Our last day in the Plumas National Forest felt a bit dirty. Lots of
driving, 4 P1Ks, less than a quarter mile of hiking, total, on the day.
I feel there will be penance to pay for this agregious sin at some point.
Located between Indian and American Valleys, good forest roads lead to
the manned lookout tower atop the summit. We were there just after
6:30a, well before visiting hours, so I scrambled up to the
rock outcrop on one side of the tower, took a few
pictures and called it good. I imagine the
views are better from the tower's viewing deck, but from the base they
are only marginal. After our summit visit, we tried to drive to Grizzly
Mtn, a summit that Dennis Poulin described as an interesting class 3
scramble. Unfortunately, we were unable to find the road shown on the topo
map as the shortest route between the two and we flailed about on other
roads for about an hour before giving up. More research would be needed.
After giving up on Grizzly, we drove back down to American Valley and
Taylorsville before driving up to Mt. Jura found further east. The roads
were decent, but not great. The views
might be similarly described. I walked
around the summit area until I found a register
that had been appropriately
left by Dave Jurasevich, climbing his namesake, or a s close to it as he's
likely to get in California. On the way down, Jackie took over
the driving duties and would continue for the last two summits.
These last two peaks are accessed via a common forest road heading north
from SR70. Red Hill is the easier of the two with a good road leading to some
telecom towers found at the summit. While I went off in search
of the highpoint ( I found a reference mark but no benchmark
and no register), Jackie climbed the short tower near our vehicle.
Rush Creek Hill
We spent another hour driving from Red Hill to Rush Creek Hill, this time
on lesser roads for the last mile or two. Jackie enjoyed driving the Jeep
and was having a lot more fun now that she was behind the wheel. I had
her turn the car
around once we reached the large summit area while I
walked around looking for a register (no luck). When we got back down to
SR70, we stopped at a rest area along the Feather River
to give Jackie a chance to go for a short swim.
The current wasn't unusually strong, but it
needed to be considered carefully as it was her first time swimming in
water moving this quickly. Refreshed, She dried off and we got back in the
Jeep for the 4hr drive home. Good times...