Sunday, January 9, 2011

Taylor Lake, Plumas County, California

Lucky S Mine near Taylor Lake, Plumas County, California

The Lucky S Mine was a small town that has to be accessed up dirt roads in the Plumas National Forest.  These photos were taken in 2004.  There are numerous buildings still standing, and you can wander through the bunk house, saw mill, kitchen and mess hall (this is really in bad repair though, so may not still be standing).  It's a fun trip, but must be taken after winter snows have melted.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fire Lookout Views

One of the fun things we like to do in our area, when weather and road conditions cooperate, is to drive up the narrow, winding, switch-backed, rocky roads that take one to "the top of the world", so to speak.  A series of towers, with overlapping vistas, keeps a watch out during the fire season for "smokes", or signs of wildfire.  These shown here are located on the Plumas National Forest and the Tahoe National Forest 

Most of these lookouts are "out of commission".  There are several on the Plumas that are still active, and I will be posting more pictures as I dig into my files and explore some more.   There are several that are available in season for rental as a fun camping experience.

Another fun site is Keith Sutter's lookout photos!  We met him when we were exploring Pilot Peak Lookout back in 2002 or 2003, I think.  He took a family favorite shot of Grant, Ashley, and I using my camera.  (Edit note: add photo here. ;))

 Pilot Peak Lookout

You can just see the lookout!

Red Rock Lookout

Kettle Rock Lookout

Mills Peak Lookout

Saddle Back Lookout
(Tahoe National Forest)