Sites California – Under Water in 10 Years

Sorry for the blog silence, I’ll try to be more timely. Here is something very recent: I went out to the town of sites, population 13, at the beginning of the month. This area is west of I-5 40 mins north of Sacramento that is proposed for a new dam that will be very large. I figured I’d check it out before that happens.

On the way out, Mt Lassen in the distance with snow

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A view west into the coast range from the valley. Snow Mountain to the right, Goat Mountain to the left

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Little wisps of white at the top of Snow Mountain

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Looking south

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The road to Sites from Maxwell

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You pass through the first fold of the cost range

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Can you see how it was thrust up?

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Cool rocks poking out

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Can you see the inverted rock layers here?

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There is a very old quarry here, they mine Brownstone which is a dark sandstone. These first ridges of the range come from ancient sea floor deposits

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You can see how they have peeled back the layers of stone

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The most prominent structures completed with this stone include the freey building, emporium and st.francis hotel in San Francisco. 

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This place goes back to the mid 1800’s!

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You can probably still get some of this stone from the property owner

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Markings from the head of the quarry

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There is a neighboring one that has been inactive for a long time

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It has the same structure as the other side, but bigger

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Close-up

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Once through the ravine, the sites valley opened up with meadows and hills rolling along

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So pretty

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Very old town

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Just a hand full of houses left, there have been several fires in the 20th century

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But some holdouts

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Maybe the old town store

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The water will go up past the tree line about 75 feet, it will be a bit bigger than Lake Oroville

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All of it is active pasture, which kills off all the wildfloers

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So I’m less concerned about impacts from a dam here, the real show is on BLM land a ways over the ridge in bear valley

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I almost went off-road to the north end/lobe of the proposed lake, but it was just more of the same

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Moo!

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Hot springs and Lake County just over there

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Happy Cow

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Views for days

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Back into town

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On the way out a Turkey Vulture was picking on road kill. I got a shot after scaring it off

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Lots of wildflowers in the ravine though, where they will put a dam

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White lupine

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The color evolves

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Purple

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Owl’s Clover

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Looks like a wild onion

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Couldn’t get a close-up of these

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More Moo!

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Such a nice creek

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This tree is covered in native, wild grape

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These will become sweet, but seeded, grapes in the fall

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Until next time…

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One Response to Sites California – Under Water in 10 Years

  1. Mary says:

    Great pictures!

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