California (Northern) - Lassen National Forest - Ishi, Thousand Lakes & Caribou Wilderness
These three wilderness areas make up about 80,000 acres of the Lassen National Forest in northern California. This was the ancestral home of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi Yana Indian tribe.
The Ishi is a land incised by wind and water, dotted with basaltic outcroppings, caves, and bizarre pillar lava formations. Unique to this area are the pineries-dense islands of ponderosa pine growing on terraces left after rivers cut the canyons.
Volcanic and glacial formations, rocky ravines, mountain slopes, open meadows, and stands of lodgepole pine and red fir define the Thousand Lakes Wilderness. It is dominated by 8,677-foot Crater Peak, the highest point on the Lassen National Forest, and is a reminder of the glacial action that eroded Thousand Lakes Volcano and created the many small lakes and ponds scattered throughout.
The Caribou Wilderness is 20,625 acres of gentle, rolling, forested plateaus with many forest fringed lakes. Reminders of volcanic and glacial origin can be seen throughout these wildlands. Crater peaks, cinder cones and numerous large and small depressions have become beautiful, timber-edged lakes and are scattered throughout this plateau region. The land itself is rough and broken. Caribou Peaks, Black Cinder Rock, and Red Cinder are points of interest.