My wife’s birthday gift to me is a trip to the awesome looking Shasta Trinity area staying in Dunsmuir, CA. I have been wanting to go to Northern California for a long time, where I know some of you are pretty familiar with. Its going to be November 19th-24th so I know its not necessarily the best time for mammals but I wanted to know what you think of this itinerary and if it could be improved. While we are there we are certainly going to try to see some waterfalls and scenery but I also want to try to find some mammals, especially ones like otters, beavers, mink, and porcupines(I highly doubt it). We also are interested in birds and other wildlife too.
The plan I have so far is to leave from L.A. about 9 or 10pm on Monday the 19th and drive straight to Martinez trying to get there around 4:30- 5 am Tuesday to pop in and try to find the beavers in Alhambra Creek. After that I want to go to Point Reyes, where we can go to Abbott’s lagoon near dawn and try to find the river otters that reside there. After that I was planning to head over to Tomales point trail and do some of it looking for long tailed weasels( I found 2 the last and only time I went to Point Reyes previously) and Tule Elk. After that I want to drive down L ranch road looking for bobcats and badgers. I think after that we will take the rest of the day to eat and make it to the hotel up in Dunsmuir.
Wednesday- was thinking of going to McArthur Burney falls state park, the McCloud river loop, and maybe Castle Crags State park.
Thursday- Thinking of Shasta Lake, Mossbrae falls, and maybe some driving through various spots in the Shasta/Trinity National Forest
Friday- Was thinking of leaving early to try to get to Yolo Bypass as early as possible. I saw that fairly recently people have been seeing Beaver, Otter, and Mink there. I also heard that people find bats in the bridge under the highway there but maybe in November they wouldn’t be there? After that I was thinking of maybe Grizzly Island Wildlife area if there is time and then to try to make it back to Alhambra Creek in Martinez to see the Beaver before it gets dark and then home.
If anyone has any ideas to add or replace some of these ideas I would love to hear them.