Sardine Lake Resort is on the end - over to the right; best dining in the area. The ridge along the horizon straight ahead is hike-able and awesome. The dark ridge straight ahead is a mile away and conceals Upper Sardine Lake...
Walk west from Sand Pond and you come to Lower Sardine Lake, just a totally beautiful place. This is a popular fishing lake with no swimming allowed. The water's so clear that at noon you can see to the bottom; it's like fishing in an aquarium.
Upper Sardine Lake: Takes
only a short hike to get to. This is a pure glacial bowl; the
rock plunges straight into the water, no beach at all. Great
fishing; ice-cold swimming. Due north of Sierra
City about 15 minutes. Tahoe
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Due to the ongoing, epic wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service (Pacific Southwest Region) is temporary closing of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from September 1-17, 2021. NOTE: This order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not included in the Pacific Southwest Region.
Most National Parks, California State Parks, County Parks and BLM lands are still open for recreation. Since Humboldt-Toiyabe (in the Eastern Sierra) is the only forest still open, we will be promoting this location during this month. Although, the Tamarack Fire is still active in the region at 82% containment.
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