Cedar Pass Snow Park Ski Area

Unspecified • 0 mi • 320 ft

Located in the remote northeast kingdom of California is the two million-acre Modoc National Forest. Originally home to the Modoc, Northern Paiute, and Achomawi Native American tribes, the land was used by these hunter-gatherers for its abundance of resources. Trappers began exploring the region in the early 1800s, and by mid-century, emigrants detouring from the Oregon Trail had blazed the Applegate-Lassen Trail. Basque sheepherders arrived in the Surprise Valley as well, and by 1871 most of the valleys in the region were settled by non-natives. Hostilities came to a head during the Modoc War of 1872–1873. A group of Modocs, led by Captain Jack, held off a large force of Army, volunteer militia, and Indian scouts from what is now Lava Beds National Monument. The natural lava fortress called “Captain Jack’s Stronghold” sheltered 53 warriors and their families for five months before they were captured and placed on a reservation. By the end of the century, overgrazing prompted settlers to petition the U.S. Government to protect the land. In 1904, the Warner Mountain and Modoc Forest Reserves were created which in 1908 became the Modoc National Forest. Within the national forest lie the Warner Mountains that offer up a small but mighty ski area called Cedar Pass Snow Park. Though the volunteers who operate the mountain had the 1999 season off due to lack of snow, there’s no shortage of things to do when the area has coverage: quick runs with no lift lines, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, and snow play. It’s the most untamed region of California, and the wide-open spaces coupled with a lack of glitter is this area’s true gold. This eTrail contains a thorough description of the resort including driving directions, mountain statistics, trail profiles, extensive lodging & dining information, travel tips, and much more.
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Activity Type: Ski Resorts
Nearby City: Alturas
Elevation Gain: 320 feet
Trail Type: Unspecified
Skill Level: 30% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced
Season: When there's snow
Trailhead Elevation: 6,080 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Other Uses: Snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
Local Contacts: All contact information for the resort, services, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
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