Sierra Nevada recreation sites become a weekend destination
Great article highlighting recreation in Plumas County and surrounding Sierra Nevada locations from the SF Chronicle
“A phenomenon in the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley has extended this summer to the Sierra Nevada west of Tahoe. It’s this weekend thing.
During the school year in the Bay Area, roughly 80 to 90 percent of visits to parks are from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, according to several park studies.
Now that it’s peak summer, the same thing is happening at many vacation-type destinations for camping, boating and other recreation. Even in vacation season, Friday night through Sunday afternoon are the most popular hours at area parks.
These destinations include the Lakes Basin Recreation Area near Graeagle (Plumas County) that straddles Tahoe and Plumas national forests, the Crystal Basin (up the hill from Placerville) in Tahoe National Forest, the Carson Pass Lakes area (near Kirkwood) in Eldorado National Forest and to some extent Bowman Lakes Recreation Area (up the hill from Nevada City) in Tahoe National Forest.
On Friday and Saturday nights this month, these areas have often been crowded. From Sundays through Mondays, you can often have your pick.
The best example is the Lakes Basin Rec Area. Gold Lake Road spans 17 miles from Bassetts (Sierra County) to Graeagle, with a crest near Gold Lake, and a series of spur roads to lake destinations along the way.
In a 10-mile radius, there are nine campgrounds, most at lakes you can drive to, a dozen other lakes within range of short hikes and two mountaintops with sensational views. There are also five lodges with cabins, though these require reservations often far in advance, at least until the shoulder season arrives in September.
The best for do-it-yourself camping with an SUV and a kayak are Haven and Goose lakes. The best for rowboat rentals, fishing and the view of the Sierra Buttes is Lower Sardine Lake. The best hike is to the Sierra Buttes. The best for swimming is Long Lake. The best for stand-up paddling is Salmon Lake. The biggest fish are in Gold Lake…keep reading
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