The North State has seen a strong series of storms pass through the region, dropping lots of snow and rain along the way. Not only has snow fallen on the higher elevations but it has come in abundance at the lower elevations as well. This is an enormous blessing for the entire state since the water that falls up here is, through the agency of federal Central Valley Project, distributed throughout the rest of California. Up until the last few days, most of the precipitation has fallen as snow. Then, on Sunday, the temperature rose and a hard, sustained rain began to fall. Though there were breaks in the storm, this continued for three days. Other than a hot day, nothing melts snow like a warm rain and melt the snow has. While the high elevation areas still have plenty of snow, the lower areas have seen a significant decrease in the amount of accumulated snow. Here are two images of my backyard as an example. The first is from last Friday, the 15th. The second is from this morning, the 20th.
The gullies, streams, creeks and rivers are all swollen with run off at this time. Whether or not it is still raining, now is a great time to get out and hike along one of the trails that flank a creek or river. The allure of raging water is difficult to deny. Those along the Sacramento River are particularly dramatic and none may be more so than the short trail along Hedge Creek. The falls are engorged, with numerous secondary cataracts cascading over the columnar basalt. The trail behind the falls is still passable and the creek below the falls is a swirling monster of fast moving water. The overlook above the river gives an excellent perspective on the Sacramento River.
The fury of the water is humbling. The pounding as it hits the rocks, the thunder of the impact and the spray thrown from the falls is quite impressive. Getting closer to the Sacramento River is also a worthy experience. Where the falls are kinetic and loud, the river is surging and almost quiet in its enormous power. It is almost understated, but standing next to it, feeling the pulsing drive of the water is exhilarating.
Despite the hard rain, there have been times over the last couple days when the clouds cleared and Mount Shasta was visible again. That was the time to get out, carry on, and enjoy the white mountain once again.
Awww! Your son is riding Whisperer! I board my horse at that ranch. I love your articles and photos of the hikes and beauty that surrounds us in this area. Thanks for doing what you do!
That is indeed Whisper! My son loves riding there and you sure can’t argue with the view!
Looking forward to getting up there and exploring this weekend. Love how you describe the powerful force of the water. Can’t wait to share space with that flow.
I hope you have a good weekend up here! It look like we may get a bit of snow, some rain and some sun too.
The Applegate River is roaring as well. Although far smaller than the Sacramento, you can feel the same power. I enjoyed your descriptions and photos. -Curt
I know! The Applegate flows through my cousin’s property just west of Murphy and he said it looks great right now. That river sure needs it too!
It runs through the front of our property as well, and it is running! Hopefully for us, and you, all the rain and snow will translate into a break in the drought. –Curt
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