Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Modoc County

Point of Historic Interest: Burnett Cutoff Trail

Point of Historic Interest: Burnett Cutoff Trail

17 October 2016
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Point of Historic Interest
Burnett Cutoff Trail
State Route 139

The marker reads:

Burnett Cutoff
Associated With the California Trail
National Historic Trail System

This trail was blazed by Peter Burnett in 1848 from Oregon City, Oregon Territory to the California gold fields. The route followed the Applegate Trail south and eastward to Tule Lake. It then struck southward probably following an earlier trail used by John C. Frémont. Burnett's original party consisted of 50 wagons and about 150 men. Traces of the route are still visible about 300 feet behind this sign.

Modoc National Forest

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