Mountains of Northern California / NorCal Mountain
- Shasta Trinity Map
- Middle Eel Wilderness Map
- Mount Shasta / Castle Crags Map
- Mount Shasta Wilderness Trail Map
- Snow Mountain Wilderness Map
- Trinity Alps Wilderness Map
- Yolla Bolly Wilderness Map
Northern California’s forgotten northeast corner, very rural Modoc County holds the annual Alturas Hot Air Balloon Festival. Migrating birds are also part of the celebration. Colorful hot air balloons lift off from Sharp’s Field at the end of East 4th Street, and they fill the early morning skies around Alturas with a breathtaking aerial splendor.
Annual event; September
Wide open spaces, mountains, rivers and ranch lands. The very last of the unexplored high country of California. Rural and rustic regions are full of forested mountain ranges with sage brush meadows lying below. Valleys are high elevation deserts with a base terrain sitting above 4000′; Peaks @ 8000′ above sea level.
South Warner Wilderness is in the southern portion of the Warner Mountains, a north south positioned range, located in the top corner of the golden state. Surprise Valley lies to the east, bordering the Nevada state line and Alturas w/ US Hwy 395 on the west side.
California SR 299
Hwy 299, the only paved thoroughfare cuts right through the middle of the Warner Mountains. Paved Parker Creek Road #56 climbs up Parker Creek from Alturas, accessing camping, hiking, dirt back roads and wilderness trailheads. Warner Mountains State Game Refuge is north of the wilderness area.
One dirt route skirts the wilderness boundary – West Warner Road #5, which leads from Parker Creek due south to Jess Valley Rd #64. Blue Lake Road, Patterson Mill and Road #39N15 are nearest to East Creek. Winter driving tips from NFS.
All these campgrounds listed can be accessed by a vehicle, most by dirt back roads. If you prefer to drive on paved roads only, then you’ll need to choose Blue Lake or Mill Creek Falls. Deep snow closes forest roads and campgrounds are generally only open a few months per year, from May to October.
Wilderness permits can be obtained at local ranger station:
Modoc National Forest
225 West 8th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
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