Taking the road less traveled has become an overused phrase, but one appropriate for this trip which was all about lollygagging on twisty turny back roads.
Sandwiched between the National Forests of Lassen and Tahoe is Plumas National Forest, home to Bucks Lake Wilderness (geographically located between Quincy and Oroville). I was drawn to the trails surrounding Bucks Lake and was especially interested in exploring the area where the Pacific Crest Trail passes through the wilderness.
I was quite surprised to stumble upon Thompson Lake.
The treasure I was hunting on this particular day was beauty. I found it in the forests, the lakes, the trails. Traveling without an agenda, without expectations, without deadlines allowed me to enjoy my time at Thompson Lake and the Bucks Lake Wilderness. Maybe my return visit will be as a leaf peeper.
- Bucks Lake Wilderness – Plumas National Forest
- Bucks Lake Wilderness – Trails
- Bucks Lake Hiking Association
- Lassen Volcanic National Park – A Complete Hikers Guide by Mike White (Chapter 6).