Gray Road Adventures
So tired of this heat wave we are experiencing in the San Joaquin Valley. Summer feels like it has been six months long. Unfortunately, the first wet winter we have had in years is also wreaking havoc on our high country roads, limiting our ability to get to high altitudes on our short getaways. So many trees are downed from the snow, roads are torn up from the unusual run off this spring and summer, and State and Federal workers are working extra hard to get just the most used and main thoroughfares drivable.
So, Matt searched his Rolodex of previously visited places and we headed for Graeagle, CA area. Although the altitude is lower than our usual stomping grounds, there are some incredibly beautiful lakes to hike to, including Smith and Long Lakes.
First stop was at Frazier Falls. Oh yes, stop there this year if you can. It's been some time since the falls were pumping like this and the cascades are worth viewing. It is also handicapped accessible and a short distance to the renovated viewing platforms, so a great stop for all travelers.
We boondocked nearby and enjoyed a very cool night, and glad to have blankets. It was heavenly!!!
Summer temps on this trip were still mid 90s, but it was still a comfortable temperature with light breezes, and still warm enough to take a swim in Long Lake by midday. We hiked up to Long Lake on day one. Since water is plentiful this year, streams are flowing that haven't carried water for years, and the flora is abundant
Later on day two, we moved into the NF itself, exploring Butt Reservoir area. Day three, we headed on to FS Road 308. Our FS map listed Robber's Roost, so of course we had to make camp here for the night. We can't resist funny names. . But, it turns out that this was a perfectly secluded place, all to ourselves, and a great evening hike to Eagle Rocks area.
Graeagle is off CA Hwy 89 near the Plumas National Forest area.
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