Big Bald Rock in Butte County

I went up to this national forest landmark in southern Butte county in the late fall. There isn’t a lot of hiking involved on this one, the drive is paved and the area is just south of Lake Oroville. You can see this prominent granite dome from down in the valley, especially on the way into Oroville.

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Fun local flare

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Not super impressive from this angle, but this granite emerges out of a vast forested plateau

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From below, it looks a bit more like this with large masses of stone

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There are two main exposed formations

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This formation is the same granite that surrounds Yosemite, here you can see a recent exfoliation, which is where the top of the granite dome slowly snaps off along the edges in sheets

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A view of the other prominence, the lake is on the other side of the near forested ridge

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This giant boulder may be a glacial remnant, where it was lifted up eons ago and dropped here by a sheet of ice

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The granite had all kinds of interesting geology, I bet local college classes visit here

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Interesting ripples in the rock, possibly from water erosion

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This was out towards a great view of the valley

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You could see straight across the valley to the coastal range of mountains in the distance

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This USGS marker has been struck by lightning many, many times. So many that they installed three metal rods in the area to channel the energy away from it

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This crack seemed more from the freeze/thaw cycle than exfoliaiton

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However these were more sheets slipping off the top of the dome

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Some pretty steep areas

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Somehow a few plants where scavenging a living up here

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And the water clearly makes this a dangerous place when wet, with all these rivers on smooth rockface

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I think this one looks like a bird, you?

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Next up, lost town under Folsom Lake comes out for first time in 40 years.

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