White Christmas at Plumas National Forest

I could recall all snowy Christmas I had last ten years. Only 3. And the last one was in 2016. My inner child always awaits the miracle of white snowflakes slowly falling onto the ground and trees… And I’m catching them. Snow as the part of the Christmas tradition is vital (though not critically :)) for me.
The selection of the place to stay on Christmas Eve was on Eugene. Somehow he recalled the hotel we stayed in 2015 after the hike on Eureka Peak. The wooden cabin in the snow made my heart warm šŸ™‚ So I booked it.
On Dec 22nd the forecast announced snow storm in Sierras. Oh, how happy I’ve been that day!
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
We drove on Highway 49 when the storm reached us. The white madness covered our auto and made the trip especially long. We reached the destination after the dark, and all we wanted was a warm fireplace and shower.
The morning met us with everything in snow. Pines in snow, roofs in snows. And extreme (for us šŸ˜‰ ) freeze. I cannot wait for the sun to come higher to walk around the property to the Feather River.
The trail was relatively short and flat. Though fresh snow and ice on the streams make the walk harder.
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest: Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
The river in that place is extremely scenic. Especial note is the railway bridge that looks like the portal through the mountain ranges.
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
We spent few hours exploring the fire roads and the river banks.
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
Short day made possible to go to watch the sunset right after the lunch. Roads were covered with ice, so we decided to make the short trip and get snowshoes with us.
We stopped near the entrance to the Lake Davis campground. All access roads were closed for winter. That’s when snowshoes were a deal.
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
The strangest part of that hike was the extreme quite. We heart some distance sounds from the mountains (creepy!), saw only the animals prints and beautiful totally frozen lake under the last rays of the sun.
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Feather River
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset
12.25. Plumas National Forest. Lake Davis before the sunset

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