Just before you reach the south entrance of Lassen National Park there is the cross country ski trailhead for the McGowan Lake trail system. If you have two cars it makes a great downhill trip. Allow yourself several hours and be prepared to take care of yourself on this trail system — it is not patrolled.
Be sure to respect any and all Private Property signs you encounter.
Click here to download a map and guide to the McGowan Lake trails.