To travel interstate 5, especially this part of interstate 5, it’s a good idea to bring along a CB radio. With the exception of the brief ‘Breaker! Breaker!’ craze in the ‘70’s when verbal spam filled its bandwidth, the media has returned to the trucker twitter it was before. Good info on speed traps, accidents, etc. in the immediate area can really be helpful. As a rough rule, you’ll find north-south truckers using channel 17, and east-west using 19. It can sometimes be entertaining as well, like the case around here in the Dunsmuir pass area where a woman held court over the air at all hours for as long as this traveler can remember passing this stretch. In fact, when camping at
It’s a short hike from the campground to the vista point to view the Castle Crags…and the view is spectacular. Watching a sunset there is a lifetime memory.
“Tis midnight now. The bend and broken moon, batter'd and black, as from a thousand battles, hangs silent on the purple walls of Heaven.” – Joaquin Miller
Joaquin Miller was often considered a hack and exploiter by contemporaries, but one enduring facet was his sensitivity to first nation people. Over in
So what was this battle about? Young Joaquin Miller’s friend, Mountain Joe deBondy had the trading post in this pass and in order to drum up business he conjured up the story that the fabled Lost Cabin Mine was in these parts. That brought gold seekers by the hundreds and among many other intrusions, their placer mining techniques turned the river to mud killing the salmon run. The Indians responded in a battle that was the last known in which Native Americans fought only with bow and arrow and spear. They took heavy casualties.
Battle Rock can be seen from interstate 5.
Plaque inscription: NO. 116
Location: On lawn at entrance station,
Google maps: 41.148333,-122.321262