Friday, July 30, 2010

On The Trail @ Packer Lake


High above Sierra City nestled in on the opposite side of the Buttes is the very beautiful Packer Lake ... This beautiful little alpine lake hosts some of the most incredible exclusive vantage points  of the Sierra Buttes that you can ever see up there ... The trail around the lake is very pretty as well ,

leading you through large pines in the dense forest that creeps right up to the edge of the water along much of the shoreline ...
This lake is great for an afternoon of kayaking adventures which my wife really enjoyed quite a bit ...She was out on the water paddling around for quite a while ...
All the while that she was paddling around the lake there was a very large Osprey hunting trout from above ... What a really cool experience that was for her to be out kayaking on the crystal clear waters of  Packer Lake watching an Osprey dive down from the sky and gracefully snatch a nice trout from the water flying off with it in his talons ... Which he did several times ... Apparently he had other mouths to feed ...
Unfortunately I never managed to get footage of the fish grabbing because after following him on camera for what seemed like for ever  of course I would set the camera down and that would be the moment when my wife would say "ooh wow did you see that , were you still filming" ?  Dohhh !... But here is a short clip of him hunting  above the lake just moments before he dove down and snagged a fish ... video
High above Packer Lake there is a very cool four wheel drive  trail that leads to the lookout at the top of the Buttes ...
The road that leads  up to the trail is a heck of a climb with some very steep grades and cliffside views looking out across the sierra that are some of the most beautiful sites in the world ...
I always enjoy a nice off road adventure up above the lake when ever we are in this area ... The Sierra Buttes Trail is one of my favorite places to be ...
It winds up the back side of the Buttes to an elevation over 8000 feet and goes all the way to the top ... It always amazes me how even in the middle of the hot Summer there are still many patches of lush foliage and beautiful sierra mountain wildflowers thriving under the alpine canopy ... One area in particular that I like along the Sierra Buttes Trail is a small underground mountain spring about half way up ...
It  flows out of the side of the rocks and crosses the  trail ... This area is always surrounded by various beautiful ferns and many different wildflowers that splash color all around the trail ...
Although our trip was a short one we enjoyed every moment of it and we plan to get up there once more before school starts ... What a beautiful place to be !

2 comments:

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

Mrs. Smokey,
You're right - I love the blog post. Somehow we have never tried to go kayaking with Ava around us. How fun that looks! If it weren't for the bears, I may be adventurous to try the cabin. I'm not as brave as you and Mr. Smokey. :)

Anonymous said...

Alferd Packer ate the people he was hiking with. I hope the lake was not named after him.

lp