If you've never been to Sand Pond and you have children or you just want a spot to relax with a great view of the Sierra Buttes, this is an absolute must do on your next trip to Sierra County.

The bottom of Sand Pond is made up of smooth fine crushed ore, hence the name, Sand Pond.  It's one of the few places that has virtually no rocks and walking barefoot in the pond is every kids dream as they hunt and chase down tadpoles.

WHAT WILL I FIND THERE:  There are benches and picnic tables with bbq's located at Sand Pond and it makes a great spot to have a picnic with the family and enjoy the spectacular views of the Sierra Buttes.  Parking is available at the pond along with restrooms.

Sand Pond has much to offer visitors from swimming, hiking the Sand Pond Interpretive Trail, hunting tadpoles and frogs, nature viewing and some of the best scenic and wildlife photography.

The interpretive trail there is an easy one to follow and kids will enjoy walking on the wooden planks and so will you.  When I take my daughter on this trail I can't help that I always find myself connecting with her emotionally and talking with her about what it must have been like to be the first people to lay eyes on the wonders and riches of the Tahoe National Forest.

Wildlife is abundant here and not uncommon at all to see deer in the late afternoon and evenings, blue jays, and even an osprey flying around looking for their next meal over Lower Sardine Lake.   Definitely don't forget your camera.  

GETTING THERE:  From Sierra City heading towards Bassetts on Hwy 49 turn left onto Gold Lake Road/Highway. Follow Gold Lake Road for approximately 2 miles until you come to a road on your left called Sardine Lake Road. You'll cross Salmon Creek Bridge and stay to your left following the signs that say, Sardine Lake Road.

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Written by: Stephen Terry, Founder of Hwy 49 Adventures, April 16, 2016 

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If you're interested in lodging in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area consider Salmon Lake Lodge.  It has cabins and tent cabins located across the lake with hiking trails for days.  It's pet friendly and there is a BBQ on the island each week.  Fishing for rainbows and brook trout is fantastic.  Boats, canoes, and kayaks are available for their guests at no charge.  Please consider staying at Salmon Lake Lodge.