“Buried amid the sublime passes of the Sierra Nevada are old men, who, when children, strayed away from our crowded settlements, and, gradually moving farther and farther from civilization, have in time become domiciliated among the wild beasts…”

—T.D. Bonner, The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, 1885

Here’s a little photo series taken in the Plumas National Forest, in a beautiful area called the Lost Sierra, filled with forests, alpine lakes and rugged peaks. The area was a prime spot of the Gold Rush in the late 19th century. It was also the home of the Maidu and Washoe people prior to it. Today, many old buildings remain and cute little towns, like Downieville (pictured in this series). And lots of trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail coming through.