Today I drove through part of the Angora Fire burn area on my way home from hiking. I’ve seen part of it every day from my office window, but I have to admit that seeing it up close from the road shows just how devastating it really was. I only went over Tahoe Mountain Road from Fallen Leaf Lake Road – I did not pass through the residential streets simply because I have a deep loathing for lookie-loos – and that, frankly, was enough.
The ground has been treated with what looks to be wood chips (an erosion prevention measure?), obscuring any trails that were there before. The Gun trail turnoff was no longer visible from the road, and seeing that made me realize it will be a long time before we can ride that again.