The motivation for the hike into the burn zone of the 2014 King fire in El Dorado County was to hunt for morel mushrooms. My son, who enjoys mushroom hunting, had read morels flourish after forest fires. While we found no morels, we were able to experience the desolation and destruction by one of El […]
Half the fun of a vacation is being pleasantly surprised by unexpected experiences. As we drove into the small hamlet of Forks, Washington, you could tell the local merchants had adopted the teenage vampire saga Twilight as their claim to fame. Even the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at was on a mission to incorporate […]
Fed by Mosquito and Butte Creek, Paradise Lake impounds irrigation and drinking water for the Town of Paradise. Hence, the portable toilets are every one-half mile to encourage their use and discourage draining your bladder into the lake.
The destination was the outlet of the great North Bloomfield Tunnel that dumped gold bearing sediment from Malakoff Diggins into Mercury laden sluice flumes. We had seen the sign at the head of Humbug Trail indicating the trail was closed because of a damaged bridge. A little bridge doesn’t stop hikers on a mission…usually. But this one did.
Inherently, all hikes are good. Some hikes, however, have more merit than others. The South Fork American River Trail is lacking in many of the characteristics of a good or great hike. While it is a nice trail, you need to choose carefully when you decide to hike it and where you start.
We finally reached an impassable granite wall on Hot Springs Creek and were forced to trek over to the creek. As we climbed on top of the granite boulders, we could hear the water flowing underneath.
Even with what seemed like half the city of Auburn crawling all over the rocks, steps and trails, the waterfalls were worth the hike.
All of this increased mountain bike activity is destroying the trails around Folsom Lake in Granite Bay.
At the end of our two hour hike, Adrienne handed us a couple of wax paper bags full of mushrooms, primarily hedgehogs and winter chanterelles, to take home.
If you like geological wonders, Hwy 395 south of Lake Tahoe has plenty of natural awe inspiring places to visit.