The heavy cloud cover precluded really good photos but we managed a few, especially near the summit at Caples Lake, and descending the eastern slopes.
|Caples Lake near Carson Pass summit|
|And descending the eastern slopes|
|Clouds make for a nice effect thru bug-stained windows|
|On highway 395 heading south|
We are staying at the Meadowcliff RV Park, one of our Passport America discount parks. We paid $20 per night (2 nights) for full service, 50 amp hookups, fast wifi, and a beautiful setting.
|The jeep is US!|
|Right outside our door looking west!|
|A nice walking trail|
We spent most of today on a fast exploration of the Topaz Lake, Walker River, and Sonora Pass areas near our home base, stopping frequently to check out Forest Service campgrounds that would accommodate RVs. Bootleg Campground is a short distance south of Walker on the west side of Highway 395, and suitable for larger rigs, though it doesn't have much ambiance. Chris Flat Campground, a few miles further south, is beautiful, right on the Walker River with nice open camp sites, but also right on 395. We did, however, find a perfect spot, at least for a night or two as we headed up Sonora Pass on Highway 108. Sonora Bridge Campground is located just off Hwy. 108 on the edge of the Walker River Canyon. There are a few large, open sites, even pull-thrus, with no hookups of course, for $6 per night with our Golden Age Pass.
Back to today: We continued up Sonora Pass, including a 25% grade, to the summit at about 9500'...no motorhomes or RVs please, pulling off frequently for photos. Leavitt Falls was spectacular from its precarious viewpoint, as was the Walker River Valley.
|Many views of Walker River|
|Walker River Canyon from above|
Back on the highway, I suggested an alternate route home. On our map Burcham Flat Road looked like a good alternative to 395. It started off totally innocuous, flat with miles of sagebrush staging the snowy Sierras in the background.
But then the tempo changed as our dirt track narrowed and climbed to gain altitude with its neighboring peaks. The road had deteriorated from recent snow, wind and rain, and we hugged the cliff...first up, then down.
|Steep and narrow!|
|If you look really close there is a tiny piece of Hwy. 395 down there....|
As we approached Topaz Lake, we were rewarded with a field of wildflowers and beautiful lake views.
Enough excitement for one day!