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Old 06-24-2013, 02:04 PM   #56
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I turned off Highway 70 onto Caribou Rd. I have never been down it but I had seen on a map that it connects to Butt Lake and Lake Almanor and I had wanted to ride it some day. There is a campground right off the Highway. Then I saw water being pumped down one side of the hill, across the creek and back up the other. There are some good spots to see this movement of water in our area. Lots of good size rivers and man made reservoirs.



Heading up the road, you follow the creek and you get the sense of the road getting ever so smaller on a slight incline.














The road finally comes to a "Y". To the left, up a gravel road, and to the right to what look like large 2 story cabins built maybe in the 50's. I had to investigate before heading offroad.



There was also a Dam and a stagnant reservoir nearby.



Heading up the gravel road











Looking back at the reservoir and the cabins. I was told these cabins were homes for PG&E workers back in the day because they needed them close to this plant at all times. I also heard back around when I was born one of these pipes ruptured spewing toxins into the creek and eventually into the river.



You can see some back burning has been done all over in that last shot. Last year we dealt with the Chips Fire in this area. It was 40k + acres on this side of the creek to the south west of Butt Lake.







Getting close to Butt Lake. I've seen this bridge before but they have done some concrete work to it in the last year.







I had entirely too much fun on this road



The water was placid except for 1 boat trolling through the middle.



Bout this time I had 1 thing on my mind. Making it to the Beacon Gas station in Chester for some breakfast

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