Lassen Trail (Goose Lake to Nobles Trail)

The Lassen Trail is described (along with the Burnett Cutoff) in a Trails West guidebook which may be available for purchase in the CTIC gift shop or you can purchase it directly from Trails West on their website.

Marker L-1 / A-33


TOOK OFF ON LASSENS TRAIL

"At or near the south end of the lake [Goose Lake] we left the Oregon road [Applegate Trail] and took off on Lassens Trail which was so faint that it was difficult to follow." - Royal Tyler Sprague, August 23, 1849


Marker A-33 from the Applegate Trail is on the reverse side of this marker. There is also an Applegate Trial marker about Davis Creek located on the other (west) side of the church/post office here.

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JOSEPH CREEK

"The road passed over a low divide or ridge from which the waters fall off south. We camped on the first cr. coming down from the left" - Elijah Preston Howell, September 5, 1849

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CONICAL ROCKS

"Striking the river this morning I noticed a cluster of singular shaped rocks sticking up in spires of a conical shape 20 to 30 feet hight" - Andrew Lopp Murphy, September 26, 1849

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BLUFF ROUTE

"Ascended the Cliff-hills, on top a notice, in a cleft stick: 'Beware of Indians, they have shot several animals & wounded a man just below this'" - J. Goldsborough Bruff, October 6, 1849


Bruff's handwritten notes, on which his published diaries are based, are available for view and download in the Beinecke collection of Yale University.

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PIT RIVER FORD

"We crossed the creek here running between high banks, and drove a short distance down the north west side and encamped" - Elijah Preston Howell, September 6, 1849

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RATTLESNAKE CREEK

"Where we camped was an Indian fish trap. They make a dam ... and in the middle ... put a large willow basket neatly made, and drive the fish into it" - Henry St. Clair, September 6, 1849

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WARM SPRINGS VALLEY

"At the left is a level, covered entirely with coarse grass ... east are some isolated ragged rocks. South is a large, rough, square looking mass" - Israel Lord, October 6, 1849

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RATTLESNAKE BUTTE

"A few hundred yards N.W. of our camp, a tall, symetrical butte, or isolated mountain, rises from the level plain, like a tent." - J. Boldsborough Bruff, October 6, 1849


Bruff's handwritten notes, on which his published diaries are based, are available for view and download in the Beinecke collection of Yale University.

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PIT RIVER

"We now call this cr. a river, but we do not know what it is. We begin to hear ... that we are near the Sacramento Valley" - Elijah Preston Howell, September 8, 1849

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FOOT WEAR

"My shoes are giving out and I have no others. Left one of them and the other is barely on... at our noon camp I made some moccasins of cloth" - Joseph Stuart, September 28, 1849

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PIT RIVER CANYON

"We were obliged to cross the stream quite a number of times, in consequence of the canons of rock which confine it to a narrow bed" - Amos Batchelder, September 29, 1849

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GAME PITS

"The Indians dug pits along here so that it is dangerous to ride along the banks ... the game stumble in them. This is what give it the name Pit River" - Jonas Hittle, September 8, 1849

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ROAD FROM OREGON

"Today about noon we found the road leading from Oregon to California [Burnett Cutoff] here our course ... turned a south east course and in the evening we met a train returning from the mines to Oregon" - Alexander Ramsay, August 29, 1849


Marker BC-13 (part of the Burnett Cutoff) is also on this marker post. Use the button below to go to the Burnett Cutoff.

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BIG VALLEY

"Our road [came] out into Round Valley, a beautiful spot, where the grass was truly luxuriant, with its vista of snowy mountains far in the distance" - Samuel McCoy, October 1, 1849


Part of McCoy's printed diary can be downloaded from the OCTA collection, but it only goes through August 2 (western Wyoming).

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FORK IN ROAD

"We here leave the river it forks one road crossing the river to the right the other keeping to the left over the hill ... we took the shorter left hand road & the roughest & rockyest road I ever traveled" - Stillman Churchill, September 16, 1849


Churchill's handwritten diary can be viewed and downloaded from the Brigham Young University website.

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WEST BRANCH

"Crossed the river again, and immediately left it ... roads pretty good for 5 miles, and then rough and rocky" - Isaac Foster, September 18, 1849

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WEST BRANCH

"Followed a small brook of water [Bob's Creek] ... halted at 12 o clk on a spot of very good bunch grass under shade of pines - no water near had quite a muss with our fire" - Moses F. Little, September 19, 1849

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WILLOW SPRINGS ON WEST BRANCH

"We have had very rough rocky roads to day, ... we came to a spring to the right of the road. Here we watered our cattle and put in cooking water" - James S. Tolles, September 29, 1849


Tolles' diary can be downloaded from the Brigham Young University website. However, the September portion of the diary is missing from this document.

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EAST BRANCH

"Over a barren plain all stoney ... with my poor blistered feet, weary limbs, with my knapsack on my back. Such a rough steep ... road I never travelled" - J. Middleton, October 20, 1849

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EAST BRANCH

"Descended a steep rocky hill and crossed a creek of good water. The bank quite steep and some had to double teams to get up" - Andrew Lopp Murphy, October 4, 1849

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LITTLE VALLEY ON EAST BRANCH

"Winding our way ... around, and over mountains, we descended into a deep valley and encamped on a small stream that runs through it to the west" - Amos Batchelder, October 2, 1849

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EAST BRANCH

"Moved off [from Little Valley] at our usual time after going about 2 miles we came to a teririble hill [high rocky rim directly west] most of the [wagon] teams had to double [their oxen]" - Henry Austin, October 11, 1849

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EAST & WEST BRANCHES REJOINED

"We came [on West Branch] to the junction of the roads which separated at the lower end of Round [Big] Valey, left hand road [East Branch] ... nearer but much the worst so report sais. I don't believe it possible." - Simon Doyle, September 30, 1849

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COMBINED EAST & WEST BRANCHES

"The mule fell down this morning & afterwards I could not get him a long & had to get off & strike him many times before he would start. Finding no grass here, we went on again & found a little grass but no water." - Pardon Dexter Tiffany, October 2, 1849

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COTILLION

"The boys got a fiddle and a flute going and raised a regular stampede. They called it dancing cotillions. A strange place for a dance" - Israel Lord, October 12, 1849

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TEA TIME

"Made some tea and chewed a morsel of jerked beef ... and then retired on the bare ground under a large pine with my double blanket over me" - J. Middleton, October 20, 1849

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WEARY CAMP

"We encamped in a small bottom, with but little grass and no water, and went to bed supperless and weary" - B. R. Biddle, September 1, 1849


Biddle's diary can be viewed on Don Duncan's website.

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VALLEY OF SPRINGS

"We came to a large bottom, where there was an abundance of grass and pure cold water. Cheered and animated by this good luck, we encamped" - B. R. Biddle, September 2, 1849


Biddle's diary can be viewed on Don Duncan's website.

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VALLEY OF SICKNESS

"A large number of wagons are stopping here on account of sickness ... and several deaths have occurred. We noticed five or six graves nearby" - Amos Batchelder, October 3, 1849

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CHICKEN VENTURE

"[Here] was an ox-wagon to which was attached a large hen coop full of chickens and roosters. [The owner] intending a grand speculation in California" - J.G. Bruff, October 13, 1849


Bruff's handwritten notes, on which his published diaries are based, are available for view and download in the Beinecke collection of Yale University.

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PINE CREEK VALLEY

"We got into camp by moonlight - a stream of excellent water near. ... we found encamped near two men who were almost dead with the scurvy" - James Pratt, October 26, 1849


This post also has Marker N-33 from the Nobles Trail. Use the button below to go to that route.

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TO FEATHER LAKE

"The road this morning led across the [Pine Creek] valley a S.E. course 2 miles. Rocky in places then through scattering pine 2 miles to Feather Lake. A small lake to the left." - Andrew Lopp Murphy, October 8, 1849


This post also has Marker N-32 from the Nobles Trail. Use the button below to go to that route.