Faucherie Lake CA

A sunny mid-November day. Nearly a foot of snow had fallen in town, followed by sunny days and the resorts weren’t yet open. We headed out the door for a lazy hike somewhere near and familiar. Stopping for a quick coffee on the way, we flicked open the local paper and remembered somewhere else. It’s a part of the Tahoe National Forest I’d never been to. We drove 20 minutes out of town then turned off the highway. It was only another 20 miles but it took over an hour, driving slowly down rough and bumpy dirt tracks covered in a good layer of heavy snow, breaking trail in the truck the whole way until we could drive no further. Happily, a short hike and Lake Faucherie was revealed. Beautiful rocky mountains reflected in the water on a stunning blue sky day. Hike a little further and find a small waterfall, flowing amongst pine trees in a rocky landscape still covered in patches of fresh white snow. On the high shaded cliffs ice melt is frozen to look like a spectacular tumbling waterfall, the only sunlight it grabs is just a touch of warm late afternoon light. A beautiful surprise and not another soul in sight.

Lightly covered in fresh snow, the rocky mountains of the Sierra Nevada are reflected in the waters of Lake Faucherie with a big blue sky and arch of white clouds above, Lake Faucherie, CaliforniaA footprint path in the snow, through the forest and towards the mountains, Lake Faucherie, California

Lightly covered in fresh snow, the rocky mountains of the Sierra Nevada are reflected in the waters of Lake Faucherie with a big blue sky and arch of white clouds above; A footprint path in the snow, through the forest and towards the mountains.

Low afternoon sun peaks through the pine branches in a rocky snow-covered landscape, with Lake Faucherie and mountains in the distance, Lake Faucherie, California

Low afternoon sun peaks through the pine branches in a rocky snow-covered landscape, with Lake Faucherie and mountains in the distance.

Red grasses at the lakes edge with snowy mountains and a blue sky reflected in its waters, Lake Faucherie, California

Red grasses at the lakes edge with snowy mountains and a blue sky reflected in its waters.

The rough bark of a tree with spots of moss with the lake and snowy mountains behind, Lake Faucherie, CaliforniaPine forest on the edge of the lake reflected in its waters with snowy mountains, a big blue sky and a spray of white clouds, Lake Faucherie, California

The rough bark of a tree with spots of moss with the lake and snowy mountains behind; Pine forest on the edge of the lake reflected in its waters with snowy mountains, a big blue sky and a spray of white clouds.

Snow melts off large angled rocks with a rocky mountain backdrop and stunning frozen waterfalls of ice melt, bathed in the long shadows and warm light of late afternoon, Lake Faucherie, California

Snow melts off large angled rocks with a rocky mountain backdrop and stunning frozen waterfalls of ice melt, bathed in the long shadows and warm light of late afternoon.

Pebbles near the edge of the lake just covered in snow, with red grasses sticking out and a small forested hillside behind, Lake Faucherie, CaliforniaLooking over a creek and tall pine trees to a cliff face with stunning frozen waterfalls of ice melt beneath a cloudy blue sky, Lake Faucherie, California

Pebbles near the edge of the lake just covered in snow, with red grasses sticking out and a small forested hillside behind; Looking over a creek and tall pine trees to a cliff face with stunning frozen waterfalls of ice melt beneath a cloudy blue sky.

A tree with rough bark and feathery bright green leaves in a snowy landscape, Lake Faucherie, California

A tree with rough bark and feathery bright green leaves in a snowy landscape.

Light patches of snow on rocks in the river, bathed in warm afternoon light with a small waterfall behind, Lake Faucherie, CaliforniaA green leafy plant sticks out of the fresh snow in front of pine trees and mountains, Lake Faucherie, California

Light patches of snow on rocks in the river, bathed in warm afternoon light with a small waterfall behind; A green leafy plant sticks out of the fresh snow in front of pine trees and mountains.

A small pine tree grows out of a rocky landscape covered in patches of fresh snow as the sun sinks lower in the sky, Lake Faucherie, California

A small pine tree grows out of a rocky landscape covered in patches of fresh snow as the sun sinks lower in the sky.

A tiny waterfall tumbles over a jagged rock face with small pine trees growing in the cracks, Lake Faucherie, CaliforniaLooking over scrubby plants and boulders in the snow to a waterfall of frozen ice melt on a high cliff face just catching the afternoon light, Lake Faucherie, California

A tiny waterfall tumbles over a jagged rock face with small pine trees growing in the cracks; Looking over scrubby plants and boulders in the snow to a waterfall of frozen ice melt on a high cliff face just catching the afternoon light.

Looking past the branches of a small pine tree to a waterfall, a few patches of snow remaining on the rocks, Lake Faucherie, California

Looking past the branches of a small pine tree to a waterfall, a few patches of snow remaining on the rocks.

The low afternoon sun peaks through a pine branch over a rocky and snowy mountains landscape, Lake Faucherie, California

The low afternoon sun peaks through a pine branch over a rocky and snowy mountains landscape.

Small patches of snow on a stepped rock face with pine trees and shrubs growing from the cracks, Lake Faucherie, CaliforniaA small waterfall under a big blue sky surrounded by pine trees and a light covering of snow, Lake Faucherie, California

Small patches of snow on a stepped rock face with pine trees and shrubs growing from the cracks; A small waterfall under a big blue sky surrounded by pine trees and a light covering of snow.

The mountainous and rocky landscape around Lake Faucherie with fresh snow in the afternoon light, Lake Faucherie, California, Lake Faucherie, California

The mountainous and rocky landscape around Lake Faucherie with fresh snow in the afternoon light.

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