We stayed at Whispering Pines RV Park, a 25 site park with full hook ups, gravel roads and sites, nice concrete patios and a table at each site and lots of beautiful grass and trees. This is a one man operation and Stuart works hard to make this a pleasant place to stay.
The park is right off the highway but it's not too noisy. There are also train tracks adjacent to the park and several freight trains pass by each day at a very slow pace to negotiate some tight turns. Fortunately they rarely blow their whistles. AT&T signal was good, Verizon was weak, and the park wifi was sporadic.
With the southern Lake Almanor boat launch just half a mile away, the RV park gets lots of fishermen and there is plenty of space to park boats on site, plus a fish cleaning station.
The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is an 11 mile paved path that runs along the south west shore of Lake Almanor, with the southern trail head at the Canyon Dam Boat Launch parking lot, just half a mile from our RV park. We first rode this trail when we stayed in the area in June 2014 and fell in love with this curvy path of gentle hills through healthy forest with gorgeous views of the lake.
|Most of the bike path is through heavy forest which is really pleasant to ride through on a hot summer day.|
But when you stop and walk through the forest to the edge of the lake your view just might include beautiful,
snow capped Mt Lassen.
Five miles into our 21 mile bike ride this happened:
|I braked into a turn going down a small hill and ended up meeting the pavement with my body!|
After regaining my composure I decided the scratches were pretty superficial and everything was still working both on my body and on the bike so we continued our ride, and I am so glad we did! It was such a nice day in such a beautiful setting that the accident was really just a blip in an otherwise perfect day along Lake Almanor.
|The shocking red of Sarcodes are hard to miss among the browns and grays and greens of the forest.|
|Taken from a perfectly placed bench along the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail.|
It's now been a week since my accident and the scratches on the leg are practically healed (the skin was protected by my bike shorts which didn't even rip!), but the bruise on my thigh is huge and grotesque! The arm is still all scabbed up, but is healing like it should.
Hans broke a tooth while we were in Quincy the previous week so one day we drove the 30 miles back there so he could get a crown done. We appreciated the ability to get a crown in one day, but small town dentists are not inexpensive!
On the way home we stopped off at Round Valley Reservoir near the town of Greenville for a hike. We walked forest roads all the way around the reservoir for a pretty six mile hike (a little longer than the 1.5 miles I thought I had read!).
|Sand hill cranes in a meadow at Round Valley Reservoir.|
The Pacific Crest Trail passes through Plumas County and there are several places to hop on for a day hike. We hiked a three mile section of the PCT where it passes near lovely Domingo Spring.
|Domingo Spring is a seasonal spring thanks to snow melt from Lassen that pops out of these rocks!|
Just a quarter mile from the Pacific Crest Trail, it's a great place for through-hikers to replenish their water supplies.
|We passed this pretty and very wet meadow soon after we started our hike on the PCT.|
|The PCT climbed through forest for a couple of miles before we started to hit some large snow drifts.|
At this point we decided we'd had enough, but not before I spotted this reflection of a snow drift on a snow melt pond.
|Now that's a hardy mushroom!|
The lakes in the area are known for excellent fishing and Hans had been contemplating fresh trout for dinner one day as we biked the lake trail...when we arrived home that afternoon our neighbor showed up with three enormous fish he'd just caught and gifted us one of those beauties! Delicious!
|Lake Almanor trout.|
Our final two days in the northern Sierras/southern Cascades have been spent just outside the entrance to Lassen National Park at The Village at Childs Meadow. Arriving on Memorial Day we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It looks as though this was once an RV park that was left to the elements for several years and new owners are working to make it habitable again.
They have 22 FHU sites and 7 tent sites which are all currently in a very rustic state, though the utilities look new. Hopefully they will bring in some gravel to level out the sites. During our brief stay the restrooms and laundry were out of order. Management is refurbishing a convenience store/cafe and a row of motel rooms. AT&T signal is poor, Verizon is good.
This is a really lovely location with forest behind the park, beautiful Childs Meadow and a fancy resort and restaurant across the highway and Lassen National Park a few miles down the road. We walked a several miles of forest roads right from the RV park with some wonderful meadow views.
|Meadow views on a walk from the RV park.|
Spencer Meadow National Recreation Trail head is just a quarter mile from the RV park. We weren't up for the entire 13 mile lollipop loop, but we did enjoy 3.5 miles of the trail through healthy forest that, like most of the trails we've hiked in the northern Sierras this spring, was full of downed trees from big winds and plenty of snow melt streams.
|2.5 miles of steady climbing through thick, healthy forest brought us to this fantastic view of Childs Meadow.|
Our RV park is in the trees below Hans' hand.
|This dramatic rock outcropping was a surprise after all the forest hiking we'd done.|
|Downed trees change the course of any existing streams.|
|The animal of the day was frogs! Lots of these little guys were hopping out of our path.|
|Most were gray like the frog in the previous photo, but this one matched the pine cone debris.|
|We often had to make detours around fallen trees.|
The mountains we've had the pleasure of exploring these past few weeks have had many magnificent specimens of old growth trees...ponderosa pine, sugar pine, douglas fir, incense cedar. We discovered the ponderosa pine below right behind our RV park.
|I LOVE giant trees!|
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