|Sent on:||Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:48 PM|
Tony Sarzotti requested some more details regarding the specific places we will be visiting, exploring, and hiking along the Eastern Sierras. Here are a few more details regarding where we will going for those interested. I will also be posting at a later date potential camping and hotel arrangements in the future. The schedule listed below is tentative due to the potential weather conditions and the conditions of the trees during the week we will be going....
Will be spending a couple of days in and around South Lake and North Lake which are located about 20 miles west of the town of Bishop. There are numerous hiking trail possibilities near both of these lakes. Specific hikes will be announced at a later time. Both North and South Lake are about 10,000 feet in elevation and the aspens groves in this region of the Sierras may be the best in the entire Sierras.
Once we leave Bishop we will explore McGee Canyon and Convict Lake Canyon. Both of these canyons and the creeks are lined with huge aspen groves. Convict Canyon is located about five miles south of the town of Mammoth and McGee Canyon is about ten miles south of Mammoth. Both Convict Canyon and McGee Canyon elevation is between 7 and 8 thousand feet. The hike up McGee Canyon is considered maybe the best aspen grove hike in the Sierras. I have hiked this trail several times during the fall and it can be absolutely stunning if you hit it at the right time.
About ten miles north of Mammoth is the June Lake loop which contains numerous groves of aspen. There is really no hiking trails along the June Lake Loop but we may due a drive through the area if the color of the trees in this area are peaking.
From Mammoth we will drive north and explore and hike Lundy Canyon and the the Virginia Lakes area. Lundy Canyon is about 7,OOO feet and provides a great hiking opportunity up the canyon through Aspen groves.Lundy Canyon is located about an hour north of Mammoth or about 20 minutes south of Bridgeport. Virginia Lakes is about an hour and a half north of Mammoth and is about 10,00O feet in elevation. We will probably do both of these hikes and areas in the same day. We will also be passing Mono Lake on the way and may spend some time exploring the famous Mono Lake Tufa reserve.
Since we will be staying in the Mammoth area during the middle of the week we may also choose to do a bit of hiking in the Mammoth area if enough people are interested. Mammoth provides numerous hiking opportunities.