Springtime at Black Butte Lake

Springtime at Black Butte Lake

April 2019

Black Butte Lake is an artificial lake located in Tehama and Glenn counties in the U.S. state of California. The lake was formed from Stony Creek in 1963 upon the completion of Black Butte Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam is located approximately 9 miles west of Orland.

Tucson Snowstorm 2019

Tucson Snowstorm 2019

 

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located on the west flank of the Tucson Mountains. Much of the range is protected by Saguaro National Park and Tucson Mountain County Park. Old Tucson Studios are located just west of the Tucson Mountains.

Tucson Mountain Park was established April 1929. The Pima County Parks Commission, with C. B. Brown as its chairman, was established to oversee the park. At approximately 20,000 acres (8,100 ha), the park is one of the largest natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government in the U.S. The park has approximately 62 miles (100 km) of non-motorized shared-use trails. The area is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

Saguaro National Park was created as a National Monument in 1933 and later designated a national park in 1994.[3] The Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,180 ft to 4,687 ft and contains 2 biotic communities, desert scrub, and desert grassland. Average annual precipitation is approximately 10.27 in. Common wildlife include the coyote, Gambel’s quail, and desert tortoise.[4]

According to historian David Leighton, Brown Mountain in Tucson Mountain Park, is named in honor of park founder, C.B. Brown, Kinney Road the main thoroughfare in the park, is named for Pima County Supervisor, Jack C. Kinney who worked with Brown in the creation of the park and McCain Loop was named for J.C. McCain, the first park ranger.

Magee Peak view – Thousand Lakes Wilderness

Magee Peak view – Thousand Lakes Wilderness

To reach the summit of Magee peak… is not an easy hike, but it is very rewarding once you get to the top. 360 degree views of wilderness and mountain peaks, if the clouds cooperate you will get astounding views of Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak and more. If you haven’t seen this area put it on your bucket list, but plan ahead, check weather forecast and pack smartly.

Lassen National Forest website link:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lassen/recarea/?recid=64877