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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.
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Carver's Gap Explore the high mountain balds from this gap at Roan Mountain. Step onto the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from this site or continue a few short yards up the mountain and across the state line into North Carolina and the Rhododendron Gardens area.
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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 Pass #441 The Castle Creek Trail #441 begins at the intersection with the Low Line Trail #438 and ends at the intersection with the Cliff Creek Trail #840.
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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.  There are several dispersed campsites along the trail.  It is an overgrown two-track with brushy sides and often has 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.
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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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Catherine Creek Loop This 1.9 mile loop, northeast of the Catherine Creek Trailhead, offers spectacular wildflower viewing during the spring. 
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