Backcountry Travels



Banjos pickin' and pigs squealin'
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, NOVEMBER 6, 2017



Bordering Plumas and Lassen Counties, between the small northern California towns of Westwood and Greenville, Keddie Ridge separates Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Also known as Ridge World, this is a seemingly forgotten piece of remote California backcountry, situated precisely where the Sierra Nevada ends and the Cascade Range begins. The nearest town is Greenville located in Indian Valley, native...
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Purple Rainbows and Virginia GoldensĀ 
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, OCTOBER 17, 2017

Mammoth Lakes

Sitting at 10,338 feet/elevation, south of Red’s Meadow just off the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Lake Virginia nurtures a healthy population of golden trout. And nearby Purple Lake is a high quality rainbow trout fishery. This article chronicles a rainbow and golden trout backpacking trip to these awesome lakes located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. Our trailhead...
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Carson-Iceberg
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, OCTOBER 3, 2017



The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is named for two striking geological features; the Carson River and a distinctive iceberg-shaped granite monolith. But the wilderness is likely best known for encompassing the native range of the Paiute cutthroat trout, one of California’s heritage trout. Silver King Creek and its tiny tributaries are headwaters of the East Fork Carson River, home to the Paiute...
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Golden Trout Grease
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

June Lake Loop

Hang around California long enough, you'll hear Gold Rush tales of unaccomplished miners trying to strike it rich by peddling California Gold Grease. The claim was to rub your body with the grease, then roll down a Mother Lode hill. The gold -- and only gold -- will stick to you. The price was ten dollars per box! Ridiculous as...
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Whiskeytown Kokanee blackened and cast iron cooked!
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, AUGUST 8, 2017

Whiskeytown Reservoir

Two months prior to his assassination, John F. Kennedy traveled to Clear Creek to dedicate the Whiskeytown dam. He spoke high praise for the Central Valley Project, the purpose to benefit agriculture, provide flood protection, power generation, and bookoo recreation. It's the recreation that draws me, like a bug to a porch light -- kokanee fishing to be precise. My cohort,...
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Hell Hole, the Best Kind
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, JULY 28, 2017

Hell Hole Reservoir

If you like camping and fishing in extremely remote locales, Hell Hole Reservoir is for you. It's located in the Eldorado National Forest, reached by very long, sinuous roads, and there's rainbows, browns, mackinaw, and kokanee to fish for. Like many other Sierra lakes, Hell Hole also contains a healthy population of crawdads. My cohort, Kevin Ogg, and I visited Hell...
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