Leaf Peeping in Plumas County

by Sherri on October 14, 2008

Fall color on the Little Truckee River, Truckee, California.











Sometimes the best laid plans don’t pan out. That was the experience Jeff & I just had, during our fall colors trip to Plumas County last week.

If you’ve been following this Photo Blog for awhile, you have been reading about our recent Northeastern California Road Trip we took back in August. In fact, I’m still writing about it.

We fell in love with Plumas County and decided to return in October for an “Awesome Autumn” tour, which this area is known for. Unfortunately, we arrived a little too early. I did my homework. I followed the Awesome Autumn Leaf Peeper Blog for Plumas County. It was recommended to wait a week or so for “peak color,” but that wasn’t something we could do. We went anyway, but it was a huge disappointment. I really expected to see more intense color like we witnessed in Mono County on previous trips. But, that just wasn’t going to happen on this trip. As it turns out, the best color we saw during our nearly 400-mile trip was on the Little Truckee River in Sierra County (see photo above).

For anyone looking for a great “dog friendly” place to stay in Plumas County while you check out the fall colors, we highly recommend the Sierra Sky Lodge. That was the highlight of our trip!

Since the highlight of our trip was our stay at Sierra Sky Lodge, I decided to include several photos I took during our 1 night stay there.

The Sierra Sky Lodge as seen if you are coming from Quincy.











The research I did to locate this place really paid off. The owners and staff of the Sierra Sky Lodge are really friendly and helpful and the rates are very reasonable.

Cabin #1, our “dog friendly” cabin for the night.











The cabin we stayed in was cozy and rustic, just like we like them. It had a fireplace and the most comfortable bed we’ve slept in for a long time. This place actually reminded us of home. That is something we look for, when we’re not camping.

Jeff looking over a Plumas County travel guide.
















Looking toward our cabin at the far end.












Sierra Sky Lodge at night. Our cabin is on the far end.













The next time we visit Plumas County and we are not camping, we will definitely return to Sierra Sky Lodge!

By the way, our dog Cocoa rates this place four out of four paws on the Paws Scale. If you don’t know about the Paws Scale, check out the California Dog Lover’s Companion Guidebook by Maria Goodavage.

Happy Leaf Peeping!


1 Wendy Yates October 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Thank You! Love the photos. It was a real pleasure meeting you and talking. I know we will have lots to talk about when you return.
Sincerely, Wendy Yates
Proud Owner of the Sierra Sky Lodge

2 Sherri October 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Hi Wendy,

I’m glad you like the photos. We really enjoyed meeting you too and kicking back in cabin #1. We even got snowed on while we were there.

I hope you have a “full house” during the next few weeks. You have the perfect location for people visiting the area who want to enjoy leaf peeping, hunting, fishing, hiking and more.

Thanks again for a great time!

Sherri (Jeff & Cocoa too!)

3 Richard Wong October 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I really like this series of photos Sherri. It feels very homey just like the Gold Country is.

4 Sherri Meyer October 16, 2008 at 5:12 am

Thanks Richard. I’m glad I was able to portray this place as “homey” in my photos, because that is the way it really was.

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