Greetings, my fellow readers! I know it’s been quite a while, a LONG while at that. I really can’t explain my long “hiatus” from here, other than life getting in the way. For that, I apologize for my long absence, and I hope you haven’t abandoned me! But moving on to the REAL reason we are all here, and that is RICK’S ADVENTURES!
Summer is already upon us and it certainly came in hot and heavy. Literally. Mother Nature blessed us with a weeklong heat wave in June with the mercury rising well past 100 degrees!! With the summer heat, came the snowmelt down from the Sierras. The snow had been melting up there for quite some time. Which means the local rivers: the Yuba, Feather, and American Rivers are running high, fast and COLD!!! High mountain creeks and streams are also no exception! I got a chance to see this action up close and personal recently. Not at any of the aforementioned rivers, but up at Indian Falls, which is located in the Plumas National Forest in Plumas County. Indian Falls, which is also considered a census-designated place, is near the small community of Crescent Mills, at an elevation of 3,258 feet. To actually get to where the falls are located, means taking a drive through the scenic Feather River Canyon, which is California State Highway 70, through Butte and Plumas counties. After about an hour and a half or so of driving (Yes, I know it’s scenic, but keep your eyes on the road!), you’ll come to a junction where California State Highway 89 north meets Highway 70. Take that left turn onto Highway 89, which heads toward the communities of Crescent Mills, Greenville and Lake Almanor. You’ll drive for a few miles until you see a sign for Indian Falls off to the right. You REALLY have to watch for the turn-off, otherwise you can easily miss it. I’m sure many people have missed it more than once! I know I have once or twice on occasion. Once you’ve driven down the “parking area” (a wide dirt area, which shrinks down to the size of a hiking trail at some point), you’ll do a brief, but steep hike down to Indian Creek where Indian Falls is located. You can actually HEAR the falls from the parking area. I made my way down to the creek and the falls, as I had done countless times before. When I got down by the water, I was amazed by what I saw: the falls were RAGING!! And they were LOUD!! All I could think to myself, was, “WOW!” All that rain and snow we had gotten over winter had DEFINITELY paid off!
Let’s take a look:
As you can see by the videos, the falls were definitely at their best and baddest!! It hasn’t been my first time to the falls, as I had been several times over the years. An acquaintance had told me about the falls several years ago, and I had wanted to see them for myself. I’ve seen them when they’re flowing regularly; I’ve seen them when they’re nearly at a trickle. Well, not EXACTLY a trickle, but you get the idea!
Here’s a picture from a few years ago when the falls were raging pretty good
And here’s another shot of the falls from a distance. Flowing good, but not heavy duty
I certainly hope you have enjoyed my brief description of lovely Indian Falls. Our waterways here in Northern California definitely have been flowing, thanks to all the winter snow and rain. Should you ever find yourself road-tripping through the Feather River Canyon, take a detour and check out Indian Falls. After you’ve had your fill of the falls, take a short drive east on Highway 70 to the town of Quincy and re-fuel with lunch and/or a coffee. As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thank you again for sticking by me!!