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A great way to enjoy the winter season is by exploring the local national forest on snowshoes. Photo submitted

Floating on snowshoes

A great way to enjoy the winter season is by exploring your national forest on snowshoes. Floating over the snow on snowshoes among snow-laden trees, animal tracks to follow and the quiet of a snow-hushed forest is a magical experience.

The Almanor Ranger District has begun scheduling its annual guided snowshoe tours for the season. These tours are offered to the general public, community and school groups.

Snowshoes for these tours are provided free of charge and are geared for beginners, but trekking through the now can be strenuous depending on terrain and snow conditions.

Tours take place in the surrounding Lassen National Forest, but locations vary depending on current snow conditions. A variety of topics are covered during the one- to two-hour program, including basic winter survival skills, environmental education and local history. If requested, programs can be tailored to include the California State Standards for environmental education.

All tour programs require reservations. To reserve a spot or get more information about the snowshoe program, contact Carlos Holguin, Visitor Information Services, at 258-2141 or by email at [email protected].

2018 winter snowshoe tour schedule

(Times to be announced)

Friday, Jan. 26

Friday, Feb. 9

Friday, Feb. 23

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