Sierra Snow, Then

These are pictures from the Kirkwood area of the Central Sierra Nevada after the storms in December. Located in aptly-named Alpine County, this ski area has very different geology than the Lake Tahoe resorts.

The slopes are steep and located among creeks and lots of trees

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You can see a brown patch where the snow hadn’t built up much below, along with a large tree

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Similar tree, but dead for many years. It still acts as habitat for many animals though

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So much pretty it hurts

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This is the twisted trunk of a Cypress tree, a relatively rare species

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It was a giant specimen, easily 60 feet tall

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There had recently been a small dusting, but I only head up when it is clear out and the roads are safe

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Caples Lake is located in the area, and the ridgetops provide great views

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I think this is the Icehouse Wilderness, but maybe a different one

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This mountain in the distance looked like a pyramid

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Kinda like this one

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And this one, pattern much?

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The red cliffs were prominent

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The vista’s went on forever… (click on it to enlarge, worth it)

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And at the end of the day, a final beautiful view

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