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Tahoe National Forest, Downieville

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Forest · Nature / Park
Tahoe National Forest is a United States National Forest located in California, northwest of Lake Tahoe. It includes the 8,587-foot (2,617 m) peak of Sierra Buttes, near Sierra City, which has views of Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta. It is located in parts of six counties: Sierra, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Plumas and El Dorado. The forest has a total area of 871,495 acres (1,362 sq mi; 3,527 km2). Its headquarters is in Nevada City, California. There are local ranger district offices in Camptonville, Foresthill, Sierraville and Truckee.
Tahoe National Forest has many natural and man-made resources for the enjoyment of its visitors, including hundreds of lakes and reservoirs (most notably Boca Reservoir), river canyons carving through granite bedrock, and many miles of trails including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. The National Wilderness Preservation System's Granite Chief Wilderness is close by to Tahoe City, where many trails branch out into the Wilderness.

The forest also serves as the water supply headwaters for the towns of Lincoln, Auburn and Rocklin. Reno, Nevada and Sparks, Nevada also receive their water from the Truckee River which runs through both cities on its way to its terminus at Pyramid Lake. It is also home to three wolverines.
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  • We had a great time in Tahoe National Forest. This is a large forest with lots of things to do in the Sierra Mountains We had a wonderful time doing a hike, seeing Lake Tahoe, and spending time...  more »
  • This park has beautiful views and excellent roads to drive down. The roads are smooth from entrance up through Yuba Pass and down to Truckee. I highly suggest making a full day of it.  more »
  • I have had the privilege of working for " the Tahoe" 2X. Never had a bad day there. How many people can say that about their place of employment? Conscientious people there. Strictly abiding by both the laws and the rules, but keeping it light hearted and looking at the funny side of things. Overall, just the best experiences I've ever had in the working world.
  • Most beautiful place on Earth!!

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