Sierra Valley is the north end of Highway 49, the signature route of the Mother Lode Gold Country. The highway comes up from the North Yuba River over Yuba Pass. The actual crossing of the Sierra Crest is at Beckwourth Pass, named for African-American mountain man James Beckwourth. The valley itself is a seasonally flooded mountain meadow of vast extent, divided into cattle ranches.Wikipedia: Sierra Valley
Near Sierraville in Sierra ValleyWet meadow pastureland in Sierra Valley
West of Sierraville, CaliforniaDate photographed: June 20, 2012
Sierra ValleyHigh desert grazing land in Sierra Valley
East of Calpine, CaliforniaDate photographed: June 20, 2012
Ponderosa PinesHuge ponderosa pines at the Cold Creek Campground on Cold Stream
South of Sierraville, Tahoe National Forest, CaliforniaDate photographed: June 20, 2012
East of Beckwourth PassDiscovered by and named for African-American mountain man Jim Beckwourth. At 5,221 feet (1,591 m) this is the lowest and easiest crossing of the Sierra crest. In 1906 the Western Pacific Railroad completed its Feather River Route through here, cutting under the summit with the Chilcoot Tunnel.
Beckwourth Pass, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 12, 2016
Frenchman Lake ReservoirOne of three lakes in the far upper reaches of the Feather River drainage, Frenchman Lake is a reservoir created in 1961 as part of the California State Water Project.
Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 12, 2016
Little Last Chance Creek near Frenchman LakeOne of several Last Chance Creeks in the west, this one flows past a nice campground below Frenchman Lake.
Frenchman Campground, Plumas National Forest, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 12, 2016
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