username
X
password
register help

Sand Pond Loop, CA

details
drive
no permit
forecast
route
stats
photos
triplog
topics
location
10 1 0
Guide 1 Triplog  0 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Northern
Rated
2
2 of 5 by 1
 
0
Statistics
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,777 feet
Elevation Gain 40 feet
Accumulated Gain 60 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.3
Interest Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible & Connecting
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
editedit > ops > dogs to adjust
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
10  2009-09-18 AZLOT69
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar
Expand Map
Preferred   Jun, Sep, May, Oct → 5 PM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:49am - 4:46pm
openimportsetbegin
Route Scout App
2290followactivity
Official Route
 
0 Linked
 
Water
Nearby Area Water
Sardine Overlook Trail
0.3 mi away
4.6 mi
700 ft
Look Out - Sierra Buttes
0.5 mi away
11.0 mi
3,200 ft
Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail
0.7 mi away
7.0 mi
1,550 ft
Sierra Buttes Lookout
Sierra Buttes Lookout
2.4 mi away
2.3 mi
1,847 ft
Sunrise Trail
2.4 mi away
2.0 mi
800 ft
Lower Salmon Lake Trail
2.5 mi away
1.0 mi
Loves Falls Trail
2.6 mi away
SR49 Sierra Cty to SR70 Beldon Brdg - PCT M
2.9 mi away
91.7 mi
13,024 ft
Upper Salmon Lake Trail to Deer Lake
3.2 mi away
4.0 mi
750 ft
Wild Plum Trail
Wild Plum Trail
3.6 mi away
1.0 mi
460 ft
[ View More! ]
Of Mining Heritage
by AZLOT69

History: This beautiful valley sits in the shadow of the Sierra Buttes. It has been shaped by three historical events. The first being the glacial age. There is evidence of this time in the granite boulders that litter the valley. The second being the mining era, the Young America Mine deposited their tailings in the bottom of the valley. Later, miners excavated some of these mine tailings for further processing which created a depression. The depression eventually filled with water creating Sand Pond. The third event being the migration of beaver to this area. The beaver dammed the Sardine Creek creating a marsh which killed a substantial amount of the trees.


Overview: The Sand Pond Loop exposes evidence of these three events on a family friendly comfortable hike that most have the ability to hike.

Hike: The trailhead is at the sandy beach at Sand Pond which provides a nice swim at the end of the hike. The hike proceeds for a distance along an old flume that once ran 4.5 miles to a mill site in Sierra City, Ca. There is ample shade in this area from old growth forest making it comfortable even in summer. Many boulders liter the trail side and at an opening in the forest the hill side is peppered with boulders the glaciers left behind. The trail now enters a meadow which was obviously a wetland at one time. Dead tree trunks abound. As the trail enters a marsh there is a boardwalk to protect it. This boardwalk passes by several old beaver dams. A wooden bridge brings you over Sardine Creek. With fresh clear water flowing, show a little patience and you are sure to see some wild life. The trail leaves the boardwalk back into old growth forest as it returns to Sand Pond. There are restrooms and a change house at the trailhead to facilitate water recreation.

AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    None


    Directions
    Map Drive
    or
    Road
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    On Highway 49, approximately five miles east of Sierra City, turn north onto Gold Lake Highway at Bassetts Station. Continue for about 1.4 miles, turn left at Salmon Creek bridge, and proceed west toward Sardine Lake for approximately one mile to the Sand Pond Swim Area parking lot.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Sep 21 2009 7:13 pm
    help comment issue

    end of page marker