Thursday, August 26, 2010

4 Wheelin Tamarack Lakes

 Tamarack Lakes are located up above Packer Lake on the north side of the Sierra Buttes... These lakes can only be visited by 4wd or hiking up ... The trailhead from Packer Lake Lodge Road heads up the mountain  about 3 miles into the wilderness... This is Lower Tamarack Lake ...
What a beautifully serene alpine lake ... The 4wd trail leading up to these lakes is full of large rocks and it is a really fun ride up ... Here is a video clip of the road conditions and some of the surrounding terrain ...
video
 Not the best video because I was holding the camera and driving over big rocks... These next shots are of Upper Tamarack Lake...
 Though they look similar  but the upper lake is even more clear than the lower ...  It seems as if the lower lake acts as a kidney or filter for the upper lake, having more of a reddish color on the bottom... .Upper Tamarack Lake was a bit more pristine as well being about a mile further up the mountain ...
There were these large patches of wild flowers growing all along the northern shoreline thriving just outside the water grass on the marsh like  banks ...
I have been coming up to these mountains nearly all of my life and never made it up to Tamarack Lakes until now ... I had always heard it was an awesome experience to be that high up on the Buttes at these totally secluded alpine lakes , but being there is another thing entirely...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not just walk up the trail? Do you know how many quarts of oil have been spread across that trail by poor off road driving? That watershed serves as the main drinking supply to almost the entire county and one cracked oil pan can mean a water shortage for everyone.

Smokey said...

Anon;12;49 While I appreciate your opinion , If you click on the location link you will see that your geography is off a bit ... I believe the Tamaracks that you may be referring to are over in the Eastern Sierras ... These 2 lakes here that I went up to are not watersheds and if they were I doubt that you would be allowed to drive up...You must be the same reader that complained about my last 4wheelin excursion ... Look I love the outdoors,the mountains hills and valleys and all the critters that live there too and conservation is not something I ever ignore while I am interacting with any of it... But thanks for your comment ..."Smokey"

GoGo Gomez...AKA David Gomez said...

Great shot Smokey....
Love the wild flower an lake flowers,
have a great day!

Smokey said...

Thanks 3G...

Anonymous said...

Once again fantastic pictures! Terrible video. I would have watch the whole vid, but I was getting car sick. And... I am still waiting for that picture of the Mount Diablo mountain lion! ( extreme close-up please)

lp

Anonymous said...

Smokey, believe me, I know my geography. I live just below the Tamaracks in Sierra City. We hike from Packer Lake up to the top of the Buttes on a regular basis. When it comes to watersheds, every inch of the Sierra has one. This one feeds Salmon Creek and provides the drinking water for communities below such as Sierra City.
No, I've never commented here before, but I've walked where you choose to ride. It is slightly more than a mile from asphalt to the lower lake and takes me 20 minutes on foot.
I have no problem with off roaders. I'm just saying that the oil left behind by "poor" driving pollutes our community water supply. I'm sure those oil tracks aren't yours, but someone saw a video on wheelin' up to Tamarack Lakes and left part of their crankcase on the trail. Maybe you can help us prevent that in the future?

EdiBirsan said...

Love the shots of the lake looks like a great place to simply set up a little blanket and stare at the world for an afternoon. Something that I will need big time once this election campaign for City Council is over.
What is this place like the 2nd weekend in November?

Smokey said...

Wow ! I truly thought you were referring to the other lakes ...I stand corrected ... I really love your area and would never want to risk being responsible for wrecking any part of it ! Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I again stand corrected and educated by your most informative comment ... I appreciate your neighborhood a lot and hope to be a part of it myself one day ... I have many posts about that area here on Smokey's Mountain and if you look through my older posts you will see many different ones ....

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

This is just a cool blog! I love reading. Thanks for the pictures and all the info.

Now, let us all begin to save bottle caps everyone. Wonder what they do up in the Sierra area? If curbside recycling doesn't process them, are homeowners and naturalists willing to recycle? (No worries Smokey - Concord may already handle it, but our surrounding cities do not. It is up to the consumer to recycle.)

Thanks for inspiring others about the natural beauty of California.

Here's some latest bottle cap info:

http://thelemonlady.blogspot.com/search/label/Earth%20Day%20Every%20Day

Anonymous said...

Hey Lemon-Lady! I follow you on Claycord. I can tell you this: no, there is no curbside recycling in Sierra City. In fact, there is no curb-side garbage pickup. Everyone hauls their garbage to the transfer station. Everyone does it, because if they don't, we end up with problem bears and mountain lions. Yes,we recycle. We have bins for glass and metal and plastic, but we have to sort it ourselves. It is a bit of a pain, but it becomes part of the routine of mountain living.
Keep up the good work!
G-Sphere

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

Hi G-Sphere,
Thanks so much for the comments. I often wonder what other communities are doing to recycle and preserve our earth. The info you've provided is greatly appreciated. Mountain living. :) Now I'll know if ever I get a chance to live high up there in the mountains.

Happy thoughts.
Sincerely,
Anna, The Lemon Lady
www.thelemonlady.blogspot.com
AnnaAndAva@gmail.com