Virtual Guidebook to Lassen Volcanic Park and the Modoc Plateau
East of the Lava Beds
Modoc County California


Most of Modoc County is coverd with black basalt lava flows and associated features. East of Lava Beds National Monument the flows are generally older and vegetated, forests of Jeffrey pine alternating with grassy seasonal lakes. This is wide open sparsely populated country, hot in summer and bitter cold in winter.



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Irrigated fields of grain and hay at Dry Lake, scene of a battle in th Modoc Indian War

(July 20, 2011)


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Fifteen years after a forest fire new trees are beginning to take over from grass and shrubs

(July 20, 2011)


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Shallow seasonal lakes that become summer grasslands are common on the Modoc Plateau

(July 20, 2011)


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