Ahjumawi Lava Springs Park

McArthur, California

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Within sight of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta, these remote waters offer fine camping on some of the world’s largest spring systems. Tucked into the far northeast corner of Shasta County, Ahjumawi sounds like paradise revisited. The state parks brochure calls Ahjumawi “a place of exceptional, even primeval beauty.” Lava beds collect and store snowmelt for summer-long release to many crystalline springs feeding Big Lake, Horr Pond, Ja She Creek, and the Tule Rivers. Ahjumawi is a wonderful place to hike, view wildlife, fish, and explore by paddle and foot.
Paddling Northern California

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Paddling Northern California

by Charlie Pike (Falcon Guides)

Within sight of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta, these remote waters offer fine camping on some of the world’s largest spring systems. Tucked into the far northeast corner of Shasta County, Ahjumawi sounds like paradise revisited. The state parks brochure calls Ahjumawi “a place of exceptional, even primeval beauty.” Lava beds collect and store snowmelt for summer-long release to many crystalline springs feeding Big Lake, Horr Pond, Ja She Creek, and the Tule Rivers. Ahjumawi is a wonderful place to hike, view wildlife, fish, and explore by paddle and foot.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing, Hiking
Nearby City: McArthur
Length: 13
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best summer and autumn
Trailhead Elevation: 3,300 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Maps: USGS Falls River Mills, Timbered Crater
Topo Map: Ahjumawi Lava Springs Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: Paddling Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/30/2004

We put in at Rat Farm Rd., and paddled about 3 1/2 miles to Ja She Creek and camped there for the week. Took a lot of side trips -- hiking on the spatter cone trail (bring water!), paddling up the Tule River, and up to Big Lake. There are no motor boats allowed in Horr Pond, but they are allowed in Big Lake and the other areas, though the launch area is quite small, so unless they're coming up from the Fall River, it's mostly small fishing skiffs and motorized canoes. The water is beautiful, the views unbelievable, and the birdlife fabulous. There's an amazing variety of dragonflies too, which will clue you in to the fact that if you don't bring bug dope you will be eaten alive by the mosquitoes. This is a terrific way to get some almost wilderness paddling and camping in without having too much experience. We celebrated my son's 9th birthday with his fist solo paddling and a dutch oven baked birthday cake. Couldn't ask for more! Oh... one tip... the levee boundary around Ja She Creek shown on the topo maps is broken, so what appears to be land is really now water. We kind of got a bit lost on the way out. This was more than made up for by all the Grebe nests floating in the tules. We even saw a tundra swan there out of season (really!)

7/22/2003

We saw this State Park on the map and noted that it was only accessible by boat, but the trails through it looked very interesting. The boat launch area is down dirt roads best in dry weather. We had only a 3 man inflatable raft but that was adequate to get us around Big Lake and into the area called Harr Pond. We never did find a landing spot so before you head out to explore both water AND land, be sure you know where you can put in. Paddling aound the lake was enough to make it worthwhile. The bird life was incredible out there. We watch a Great Blue Heron repeatedly fish for food.

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