Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce

Snowmobile & Winter Events

The Lake Almanor Basin is host to several annual winter and snowmobile events:

Chilly Chili Cook-Off

An event each Martin Luther King Weekend, the Chilly Chili Cook-Off is a crowd pleaser drawing Chili Chef's from across Northern California. For information about next year's event visit the Chili Cook Off site.

Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run

The Annual Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run, is sponsored by the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club and takes place each year in February. The event trails run long the beautifully groomed trails of Lassen Forest and is an event for the whole family. For information on this year's event visit our Calendar of Events and the Snowmobile Club's site.

Sierra Nevada Dog Sled Races

The Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers bring their teams and mushers to the Almanor Basin each year for a great weekend of trail racing and fun. For information on this year's event and other events of SNDD visit our Calendar of Events and the SNDD site.

Guided Snowshoe Walks in Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Forest

Park and Forest Service Rangers host guided snowshoe walks throughout the winter season. For information, regarding these walks, contact the Chamber, or visit LVNP and Lassen Forest web sites.

Lassen National Forest

The Lassen National Forest is host to 459 miles of designated snowmobile trails, the most groomed trails in California.

Grooming & Trail Reports

Click on USFS Home Page below, see Winter Trail Grooming Report in Quick Links on right.

Staging Areas

Near Chester are five staging areas: Chester-Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park, Swain Mountain, Morgan Summit, Jonesville, and Fredonyer which lead to many miles of both groomed and ungroomed trails. A lesser maintained trailhead begins at the boat launch just north of Canyon Dam and continues across to the west side of Highway 89. Another popular area off Highway 89 is Humboldt Road, which offers access to a trail leading to restaurants and lodges along Highway 36 west of Chester