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The eastern counties along the Sierra Nevada range...

Nevada County
October 2003

Autumn at Donner Lake, near Truckee.   This beautiful lake was where the tragic Donner Party met its fate in the winter of 1846-47. 

Mono County
July 2003

This is Mono Lake, with its strange "tufa" formations.  Water levels at this ancient lake are recovering nicely, thanks to a 1994 court decision that halted decades of diversion by the City of Los Angeles. 

Placer County
October 2003

The Truckee River, from a spot south of Squaw Valley. The Truckee gets quite a bit bigger and faster in the spring, when the snowpack of the Sierra Nevada begins to melt.

Sierra County
October 2003

The former gold mining town of Downieville (pop. 325), at the north end of Highway 49.   Two rivers - the North Yuba and the Downie - converge at this historic and picturesque little town.

High Sierras

Alpine, Sierra, Nevada, Mono, Placer and El Dorado Counties.

El Dorado County
El Dorado
April 2002

Gorgeous and popular Lake Tahoe, viewed through the snow-tipped trees above Emerald Bay.

Alpine County
July 2002

High up in the Central Sierra Nevada at around 7,300 feet, this is Lake Alpine.  The road to Lake Alpine, SR 4, closes during the winter.    Nearby is the small community of Bear Valley.

Last Update:  January 5, 2010
Michael Tena and Alice Chung (2001-2010)