Author Archives: George Lamson

Donner Summit in 360 degrees

One of my favorite photographic formats is the 360º panorama which gives one the opportunity to experience the total wrap around view from any given location. Over the years I have accumulated a large collection of these 360º  panos from … Continue reading

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The Winter of 2017 – An Historical Perspective

(Download a pdf of this article) Now that we have all survived the winter of 2017 on Donner Summit, it is time to see how this winter stacks up to those of the past. Donner Summit is famous for its … Continue reading

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Who owns the Summit? – An Update

We asked this same question way back in August of 2011. Much of what was said in that previous post is still true and really worth the read (see this link). Over the years since that post the biggest change … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week – Palisade Falls 6-7-16

This week with the spring melt still in flow we hiked over to see Palisade Falls. While the flow wasn’t at it’s peak, the falls were still spectacular. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spots on … Continue reading

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2016 Schedule for Donner Summit hikes

The schedule for the 2016 summer hikes in conjunction with SLPOA is now available. These hikes are led by George Lamson and Linda Cashion with their three golden retrievers, Calla, Maggie and Lily. The hikes are spread around the Donner … Continue reading

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Castle Peak Trailhead Becomes Public Land

This week it was announced that the US Forest Service has acquired the 408 acres along I80 on which the trailhead to the Castle Peak area is located. The acquistion was facilitated by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week 3/26/16 – View from Mariah

(Click for a larger image) This week we took in the wonderful view from Mariah Pt of the Royal Gorge, Snow Mountain and Devil’s Peak. There is no better view of the headwater area of the North Fork of the … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week 3/15/16 – Winter Wonderland at Donner Summit

Donner Summit has been experiencing a pretty “normal” winter this year as far as snowfall is concerned. We have had some of our biggest storms in March. This weeks picture is right after a big storm that dropped 4 ft … Continue reading

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Yuba Flooding Aftermath

In a previous post the causes of the Yuba River flooding event on January 31st and Febreuar 1st of this year at Donner Summit were discussed. In the aftermath, the damage from the flooding event is now evident. Due to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Flood

  On January 31st, 2016 there was a severe flood on the South Yuba River in the Soda Springs area. The flood inundated Soda Springs Rd at the road bridge and cut off the Serene Lakes community for about 8 … Continue reading

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