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
You can see a brown patch where the snow hadn’t built up much below, along with a large tree
Similar tree, but dead for many years. It still acts as habitat for many animals though
So much pretty it hurts
This is the twisted trunk of a Cypress tree, a relatively rare species
It was a giant specimen, easily 60 feet tall
There had recently been a small dusting, but I only head up when it is clear out and the roads are safe
Caples Lake is located in the area, and the ridgetops provide great views
I think this is the Icehouse Wilderness, but maybe a different one
This mountain in the distance looked like a pyramid
Kinda like this one
And this one, pattern much?
The red cliffs were prominent
The vista’s went on forever… (click on it to enlarge, worth it)
And at the end of the day, a final beautiful view