Place: Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest, California
Trailhead at 39.9018, -120.1735.
Difficulty level: moderate.
Here I share what we did on our second camping day at Frenchmen Lake. To read about the first day click here.
By morning the rain was gone and the cloud cover seemed harmless so we went on a hike. Following the recommendation of the campground host we looked for the trail marked on our map (the forest service multi-use map) as 24N01, which is one of the many utility dirt roads that criss-cross the forest. We tried to follow one lead that tuned to be false and found ourselves wandering between the trees and between torn apart camp sites of an old campground that was once there. We saw some lovely mulesear flowers in bloom.
|Mulesear on the forest ground|
|Lake view from the gravel road|
|Fishers at Crystal Point|
|Mountain bluebird, male.|
|Casiin's finch, male|
|A yellow-rumped warbler|
|Panoramic view of the lake from way up high on the forest trail.|
|A beard of green lichen covered the top part of the trunk.|
Altogether, the hike was 5 miles long and took us (at child pace and including many breaks) about 4 hours. Very pretty hike.
We stayed one more night at the camp site. That night there was no cloud cover and the expected frost did come. We woke up to a frosty morning that soon gave way to a beautiful, warm day. We ate breakfast, had a little stroll by the lake and then broke camp. Our friends headed to Sacramento to visit relatives and we decided to take a detour through Colusa and visit the National Wildlife Refuge there, a place that became a regular pilgrimage site for us, bird loving quails. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, however, merits its own blog post.
So until then, have a wonderful hike!