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Redding/Lassen Volcanic National Park - October 8/9, 2016




Saturday - October 8, 2016 - Redding

Meet: 9:30 AM

Peet's Coffee & Tea
1671 E Monte Vista Rd, Vacaville

From here we’ll motor up to Redding via 505 & I-5.

Lunch: TBD

After Lunch we’ll visit:
844 Sundial Bridge Drive
Redding, California 96001
Park Admission
Includes admission to the Museum, Forest Camp, Parrot Playhouse, and Botanical Gardens.
  • Adult (16+) $16*
  • Child (4-15) $12
  • Seniors (65+) $12
  • Members and Children 3 & under Free

*Bring a new or gently used book and you can get $2 off admission.

Enjoy the bridge and park as long as you want.  It closes at 4pm.  Check in to hotel and we’ll see you later in evening.


Movie Night at Benton Airpark - We’ll see “The Italian Job” in a airplane hanger.

Admission: $5
Times: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Benton Airpark
2600 Gold St, Redding, CA 96001

Enjoy FREE POPCORN. Beer, wine, and soda available for sale!  Bring your own food or pitch in an additional $5 bucks per person for pizza delivery from Westside Pizza.  

Sunday - October 9th - Lassen Volcanic National Park


Eat at your hotel or elsewhere before meeting for departure to park.

8am Departure for:

We’ll head to Lassen via Hwy 44 then 89, then 36 to Red Bluff before heading home. The drive through the park takes about two hours (with stops) from the Manzanita Lake entrance (Hwy 44) to the Hwy 36 entrance.   

Park Admission:
Vehicle Pass $20

Free for those of us with a Senior Pass - don’t forget to bring it!

Audio Tour:
The park offers an audio tour that corresponds to each of 16 markers along the park's 30-mile highway. You’ll need to download the files before you get to the park if you’d like to have this as part of your drive.   See this page for the audio files:

Pets in the Park:
Where may I go with my pet?
A good rule of thumb is that a pet may go anywhere a car may go: roads and road shoulders (not snow-covered), campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots.
Where are pets not allowed?
Pets are not permitted on any hiking trail, in the park backcountry (including snow-covered roads or trails), in any body of water, or inside visitor centers or other park facilities.

You can bring your own, or purchase from the  Lassen Cafe & Gift or the Manzanita Lake Camper Store.

We’ll have lunch together.  After lunch, those who want to go to Bumpass Hell, will go do the hike and those that aren’t up to it can make their way home.

Bumpass Hell trail is a rewarding way to experience the park's largest hydrothermal (hot water) area. This moderate three mile round-trip hike leads to a boardwalk where you can listen to belching mudpots, watch as steam escapes from Big Boiler fumarole, and marvel at bubbling and boiling pools.

Start: Bumpass Hell parking lot
Round Trip Distance: 3 miles
Round Trip Time: 2 hours
Terrain: easy 300 foot descent
Elevation: 8000 feet

The Trail: The trail is quite easy, though the altitude (8,000 feet) can make the trail seem moderately difficult. Hiking boots are recommended as the trail crosses generally rocky land with some tree cover, and without much change in elevation until the 100 foot drop into the thermally active basin. The active area can be seen (and smelt!) from far away - a wide basin filled with various steaming pools and unusual multi-colored soils, stained orange, brown, yellow and green by sulphur and other minerals. Together with the occasional white snow patches, the (usually) deep blue sky and the aquamarine waters, the spectacle is extremely beautiful and colourful.


Hotel Suggestions:

5164 Caterpillar Road
Redding, CA 960003               
Standard Rate: $127 pre-paid
Free Breakfast
Pets welcomed                                                       
2180 Hilltop Dr, Redding,CA 96002
Rates start at $72.00, lower with AAA or AARP, etc.
Non-smoking hotel
Free Breakfast
Pets welcomed

There are other hotels in the area, if you prefer a particular brand.

Collecting your ideas for motoring in 2017

Where should NorCal MINIS motor next year? Submit your idea(s) for a day trip to a point of interest or a weekend getaway. Some ideas already collected: Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Castello di Amorosa in Napa, Point Sur Lighthouse (since we missed it this year due to a fire). Send us an email with your idea(s) by September 1, 2016.

On September 25th, members will get together in the Monterey area for a run. A meeting will be held to elect the next leaders and runs for 2017. A ballot will be emailed to current members to vote online or in-person at the annual Members Meeting.