Backpacking/Caribou Wilderness

The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group
The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group
Public group
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Caribou Wilderness is an area just east and adjoining Lassen National Park. The landscape is similar to Lassen (volcanic extruded rocks/numerous lakes/mixed forest/cinder cones/spectacular scenery. Access will be from the town of Chester, northeast of Chico and about a six hour drive from the Monterey peninsula.


Relatively easy backpacking trip with quite a bit of time for rest and relaxation. Great for new backpackers/those that do not like long hiking days. Trip may not be suitable to those who desire long, challenging days with minimal downtime.

30 miles plus of backpacking and day hikes over three days
Elevation change: around 1,200 feet lost and gained
Difficulty: easy to moderate backpacking (lots of level land)
Route details to follow.


Thursday: Meet in the town of Chester at the Forest Service Office around noon on Thursday. We will then caravan to the trailhead and begin our trek.

Friday and Saturday: to be determined.

Sunday: Return to trail head by noon.

Things about Caribou Wilderness:

No cost for permit
Hang food or bring bear canister
Always the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms
Most lakes swimable, some fishable
Campfires okay (unless restrictions put in place)
Rain in forecast will cancel.


To attend, please RSVP to the Waitlist. I will email with backpack questions if need be and move you to the "yes" column once you have been qualified. Will try to hold number of folks to around 10.

Regarding participating in this event, you are responsible for your own safety and attendance is at your own risk. The organizer of the event does not assume any liability. In the event of injury or illness, assistance will, of course, be provided; but you should not expect professional level first aid or rescue from the organizer or any of the other attendees.