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Sierra Valley and Beckwourth Pass
Near Loyalton, California

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

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Near Sierraville in Sierra Valley

Near Sierraville in Sierra Valley

Wet meadow pastureland in Sierra Valley

West of Sierraville, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2012
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Sierra Valley

Sierra Valley

High desert grazing land in Sierra Valley

East of Calpine, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2012
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Ponderosa Pines

Ponderosa Pines

Huge ponderosa pines at the Cold Creek Campground on Cold Stream

South of Sierraville, Tahoe National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2012
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East of Beckwourth Pass

East of Beckwourth Pass

Discovered 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, California

Date photographed: July 12, 2016

Frenchman Lake Reservoir

Frenchman Lake Reservoir

One 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, California

Date photographed: July 12, 2016

Little Last Chance Creek near Frenchman Lake

Little Last Chance Creek near Frenchman Lake

One of several Last Chance Creeks in the west, this one flows past a nice campground below Frenchman Lake.

Frenchman Campground, Plumas National Forest, California

Date photographed: July 12, 2016

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