- On Sat Dec 8, I drove up into the mountains north of Lake Pillsbury to
see what birds were about and how high I could get the Accord before the
snow stopped me. Started off by driving up Panther Ridge along Hull
Creek. I had one TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in Lake County at 3,750'. I was
able to drive on up to 3,850' before the snow stopped me. Since I was
very close to the Mendo county line I decided to walk up the road. At
4,030' in Mendo county I had a second TOSO. I continued to walk further
up the road but the snow began to get quite deep and after about a
quarter mile I suddenly realized I had been following bear tracks in the
snow. After discovering bear scat in the middle of the road (yes, bears
do poop in the woods) I needed no further encouragement to turn around
and head back to the car.
On my way out I decided to try Boardman Ridge. I got a little higher
here due to the south facing slope but still had to turn around at
4,200'. If you're interested, with 4WD one can easily get higher.