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Old 06-16-2008, 11:31 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Anyone have pics of the cable rigging over the swimming hole? If you are in the Springs & cross the river & hike over a couple ridges there is a cool swimming hole. I would assume it was for mining. When I see it my mind wanders thinking about the hardy folks that installed it and what their lifestyle was like.
Is this place you speak of on the Rubicon River? I don't recall it and I've crawled over most of the rocks up there.

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It was for the utility Company that managed the area before SMUD. I have a pic somewhere........................
Before SMUD, Loon Lake was owned by the Georgetown Water Company, The Loon Lake Water & Power Company and the California Water Company in that order. Pretty much all of their stuff came off Gerle Creek. That was back in the olden dayz when us GDL's drank ditch water.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:48 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Is this place you speak of on the Rubicon River? I don't recall it and I've crawled over most of the rocks up there.



Before SMUD, Loon Lake was owned by the Georgetown Water Company, The Loon Lake Water & Power Company and the California Water Company in that order. Pretty much all of their stuff came off Gerle Creek. That was back in the olden dayz when us GDL's drank ditch water.

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Old 06-21-2008, 08:53 AM   #103 (permalink)
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That's it.

How & when did the power company use it?
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:05 AM   #104 (permalink)
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Depending on the water level, you can see the tunnel that connects to Buck,
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A bit off topic - is this tunnel large and smooth?!!! I always wondered if there is a full pipe to be skateboarded up there...I heard of some people skating that system, but thought they were closer to Sacramento.
Guess I'll bring my skateboard in July and go find out!

If anyone has seen access like this, please let me know!
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It definitely isn't skateable -- the bottom is almost always under water, since Buck outflows to Loon, and it is hard-rock tunnel with no finish. Nothing like skating the Glory Hole outlet of Berryessa. A canoe works better than a board.

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It definitely isn't skateable -- the bottom is almost always under water, since Buck outflows to Loon, and it is hard-rock tunnel with no finish. Nothing like skating the Glory Hole outlet of Berryessa. A canoe works better than a board.
Randy!!! You just eliminated a potential scene from Jacka$$ the Movie Part 3. Thanks alot!
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:47 PM   #107 (permalink)
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It definitely isn't skateable -- the bottom is almost always under water, since Buck outflows to Loon, and it is hard-rock tunnel with no finish. Nothing like skating the Glory Hole outlet of Berryessa. A canoe works better than a board.

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Thanks for the answer Randii - appreciated.
Yep, Glory Hole is the best I've skated so far....I know that Salba and some of the boys skated one of the systems somewhere up here - still trying to figure out which one it was.

OH - and F jackass - Bam's a slovenly piece of poop!!!!

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I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but I just found it for the first time yesturday.
McKinstry Lake:

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Old 07-06-2008, 04:49 PM   #109 (permalink)
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When Wentworth Springs resort was operating we used to hike to McKinstry and spend the day. The fishing there used to be great. We would always come back with dinner and some for breakfast and to share. When they started logging up there the fish all but disapeared. I rember being up there in my dads Jeep arround 1961 or 62 , we came up from Ellis Creek, it was the 4th of july and it hailed so hard that tree branches were broken and the jeep hood was dented. The hail only lasted for about 5 minutes but it was sure something to experience.
From McKinstry you can go to the ridge and look down on to Hell Hole about where the Rubicon comes in and the hike back to Wentworth Springs public camp ground you can find some old Indian sites where they may have made arrow heads or something , lots of obsidian chips and some broken arrow heads.

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Old 07-06-2008, 10:59 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Awesome picture. Looks to be 50's early 60's. Am I right. I love the board falling down over the 2nd story window, I bet there was a lot of wood burnt to keep that place warm. It also reminds us that these places where accessable by "real" passanger cars back in the day. Not no fufu plastic Rav4, but a 4000 pound Detroit tank.

Any other cool photos like this one?
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:28 AM   #111 (permalink)
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The photo is from the Wentworth Springs web site. Not sure of the year. My first time to Wentworth Springs ,1951 , I was 5 , my family amd I stayed in that front room with the plank missing. They sold gas there , candy bars and a few canned goods. We were driving in a new 1951 Oldsmobile.
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glacial hole...
I don't think those are caused by glaciers. They are VERY common in the granite along the South Yuba River in Nevada County. They are caused by the water rushing by and swirling the rocks and sand inside and the hole grows (erosion). They vary from tiny, to big enough to fit a suburban inside (nice swimming holes). There is a set near the town of Washington in a tributary that cascade 3 or 4 suburban-sized holes with 'water slides' between them, 10-15' between each level. The top 2 or 3 aren't real deep, but the last one I've yet to find the bottom of. I'd guess 15-20' deep, probably 15' diameter. There is also a small one near hwy49 that I call the 'washing machine.' Water swirls in it year round and if you get in the fetal position (and protect your head), it will "tumble" you over and over until you stick your feet out to stop. There are hundreds (thousands?) of them of various sizes out there.

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Maybe cool, maybe not.

We hiked up to the top of the hill (West side) overlooking Buck. While hiking over the slabs we saw a huge over grown squirrel standing on its back legs and looking at us from 20 ft away. When I say overgrown I swear this thing was 20lbs. He was just chilllin but watching us closely for his safety. A little later on the hike my friend saw another huge squirrel that looked just like the first.

After many camp fire stories about the squirrels I got back to the PC this morning to find that they were actually Yellow-Bellied Marmots. Very cool, one of them lived about 100 yards from our camp. You could tell he lived there by all of the waste around his/her house. After all the years of I have been on the slabs in that area I had never seen one. They seem to like to live in the cracks in the granite.

Here is a pic, not my pic but one I got off of the net. No joke the Marmot I saw was at least 24".

There are a couple of marmots living next to the lily pond behind/below little sluice (the other direction from 1000 dollar hill, kind of near winter camp). I didn't see them last trip, but like you say, you can see their evidence- digging, droppings, etc. I've got some pics of them at home from last year.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:36 PM   #113 (permalink)
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There are several of these "water holes" at the top of Bassi Falls.
The fishing isnt too bad up there also.
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:50 PM   #114 (permalink)
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i love the old pix of the WWS area-- help me here: we'll be driving in this thrusday headed for ellis then into RS friday. i know ofthe A frame cabin on left, but perhaps u can help me locate the site for the old hotel? left or right? before or after the A-frame? Etc?

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Hotel was on the left, before the A frame, before the mineral spring, accross the road from the bench mark in the granite. There is a small spring fed creek just as you enter the resort area , the hotel was a few hundred feet past the creek on the left.
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There are a couple of marmots living next to the lily pond behind/below little sluice (the other direction from 1000 dollar hill, kind of near winter camp). I didn't see them last trip, but like you say, you can see their evidence- digging, droppings, etc. I've got some pics of them at home from last year.

We saw one hanging by the Big Tree at LS couple a weeks ago on a Sunday. Thanks to the board I knew what it was!
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I needed to see these again! any one have any to add?
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You guys would make great tour guides. Let me know if you ever decide to do a hike(or wheel-hike expedition), I'd love to tag along and just listen and learn about the history and everything else.
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Old 03-14-2009, 02:37 AM   #120 (permalink)
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It took me a while to dig this up... if you ever want to run the WHOLE SMUD haul road, you'll need to pack a lunch. I've done part of it, and plan to do more of it this summer...
https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=103797

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Here's a medium sized map that shows one of the old SMUD access roads (North is to the right). Originally, you could wheel into Rockbound and Rubicon Res. There was also another road punched in from Van Vleck's airstrip in the upper left corner of the map. This road was an evacuation route in case someone got injured during construction of the UARP.

Access to Rockbound Valley, Rockbound Lake, Fox Lake, Rubicon Res and Onion Valley. was blocked off in 1968 or 1969.
Credit to Bob Starks for the map!

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I cannt wait for summer! I just reread this article.



http://www.gerlecreek.com/documents/...rthsprings.htm

Might have to head up next month.
Id love to see some old photos of Jeeps at Rubicon Res, and Rockbound if they exist. Or even construction photos of the dams.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:51 AM   #122 (permalink)
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bump for this thread.. Just read the whole thing.. I too am always looking for cool things to hike too.. This weekend the boys and I will do some exploring.. thanks
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Anyone visit the Robbs Peak fire lookout?

http://nhlr.org/Lookouts/each_lookou...ch_lookout=599

I just read about these lookouts in the AAA magazine. Some of them are rentable like the one above. Could be a cool place to stay for a weekend. There are a bunch of other ones throughout CA.
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we'll be on the trail this w/e-- look for the scramblers and other long jeeps. CB 8 or 16 and of course the spider repeater!

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will do.. We will be running in from tahoe thursday morning .. black IFS runner with kayak on top, Big Red Fullsize Bronco with 47's, linked out runner.
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