Cohassett Rd

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Cohassett Rd starts in Chico CA in Butte county. Take the Cohassett Rd exit off HWY 99 and head north. It will take you out of town. Follow it for 16 miles until the pavement ends. It is well graveled for a few miles and then the gravel disappears and reappears sporadically. The road will ascend through several mud holes that are never more than two feet deep in water. These areas are traversable in a stock 4WD high clearance vehicle. At about 4,000 feet elevation, the road will descend into Deer Creek canyon. About half way down there is a scenic view atop a basalt rock formation that you can park on that has a good view of Devils Kitchen that includes lava spires from the eruption of Mt Lassen. There are no markers to indicate that the road has turned into Ponderosa Way, an old road that used to traverse the length of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is one of the longest sections of the road. There is a nice place to camp at Deer Creek at the bottom. This is not an official campground. The road continues on to the next canyon and skirts the Ishi Wilderness area. At the bottom of the next canyon is Mill Creek and Mill Creek Campground. For the intrepid, the road continues on for another forty miles to Hwy 36, but most stop at Mill Creek and return. Part of this road is also short section of the Historic Lassen Trail

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