Along the way we crossed South Yuba and it was roaring with swifter runoff than I have ever seen!
The dirt road in was blocked with snow so we, along with others, parked alongside the road and began hiking up it.
Good sense would indicate waterproof shoes and extra hiking socks, along with some layers for warmth. Unexpected weather changes are not uncommon! The weather was short-sleeve-warm and sunny, but I should mention that SAR recommends wearing long sleeves and long pants because falls can cause road rash like burns. They also recommend carrying an ice ax to capture yourself in the event you do break through the snow. The ground warmth melts the snow underneath and creates pockets of water and air you can't see to navigate around.
These are photos of Carr Lake: The first shows the lake covered in snow at the bottom of the "hill" in the background.
The photograph below was of the gate to the parking area (used when the snow melts)! It wasn't an "illusion" shot; the snow thickly covered the rest of the gate!
Any snow precipice could have crumbled down at any time.
Another view of the lake through the budding willows that had provided us camouflage for our golden tent last fall.
|The lake was stunningly bright and beautiful!|
Check out Google Earth for the Grouse Ridge Area and plan some hiking and backpacking once the snow melts and it becomes accessible. There is another blog entry here from our "Survivor" camp up there with photos of what you can expect to see after snow melt. (In fact, the photo used as my standard headline photo was taken in that area!) The trail we primarily used was "Crooked Lakes Trail". It is fairly well marked and by following it you can get fabulous views of distant ridges, and local finds including a variety of plant life, many small lakes and suitable swimming holes, not to mention fishing, and if you are so inclined, there is a hunting season for game as well.
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