Cedar Pass-Fandango Pass Scenic Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This eighty-one-mile drive loops over the Warner Mountains via Cedar and Fandango passes in northeastern California, passing ranch lands, rugged mountain scenery, a dried alkali lake bed, and Goose Lake. Northeastern California is a remote, hidden land, a place of broad volcanic plateaus, barren lava, cinder hills, fault-block mountains, wide valleys, and trickling creeks. The unpopulated region of California’s outback forms a boundary between the state’s fertile interior valleys and lush coastal ranges and the arid Great Basin Desert in Nevada. The area encompasses two of the state’s geomorphic provinces—the Modoc Plateau, part of the greater Columbia Plateau, and the Basin and Range province. This eighty-one-mile scenic drive explores the austere region’s diversity, climbing over two passes in the Warner Mountains, traversing Surprise Valley, and passing Goose Lake. The drive offers stunning views—lofty mountains fringed with snow cornices, watery mirages that dance over desiccated lake beds, the dull-gray sheen of sagebrush blanketing rounded ridges and hillocks, and distant peaks that gleam with snow like alabaster towers. Special attractions: Warner Mountains, Goose Lake, Cedar Pass, Fandango Pass, Cedarville, Modoc National Forest, hiking, camping, and panoramic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."