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Aug 15th, 2011, 05:53 AM
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Lassen to Klamath Falls - CA89/I-5/US97 or CA299/139?

Quick question for those familiar with this area. Will be driving from Lassen Volcanic Natl'l Park to Klamath Falls, OR. Both routes are about same distance. I know the 89/5/97 route will go right past Mt. Shasta, which I would love to see; but is there any strong reason to take the more interior route of 299/139?

We won't have time to stop for anything, just taking the scenery in from the car.

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Aug 15th, 2011, 08:03 AM
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The 89 route through McCloud is much more scenic. The sun will be behind you in the morning so your pics of Mt. Shasta will be better. There are 2 pulloffs on US 97 to take pictures of the north side of the mountain.
What brings you to K-Falls? Try to find the time to make it around Crater Lake. IMHO it is a lot nicer than Lassen.
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Aug 15th, 2011, 08:24 AM
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For a slightly different experience, assuming that you are willing to drive on dirt roads, Google map your two end destinations and add Medicine Lake in between. It will provide a fascinating drive through lava fields.
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Aug 16th, 2011, 03:39 PM
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Thanks for the input. We'll be visiting Crate Lake after Lassen, and overnighting at Klamath Falls. Hence the question about the routing. It'll be in a rental car, and I'd avoid unpaved road as much as possible.
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Aug 16th, 2011, 07:03 PM
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I really loved Lassen and there is really a lot more to do there than Crater Lake. However, Crater Lake does provide more shock and awe.

If you could work in a couple of hours to Burney Falls, I think it is probably the most underrated waterfall in America. It is a very pretty one and one that you can get up and personal with. I would rank it just behind a couple of the falls in Yosemite.
The falls are at McArthur/Burney State Park
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Aug 16th, 2011, 07:34 PM
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Klamath Falls is not much of a destination when compared to Ashland and Medford. There is a great Inn/hotel in Prospect as well.
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Aug 28th, 2011, 10:44 PM
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Did stop by Burney Falls and did the Falls Loop Trail. Enjoyed it. Also stopped for pictures at the railroad bridge over Lake Britton - the one in "Stand By Me". Too bad the tracks had been torn up.
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