sports

Fisherman Lands 36-Pound ‘Whopper’ Striped Bass on the Sacramento River

The bass fishing on the Sacramento River is rolling heavy right now with the area’s best fishing guides showing off…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite National Park Ends Temporary Reservation System

Photo: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau Vehicle reservations will no longer be required to enter Yosemite as of Monday, March 1st. The…

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Shasta Cascade

6 Legendary Road Trips for Outdoor Adventurers Near Redding, California

Road tripping is a time-honored tradition for outdoor adventurers. There’s nothing like feeling the excitement of your upcoming trip while…

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News

Sierra Snow Survey Reveals California on the Verge of Another Critically Dry Year

The California Department of Water Resources conducted its third manual snow survey at Phillips Station near Tahoe on Tuesday, revealing…

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Photography

Yosemite’s 2021 Firefall was ‘One of the Best Ever Seen.’ Here Are the Best Photos From the Natural Phenomenon.

The annual Firefall natural phenomenon peaked in late-February in Yosemite National Park, giving photographers and onlookers a show unlike any…

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Video

Hitting the Slopes at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Brought to you by Visit Redding We made the drive from Redding, California to spend an epic day on the…

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Photography

Breathtaking ‘Spaceship’ Clouds Surround Mount Shasta for the Show of a Lifetime

Mount Shasta has been known to have a beautiful cloud show every now and again, but this week the mountain…

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News

Active NorCal Featured in National Geographic Article on Northern California Waterfalls

Active NorCal Founder Zach O’Brien was recently featured in a National Geographic article on waterfalls in Northern California’s Shasta Cascade.…

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Tahoe

Go Behind the Scenes with the Colorado Avalanche During Their Trip to Lake Tahoe

It was a memorable weekend in Lake Tahoe when the National Hockey League descended on the area to play two…

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Sports

Skiers Complete Death-Defying Descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

Zach Milligan skiing down Half Dome. Photo by Jason Torlano. Two brave skiers recently completed an extraordinarily dangerous feat –…

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Photography

Don’t Be Alarmed. This Photo of Mount Shasta Isn’t What it Looks Like.

The clouds of Mount Shasta are world-famous for their unique lenticular formations and intense beauty. In fact, these clouds have…

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Shasta Cascade

Win Prizes with Healthy Shasta’s Parks and Playgrounds Walking Challenge

Photo by Japheth Mast Healthy Shasta is inspiring residents to get outdoors and enjoy the spring weather by exploring the wide…

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Wildlife

Gray Wolf Travels from Oregon to Eastern Sierra – The Furthest South Ever Tracked in California

A gray wolf is making major headlines after it made the long trek across the Oregon border and all the…

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Sports

GIANT 17 Pound Mackinaw Landed on Lake Tahoe

Although Lake Tahoe isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Northern California’s top fishing destinations, you can still catch some…

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Sports

The Best Places to Go Fishing in Northern California

Yeah, yeah, I know. Who in their right mind would write so openly about good places to fish, and dare…

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Eating

Going Crazy for Poultry at the Chicken Shack in Redding

There are not many food items that are universally considered delicious across the globe, but fried chicken is sure one…

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Lassen

VIDEO: Hikers Snowshoe Across Frozen Lake Helen in Lassen Volcanic National Park

In the wintertime in Lassen Volcanic National Park, visitors are met with a closed highway, meaning to visit most destinations…

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Bay Area

Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in 2021 Includes Two Bay Area Eateries

Yelp released its annual list of America’s Top 100 Places to Eat in 2021, which has become a yearly event for…

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Wildlife

Skiing Legend Finds Bear Living Under His Tahoe Hot Tub

The growing bear population in Tahoe has been heavily documented on this website, with bear-human interactions being scary and hilarious,…

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Stories

The Mystery Behind Rattlesnake Dick’s Lost Treasure in the Trinity Mountains

Richard Barter AKA “Rattlesnake Dick” Richard Barter lived a life of crime in the Gold Rush era of the 1800’s…

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Tahoe

This Zillow Listing for a House in Tahoe is the Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today

On the surface, a house for sale in South Lake Tahoe is pretty standard. The multi-family home is just over…

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Wildlife

Volunteer Mauled by ‘Critically Endangered’ Leopard at Oroville Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo: Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary A volunteer at Oroville’s Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary was hospitalized over the weekend…

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Tahoe

Get a Sneak Peak of the NHL Outdoor Games on the Shores of Lake Tahoe

The National Hockey League has officially taken over the shores of Lake Tahoe in preparation for their outdoor games being…

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North Coast

Fishing Guide Lands 3-Foot Wild Steelhead on the Smith River

The rivers of California’s North Coast are starting to see some trophy steelhead running through the system. Fishing guides throughout…

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News

Expectations vs Reality: Yosemite’s Firefall Packed with Crowds of Visitors

Photo by Katie Rodriguez The world-famous Firefall natural phenomenon at Yosemite National Park has become a popular event. Due to stunning…

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Sports

VIDEO: Fly Fisherman Lands 20+ Fish in a Day on the Pit River

Although the Pit River may be outshined by nearby fisheries in Northern California’s Shasta Cascade, like the Sacramento, McCloud or…

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Tahoe

Avalanche Falls on Highway 89 Near Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay

Photo: California Highway Patrol – South Lake Tahoe Sitting in the midst of a snowy winter in Tahoe, avalanches can…

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Eating

Guy Fieri Opens Flavortown Kitchen in Northern California

There’s been an ongoing debate about where exactly Flavortown, U.S.A is located. We can now say it resides in Northern…

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News

The Firefall Natural Phenomenon Arrives Early in Yosemite National Park

Photo by Katie Rodriguez When February arrives in Yosemite National Park, photographers flock to Horsetail Falls to see the natural phenomenon…

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Stories

How a Tech Billionaire Lost $128 Million Buying a Lake Tahoe Vacation Home

Lake Tahoe has become a refuge for tech billionaires to vacation away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.…

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Sports

This Mammoth Mountain Rocky Ski Run is One of the Most Unique You’ll Ever Seen

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chris Benchetler (@chrisbenchetler) With new snow falling on the Northern California…

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Outdoors

Yosemite Announces Brand-New Reservation System Ahead of Annual ‘Firefall’

Photo by Katie Rodriguez Yosemite National Park is world-renown for its stunning waterfalls, including the tallest in North America – Yosemite…

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Shasta Cascade

How a Backcountry Avalanche Turned Deadly on Siskiyou’s Mt. Etna

Photo: Mike Burns/ Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team) The tragic death of a skier in Siskiyou County…

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Hikes

Watch Hikers Complete the Grueling Trek to the Top of Lassen Peak in the Winter

The hike to the top of Lassen Peak is popular for outdoor adventurers in the summer months. The maintained trail…

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Video

A Snowshoe Hike to Sulphur Works in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Brought to you by Visit Redding Sitting near the southwest entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park is some of the…

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Tahoe

Snowboarding at a Closed Tahoe Ski Resort During the Covid Quarantine

When the Covid-19 quarantine hit, it was an unusual situation that was difficult for everyone to get used to. In…

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Weather

Snowmageddon 2021: Yet Another Storm Heading for NorCal Mountains with 3 Feet of New Snow

Photo: Squaw Valley Phew! This week’s been one heck of a wild ride in the Northern California mountains, and it’s…

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Stories

Artist Builds Giant Buddha Snow Sculpture in Downtown Mount Shasta

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mei Drucker (@meidrucker) Snowmageddon 2021 brought plenty of snow to Mount…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Skier Injured in Large Eastern Sierra Avalanche

Aftermath of the avalanche in the Eastern Sierra. Photo: Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center The massive snowfall that hit the Mammoth…

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Weather

Satellite Images Show Insane Sierra Snowpack Increase in Just 10 Days

Snowmageddon 2021 was a fantastic week for Northern California. Precipitation fell at an incredible rate through three different storms over…

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Wildlife

Two Brand-New Siskiyou County Wolves Could Create California’s Second Wolfpack

Two Siskiyou County wolves caught on webcam It was a major milestone for wildlife conservationists in California when OR-85, a…

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Photography

The Best Sights and Scenes from Snowmageddon 2021 in Lake Tahoe

If you live in the Lake Tahoe area, you’re most likely reasonably adept at dealing with snow. Heck, that’s the…

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News

Interstate 80 Reopens Over the Snowy Sierra

It’s been a busy week for CalTrans employees attempting to keep our roadways open in the midst of Snowmageddon 2021.…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Storm Totals: Mammoth Reaches 10 Feet of New Snow

Photo by Visit Mammoth During the first 3 weeks of January, Mammoth received 3 inches of snow. Over the past…

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