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This is a little side waterfall that tends to be rather stable year round near the base of the sierra Buttes which jut out about 7000ft above the valley below. This is also the site of the infamous Downieville downhill Mountain bike single track. 5500ft of descending glory through clear waterfall filled rivers through to 20 miles. Sorry, no helmet cam. Also, Whitewater kayaking in the north Yuba river is awesome. And then there's hiking/climbing the buttes and pretty alpine lakes and relatively few people.

The plants are moss and water cress and they grow so lush in the canyon here going up to the Packer lake saddle.


Here's the buttes, a craggy volcanic outcropping, lupine and indian paintbrush in the foreground.

Yes, I climbed to the top peak there: looking south to Lake Tahoe:










Such a nice little waterfall, I'll model my own swimming hole/pool/wetland/pond/stream after this. I wish I had this in my backyard.
Some day soon. :smile:

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More, this is the other thing I do after hiking and it's just right there, you take a right instead of left for the MTB:











Not a bad way to get yer kicks and try not to die:)
Pretty neat place. Kayak is next, I already have a water proof camera, no helmet cam though:)

North of there is Burney Falls, this one is really pretty also:


Here's a Velvet Ant, about 2" long, it's basically a wingless wasp, it'll sting the mofo out of you, these are lower down and you might be lucky to see one. Pretty critter.



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Well, when you are out poking around, make sure to look down, I've seen a few in Marin and Sonoma or Napa counties, they like the open oak woodlands etc.

Here's some more pics from the top of the butte:



These lakes around about 2000-2500ft below and it's pretty much straight down from this side.



Looking South about near I-80:



Why CA does not need to import water Hyacinth, near the Rio vista Bridge in the Delta, note: this is before the real growing seasons starts(beginning now).



I get my soil not far from here, you can see why aquatic plants are weeds.
Odd thing is, folks pay 5.98 for a bunch of this junk in the midwest.......

I think it's about time to get a permit and get rid of it by selling it and shipping it elsewhere.

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