I got up at first light and started hiking up highway 49 towards the trail head. There were no cars about– the town was very quiet. I started early because I needed to hike up over 3000 feet to near the top and then around the Sierra Butte peaks that overlook Sierra City. I made good time because the weather was very cool.
After a few hours I was looking down on downtown Sierra City.
The trail was in good shape and it was a nice, although tiring hike up and around Sierra Butte.
I saw a lot of wildflowers along the way,
And some more awesome views
But then I started hitting patches of snow
There were only a few places where I had to be super careful. Many time I could avoid the snow patches.
I found a nice campsite with running water nearby as well as a large pond with tons of frogs. I was serenaded to sleep by all the croaking.