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6.30.14......Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout

Hike Details: Elevation - 8,857 ft. Location -north of Sierra City, up above Packer Lake Mileage - 5-6 miles Hiking time - 4 hours Route - see map below, from Hwy. 49, turn onto Gold Lake Hwy, then follow signs to Packer Lake, when you reach Packer Lake, take a left at the Y intersection to continue up the single-lane paved road to the trailhead Weather - a little on the toasty side -- it was over 100° in the Valley, so we were happy to be out of that, but by the middle of the afternoon it was easily in the low 90's up where we were This will be one of those posts with a TON of pictures (I took my "big" camera because I knew it would be worth the weight), though pictures will not do justice to the incredible scenery and views from this hike! But here goes...

06.20.14.....Martis Peak

Hike Details: Elevation - 8,714 ft. Location - near Kings Beach, CA, turn East off of Hwy. 267 onto Martis Peak Road (unmarked), which is about half a mile north of Brockway Summit Mileage - 7 miles Hiking time - about 2 1/2 hours Route - map and information below Weather - sunny, warm day here in the valley and just as nice up in the mountains, a light breeze at the top that cooled us off in the shade, but we were pretty warm coming down by about noon I was able to create this map using . It has some pretty cool features and made a great map for us to follow. Because we had a shorter time frame, we drove about a mile up the road to connect with the Tahoe Rim Trail, so that shaved the round-trip mileage down by a couple of miles. From there the trail was easy to find and well maintained the whole way.  Gina and I had a great time catching up as we power-hiked -- she let me try her hiking poles but I think I need a little more practice to not feel s

06.06.14.....Quarry Trail-Auburn

Hike Details: Elevation - 600-800 ft. Location - Auburn State Recreation Area - we parked in a lot that required a $10 fee, but there is often parking along the side of Hwy 49, just be careful around the curves Mileage - 7 miles Hiking time - 2 hours Route - map and information here Weather - a beautiful, sunny morning - we hit the trail by 8am and were home by about 10:30 or 11:00, it was just starting to get toasty on the hike back The trailhead starts just east of the confluence of the American River, parking is in a lot on the left side of the road right after the bridge and follows the Middle Fork of the American River. I'm glad we left early in the morning because it was already feeling like a very warm day. We hit the trail at about 7:45am. About 1 1/4 mile up the trail are the remnants of an old limestone quarry and some picnic tables overlooking the river. This would make for a nice, easy family hike, picnic and frolic in the water. Behind those b