Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Carson Pass Scenic Byway

Stretching from the Sacramento Valley of California to the Carson Valley in Nevada, this 58-mile byway winds its way through the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, reaches the summit at Carson Pass, and ends up on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. One of the most visually dramatic of the trans-Sierra highways in California, you will witness views of ragged volcanic skylines, cool green meadows, mountain lakes framed by timber-covered slopes, adventure-filled rock valleys, and distant mountain peaks. Outdoor lovers can go camping, boating, or fishing at one of the many lakes and recreation areas along this route. Winter recreation is just as fantastic: try snowmobiling, sledding, cross-country or downhill skiing. Wilderness areas provide hikers and backpackers with opportunities to get close to nature and check out interpretive signage along the way.

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Carson Pass Scenic Byway

Stretching from the Sacramento Valley of California to the Carson Valley in Nevada, this 58-mile byway winds its way through the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, reaches the summit at Carson Pass, and ends up on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. One of the most visually dramatic of the trans-Sierra highways in California, you will witness views of ragged volcanic skylines, cool green meadows, mountain lakes framed by timber-covered slopes, adventure-filled rock valleys, and distant mountain peaks. Outdoor lovers can go camping, boating, or fishing at one of the many lakes and recreation areas along this route. Winter recreation is just as fantastic: try snowmobiling, sledding, cross-country or downhill skiing. Wilderness areas provide hikers and backpackers with opportunities to get close to nature and check out interpretive signage along the way.

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Cascade Creek Loop

under construction

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Cascade Falls River Access

This access is located along the Salmon River Road and leads down to Cascade Falls, a Class IV rapid during spring rafting season. Perched above the falls, this access offers an excellent view of whitewater enthusiasts enjoying the river and access to swimming.

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Cascade Head Picnic Area

Coming Soon! A beautiful picnic area off the highway with visitor information about the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

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Castle Rock Jeep #881

The Castle Rock Jeep Trail #881 begins at an intersection with Forest Service Road #814, Virginia Creek Road, and ends at the end of FSR #814. This trail completes a loop at the end of the Virginia creek road system, and provides access to aspen and spruce forest along the lower reaches of Mendicant ridge. It is an overgrown two-track with brushy sides and can have fallen logs across it.  There is one creek crossing across Doug Creek and at least one deep rocky wash across the trail.  After about 0.3 miles there is a Spur Trail #881.1B that intersects the main trail and leads to dispersed camp sites. This spur can be brushy and muddy when wet. The dispersed camping along these trails is popular during hunting season.

Geo-Ref Trail Map   Geo-Reference Instructions

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Castle Valley Ridge Trailhead

This trailhead (TH) marks the beginning of the Castle Valley Ridge Trail.

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Castle Valley Ridge Trailhead

This trailhead (TH) marks the beginning of the Castle Valley Ridge Trail.

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Castle Valley Road

Road along Castle Valley.  Provides access to Donner Lake Rim Trail, Hole in the Ground Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and the Peter Grub hut via Castle Pass and the PCT.

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Channel Marker Campsite on Grand Island

Grand Island, a Congressionally designated National Recreation Area (NRA), boasts massive 300-foot wave-cut sandstone cliffs; 13,500 acres of lush forest; beaches of fine sand; winter ice caves; and historic buildings and artifacts dating back as far as 2,000 BC, to name just a few of its highlights! The island's scenic natural beauty and interesting history make it an attractive place for camping and other outdoor activities.

This site is hike in, bike in or boat in only. Public vehicles are not allowed on the Island. This campsite is located on the southwest tip of Grand Island near Merchandise Beach. The site is in close proximity (1/2 mile) to William's Landing (ferry service arrival point, water, and visitor information center). The site can accommodate up to 6 people. A primitive latrine, food storage pole, fire ring and benches are provided in/near the campsite. Channel Marker can be accessed either by the island's trail system or by water. Kayakers can access this site via the unnamed beach approximately 0.5 mile west of William's Landing. Leave your kayak on the beach, and walk approximately 100 ft. inland to the campsite.

Drinking water is available at Williams Landing, Juniper Flats, Farrell Cottage and Murray Bay Day Use Area. If traveling elsewhere on the island, bring water with you or filter/boil/treat surface water. Keep soaps and detergents out of lakes and streams. Wash dishes and clothes in a pot and dispose of the waste water in a hole at least 100 feet from the nearest water supply. Bathe in a similar manner.

There are no supplies available on the Island.  There are also no trash cans on the Island. Be prepared to pack in and pack out everything you need.

Black bears live on this island. Information is available at the Ranger District on how to prevent and survive bear encounters. Be prepared to store your food and all consumable and scented items, including trash, on the bear pole at the site. Never leave food unattended in campsite.

The mosquitoes and black flies can be very bad from Mid-May to mid-July. Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellant and even a head net during those months. Avoid climbing on or standing along the sandstone cliffs. The sandstone is very fragile and may not support your weight.

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