Driving from Alturas, CA to Fernley, NV

Driving from Alturas, CA taking US 395 south past Honey Lake to I-80 to Fernley, NV.

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Driving from Alturas, CA to Fernley, NV

This part of Route 395 is a scenic route as you can see from the pictures taken during the drive.

Honey Lake is about half-way between Alturas and Fernley. Honey Lake is an endorheic sink within the Honey Lake Valley located in northeastern California, near the Nevada border. Summer evaporation reduces the lake to a lower level of 12 square kilometers (3,000 acres) and creates an alkali flat. During the Pleistocene, Honey Lake and the entire Honey Lake Valley were part of Lake Lahontan in western Nevada.

Honey Lake

Honey Lake

Honey Lake

Honey Lake

Misc Info: with a lake water level of 4,370 ft a level of approximately 377 ft higher than the 1984 level of Honey Lake. The connection to Lake Lahontan was through Astor Pass north of the Virginia Mountains into Pyramid Lake and through Sand Pass into the Smoke Creek Desert portion of Lake Lahontan to the northeast. Both passes are at approximately 4,100 ft elevation.

Toward the end of the Civil War, the California Volunteer Cavalry used the route from Camp Bidwell (Chico, California) through the Honey Lake and Surprise Valley areas as a line of protection for silver mine output in the Owyhee district of Idaho.

Honey Lake was used as a bombing test range prior to World War II and for ordinance demolition and testing through the war and into the mid 1950s

Honey Lake

Honey Lake

 

Honey Lake Rest Area

Honey Lake Rest Area

A picture of Honey Lake from the rest area on Route 395

The Diamond Mountains

The Diamond Mountains

South of Honey Lake you begin to see The Diamond Mountains

The Diamond Mountains

The Diamond Mountains

The Diamond Mountains are a subrange of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range, located in northeast California. The Diamonds are basically the extreme northeast major ridgeline of the Sierras, where the range transitions north to the Cascades and east to the Great Basin Desert. Because of this geo-diversity, the vicinity has been nicknamed “the crossroads”.

We stayed the night in at the Fernley RV Park, Nevada. The Fernley RV Park is a nice clean park for an overnight stay.

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