April 9, 2020

California Road Trip 2019 - Dunsmuir

Sunday and Monday, October 13-14, 2019
Lassen Volcanic National Park to Dunsmuir, CA
Railroad Park Resort
Site #20
Elevation: 2,290
Distance: 109 miles
Duration: 5 nights
Cost: $40.70/per night

Brrrr! It was very cold when we woke up and since the heater wouldn't ignite, we decided to pack up and leave once we'd had our coffee. We were on the road before 9:00 and got to Redding an hour later. We had planned to get gas at Costco, but this was the first location we'd encountered that didn't sell gas. We eventually found a gas station, got groceries and ate our breakfast in the RV before heading up I-5 to Dunsmuir. We had lunch at Yaks where the burgers were decent, but the sticky buns were outstanding! They gave us samples while we waited for our food, so of course we got a couple to take with us for later.

We found our campground without any problems and were very pleased with the surroundings. There were plenty of trees and the view of Castle Crags was stunning. The park has restored railroad cars to rent overnight, as well as two dozen RV sites and two dozen tent sites. Other than a little road noise at night, it was very peaceful.

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Mount Shasta

(Toasted Coconut Chocolate Porter)

Avocado Cheeseburger and Tots

Castle Crags

Railroad RV Park offers full hookups with level pull-through and back-in sites, each equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. We had access to free WiFi, as well as decent cell coverage. The restrooms (with free showers) are a bit on the rustic side, but they were clean, as was the laundry room. The resort has a dining room, bar, gift shop, pool and hot tub. We enjoyed our first two days so well, we decided to extend our stay two more nights.


  1. A road trip sounds so wonderful right now.

    1. Kathy, it really does! We would've been in California right now, heading to L.A. & San Diego for two family gatherings, had it not been for the pandemic. But, there are worse places to shelter in place than our home on the Oregon coast. We'll get back to traveling when it's safe, but for now, I can catch up on some of last year's travel posts.

  2. That looks like a fun place and I love the mountain views. Not sure we'll get to see mountain views this year...sigh. Ah well. Did you get a look inside those railroad cars? Those look like an interesting overnight spot.

    1. Kay, there's nothing quite like mountains and pine trees, is there? I'm sorry you won't get to see any this year. No, we didn't peek inside the train cars, but I'll bet they're pretty nice. Kind of like tiny homes.

  3. We've enjoyed some fun hikes at Castle Craigs! It's an easy drive from Ashland. That looks like a really sweet RV park.

    1. Laurel, we met some folks who have hiked the Castle Crags and I can imagine how beautiful the views must be from up there. We hope to get back to Dunsmuir and Hornbrook. We really enjoyed both areas. Someday...


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