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Backtracking: The Sierra Buttes, via the Pacific Crest Trail

Backtracking: The Sierra Buttes, via the Pacific Crest Trail

Aug. 13, 2016 The plan: The lookout atop the Sierra Buttes in the Plumas National Forest. There‚Äôs a few routes here from different places. We were camping at Sardine Lake for the weekend with friends and decided to attack it from the Packer Lake saddle, near the top of the famed mountain bike trail that heads into Downieville.   I have been homebrewing for more than five years now and thoroughly enjoy the hobby, especially from a creativity standpoint. As…

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Lakes Basin Loop

Lakes Basin Loop

July 16, 2016 The plan: Lakes Basin Loop outside of Graeagle, Calif., starting at the Round Lake trailhead, connection with the Pacific Crest Trail and looping back via near Mud Lake/Long Lake. Approximately eight miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain.   After the Mt. Elwell hike that Shannon and I did back in June, I had been itching to get back up to the Plumas National Forest and the Lakes Basin area. This had been on the to-do list…

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