Sorry for the gap in posting, I’m sitting on several hundred pictures from this area that I need to pick the best of and categorize. Here is the first round.
I went to the Blue Lakes area of Alpine County, about an hour south of Tahoe. This area is actually P G & E property, because they run the lakes for power. An added revenue stream is the many campgrounds around the lakes, where I stayed. The Mokelumne Wilderness is to the east, towards the crest of the Sierra. This is part of my walk into that wilderness to an alpine lake.
The road is really nice and forested
In late August, an early fall was presaged
The spectacular meadows were all over, this is ‘big meadow’
Don’t you just want to camp here? The campground I used was right behind me. The lake is to the left (for another post)
I took a hike from the campground (elevation 8,000 ft) to Granite Lake (9,000 ft). I ended up going over that ridge
The boulders were strewn all over, with trees scraping out a living, or not
At the base, this one in the middle was over 100 feet tall
It was just so pretty, entering the wilderness
These veins of quartz are what the miners looked for in the motherload
I’m not sue what this red stone is on top of the others
Can you see the hiding giant?
How did it break in half like this?
This one almost looks like a yin-yang symbol
Can you believe the views? Spectacular
This is Granite Lake, nice name, no?
Crystal clear water, super cold in late August
Is that gold in the lake? No, likely pyrite
A little lake in the valley below the blue lakes, P G & E uses all of them, and the water irrigates Calaveras and Amador counties
Another pretty lake from my perch high atop a ridge (views in another post)
A meadow leading into that lake
This tiny lake was so still, it reflected the scenery perfectly
How did these ones become so square?
The most spectacular picture of the trip. I think it will get bigger if you click on it
So, next installment: flowers and fungus or views and lichens?