Exploring Bray and Tennant,Ca~ Giddy, Giddy Gulch- Mount Shasta

Finally sunshine is here and it looks it’s here to stay…for awhile!

Bray, California

I took a drive up Hwy 97 to Butte Valley on Thursday to check out two small towns practically off the grid-Bray and Tennant. It’s like going back in time. I found some very interesting places.

Orr Lake

This hidden jewel is located in Bray. It’s down a 1.8 mile well-graded dirt road. There are campsites and a picnic area there.

Tennant, California

Population 63 from 2000 Census. I bet this building has seen some action. There’s lots of work going on right now on the main street with the district water system upgrade going on.

Aspen Groves

Goosenest Adaptive Management Area is a Aspen Restoration Site managed by the Klamath National Forest. Aspen is a valuable ecological component of the forest ecosystem. It is very limited locally compared to other places. Isolated stands such as this one provide very important habitat for numerous species of wildlife including birds and mammals.

Skinning Up Giddy Giddy Gulch

This morning (Friday) we decided to head up Giddy Giddy Gulch.

Top of Giddy Giddy Gulch at the Saddle

We skied down from here-1:00 p.m.

Yum, yum...

Stayed on the north aspect. Looks like temps are going to WARM up this weekend.

Bunny Flat Parking Lot

Parking is already down the road from Bunny Flat. It’s going to be a busy weekend up here in SHASTALAND!

Happy Climbing, Skiing and Having Fun!


  1. Had to comment on the Tennant Store and you are right, the building has seen some action and I was part of it and lived in Tennant from 1976 to 1978. Drank alot of beer and coffee too plus ate some logger style pancakes back in my younger logging days. But, that store has plenty of action before my times too!

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  3. lenny frasure says:

    My mom and her family were raised in Tennant from the mid 30s. There were seven kids all raised there and graduated from school. Their name was Fine. I left there in 1951 when Long-Bell Lumber Co., closed down. The town essentially became almost deserted except for the annual Tennant Reunion. Most of the fam. has passed now; although mom is now 88 yrs. old. Good memories and wonderful stories from them growing in a Walton’s Mtn. environment. I remember my dad and uncle getting liquored up at the dance hall and bar in Bray.
    Good stuff. A step back in time. Thank you very much.

  4. lenny frasure says:

    My uncle later bought one of the houses as Tennant emerged into a destination place. We buried uncle Jack in the Tennant cemetary three years ago. It was a trip down memory lane to drive the streets and pick out our old house and name those who used to live in the various places. I’m sure people thought we were casing the joint. I brought home a shingle from the school house for my mom along with several pics. Most have done a good job as far as maintaining and restoring the homes.
    As a little boy I can remember shopping at the company story and my grandpa whitttling each afternoon on the step of the Tennant store. Grandma worked in the cook house next door. Hopefully lots of these type of stories have been relayed. Keep up the good work. Lenny (Fine) Frasure

  5. Paul Rodriquez says:

    My age is 75, I attended grade school in Tennant, my younger brother was born there, I’m trying to find out if there is a Tennant Re- Union. I remember the Fine Family, my sister Christina Gonzales is 82 who also attended school there. I,m looking for old pictures for another family friend who was born there. thanks again

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