Thursday - Sunday
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
Two wildfires are causing heavy potential impacts for visitors traveling to several state parks in the Cascade region. The Lava Fire located near Mt. Shasta, north of Castle Crags State Park continues to burn, potentially causing increased community evacuations and bad air quality. The Salt Fire, south of Castle Crags and just north of Lake Shasta continues to spread, causing intermittent closures of Interstate 5. Both fires have the potential to cause park closures at any time. These Interstate 5 closures will create extensive travel delays to both Castle Crags State Park and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park as Highway 89 become the only detour for all north and south Interstate traffic. Please also be aware of poor air quality at these state parks and others in the cascade region including Shasta State Historic Park, and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park.
For the latest information on Caltrans road closures, go to: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
For the latest information on the wildfires:
What is open now?
- The Exterior grounds are open to the public.
What is currently closed?
- The Temple and Visitors center are closed to the public.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds
The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.
In an effort to preserve this important part of California's Chinese tradition, the temple became a part of the California State Park System in 1956. Many of the historical objects have been restored and the structure itself stabilized. In addition to the temple equipment, park visitors will see Chinese art objects, pictures, mining tools, and wrought iron weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.
The Temple is located in the heart of Weaverville,
a small community near the Trinity Alps on Highway
299 about fifty miles west of Redding and about
105 miles east of Eureka. Weaver Creek runs nearby
and locust trees complete the rural setting.
Weaverville Latitude/Longitude: 40.7311 / -122.9408
Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.