Native plant group plans two North State outings

Feather Publishing

The Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has two more North State outings planned for August. Participants meet at the Chico park and ride west lot, but residents from other areas are welcome to arrange alternate meeting locations and times. To do so, contact the outing leader.

Bring lunch, water, sun/insect protection, hiking gear and money for ride sharing. For more information visit

Willow Lake, Lassen National Forest, and Terminal Geyser, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Sunday, Aug. 24. Meet in time to leave at 8 a.m. Participants will drive through Chester to Willow Lake. The last 9 miles is over an unimproved dirt road not suitable for low-center two-wheel-drive vehicles. Willow Lake, at 5,500 feet elevation, is a body of water called a fen. Several mats of floating sphagnum moss, a foot or more thick, support a variety of unique and interesting plant forms.

The mats are walkable, but water may cover hikers’ shoes. From Willow Lake participants hike 1.5 miles to Thermal Geyser, in a thermal area just inside Lassen Volcanic National Park. Semi-improved camping is available at Willow Lake and an improved campground is located at Domingo Springs, 7 miles from Willow Lake. Call leader Wes at 342-2293 for an alternate meeting site in Chester.

Deadfall Lakes on Mt. Eddy, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Sunday, Aug. 31.Meet in time to leave at 8 a.m. Participants will drive Interstate 5 to just past Weed and then another 13 miles on Stewart Springs Road to the trailhead. Walking an easy 2 miles to Lower Deadfall Lake at 6,300 feet elevation, leaders expect to see insectivorous pitcher plants, gentians and Lewisia. After lunch some may opt to make the short but strenuous climb to Upper Deadfall Lake at 7,100 feet elevation. Call leader Woody at 588-2555 for information about nearby campgrounds or other local accommodations.

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