Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail Ride participants snake through a narrow passage in the High Rock Canyon. Participants in the Lassen-Applegate trip will follow the original wagon trail used by pioneer Peter Lassen in 1849. Photo submitted
Wagons ho! Just imagine a sport-utility vehicle trek for the entire family that traces the same route used by 8,000 early pioneers in more than 1,500 covered wagons from 1849 to 1852 that brought a flood of immigrants to California, most of whom had the Gold Rush fever. The overland emigrant trip would take five to six months, crossing mountains, deserts, rivers and some of the most hostile country in the world.
Owners of SUVs and other four-wheel-drive vehicles can now relive the Gold Rush era as they travel the famous Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail, marveling at such sights as the beautiful Black Rock Desert, the majestic High Rock Canyon, Double Hot Springs, Soldier Meadows and so much more.