Saturday, June 17, 2017

6.6.17 ... Carr Lake

Hike Details:
  • Elevation - 6600' - 6800'
  • Location - from I-80, take the exit for Hwy. 20 East, drive about 4 miles then turn right onto Bowman Lake Road, follow it for about 8 miles, watching for the turnoff on the right to Carr Lake. This is where the gravel road begins--sometimes fine, sometimes super bumpy. Then it's about 2 1/2 miles to the trailhead/campground parking area.
  • Mileage - 3+ miles
  • Hiking time - 2 hours
I was so happy my friend Melinda could hike with me! And not just because she always brings homemade chocolate chip cookies as trail food. ;) So our plan was to hike past Carr, Feeley and Island Lakes and on to Penner Lake.
But piles of snow changed that plan. We chatted with a Scout leader who was hiking in to meet up with his group. He told us the trail was about 95% covered with snow all the way to Island Lake.
We had to cross a little creek/waterfall to get over to Feeley Lake.

One side of the lake looked like summer.
And the other still looked like winter. Crazy!
We were up for a little snow hiking though and just did our best to follow tracks along the side of the lake.




After lots of little ups and downs on snow drifts, we thought we were getting closer to Island Lake, but saw there was yet another ridge of snow to cross. So we decided to turn around at that point and save the lake for another trip.
We headed back to Carr Lake to stop for lunch and enjoy the beautiful view.
I'll pick a sack lunch with this view over the finest restaurant any day!
On the way home on Bowman Lake Road we pulled off at the bridge over the South Yuba River to get a quick picture of the appropriately named Emerald Pools.There's just a short trail here but looks like a beautiful spot to check out sometime.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

6.10.17 ... Hidden Falls Regional Park (again)

Hike Details:
  • Elevation - 600-900 ft.
  • Location - Hidden Falls Regional Park, Auburn, CA
  • Mileage - 4-5 miles
  • Hiking time - 2+ hours
  • Route - map and information here
Just a quick Saturday morning outing with a group of kids from church as a pre-hike for a much longer "Pioneer Trek" (which will be 19 miles over 3 days in the Sierras). This was just a warmup to get them out on the trail doing some walking. Fortunately, it was a mercifully cool morning because otherwise Hidden Falls is a little too warm for summer hiking unless you plan to get wet in the creek (which one of the boys did accidentally, oops!).

 
 
 
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

4.21.17 ... South Yuba River State Park

Hike Details:

  • Elevation - low of 575' to high of 935'
  • Location - South Yuba River State Park - Bridgeport Covered Bridge
  • Mileage - 5 miles
  • Hiking time - 3 hours (lots of picture taking!)
  • Route - We parked in the lot right near the covered bridge and Visitor's Center (fee area). There's also a fee area parking lot across the river.
  • Weather - Not too warm, not too cool, sunny and perfect for hiking!
I'm so lucky to have fun friends who are willing to follow me along on these hikes!


It's hiking season again! Our main goal for this hike was to see some wildflowers. With all the rain we've had, we were hopeful there would be plenty of them. We did see some pretty flowers, but I wouldn't say it was bursting with them. But we also loved the view of the river throughout the hike and the beautiful green hills. We started on the North side of the river near the covered bridge and hiked up the hillside following the Point Defiance Loop Trail. It's a good little climb to get the heart pumping at the beginning. Then we rounded the corner and followed the trail along the river back around to where we started.
 



From there we crossed the road to the other parking lot and the Buttermilk Bend Trail. This section is totally flat the whole way, which is great if you want to hike with little kids. (though there are some pretty steep hillsides!) We hiked as far as a small waterfall coming down the hillside and then turned around. Lovely views, lovely flowers, just a lovely day!
Gas Station Throwback

Green, green everywhere!
But this is not a good green -- it's poison oak! We saw lots along the trail, so watch out!

Lots of "Scotch Broom" -- apparently an invasive species but beautiful.
 
Eating an edible plant called Miner's Lettuce (yum!)
So many butterflies!
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