Tour Categories Hiking/Backpacking


There’s no better way to enjoy the “backcountry” of  Tehama Country than by lacing up your boots and finding your way through hundreds of square miles of wilderness. From ancient Native American trails along the Sacramento River, to the wonders of Lassen Volcanic National Park, you’re sure to “Reach Your Peak” in Tehama Country.


The Visitor Center offers a variety of resources to support your Tehama Country experience, including maps, shuttle service and staff with personal experience to help develop and customize your visit.


Cinder Cone – Lassen Volcanic National Park

This challenging trail allows visitors to experience the power of the Cinder Cone Volcano firsthand! The sandy trail climbs gently at first, bordered by woodlands on the right and the Cinder Cone’s lava flow on the left. The trail steepens as the Cinder Cone comes into view. At 1.2 miles, the trail reaches a fork […]


Lassen Peak Trail – Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Lassen Peak trail offers hikers the opportunity to climb to the top of one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. The trail climbs through twisted mountain hemlock, white back pine trees, and sand like cinders. As the trees thin, the vistas appear; the trail steepens into a series of switchbacks along […]


Bumpass Hell – Lassen Volcanic National Park

Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park and was named after an early settler severely burned a leg after falling into a boiling pool! The trail is quite easy, although the altitude at 8,000 feet can make the trail seem moderately difficult. The well marked 1.5 mile trail will make […]


Yana Trail

The Yana trail is an eight-mile long trail crossing riparian zones, rolling blue oak savannah, and lava rock canyons, offering dramatic views of the Sacramento River and the surrounding landforms. Wildflowers are spectacular in this area in the spring.     For more information and trail head maps, visit


Iron Canyon Trail

The Iron Canyon Trail is a fun 4.5 mile trail that allows explorers a view of the river bend high above the canyon with very little climbing. It’s mostly single track with short sections of dirt road. Plenty of lava rock!     For more information, visit

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Hog Lake/Vista Trail

The Hog Lake Plateau Trail and Vista Trail offer spectacular wide open views of spring wildflowers. The vista trail has breath taking views of the Sacramento River or you can take a panoramic survey of the surrounding valley.     For more information, visit


Paynes Creek Wetland Trail

The Paynes Creek Wetland trail system will lead you through an ideal location for bird watching. Trail heads for the wetlands are located at the Bass Pond, the east side of the wetlands, and at Paynes Creek Crossing.       For more information, visit


Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is a beautiful oak woodland park nestled along the Sacramento River between Chico and Red Bluff. Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, and the Trinity Alps loom in the distance. A boat launch ramp located across the road in the county park makes for easy access to the river for those who […]


Bend Recreation Area

The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) is a valuable historic and natural resource that presents many recreational and educational opportunities. From the lush riparian areas surrounding the Sacramento River and it’s tributaries to the expanse of the rolling hills of blue oak savannah, the Sacramento River Bend ONA offers diverse habitat for bald […]


Backpacking – Lassen Volcanic National Park

Backpacking is an excellent way to enjoy the lesser known areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The majority of the trips occur in the east side of the pack, where numerous trail loops provide opportunities for single night to week-long trips. A wilderness camping permit is required, but is easily obtained in a variety of […]