Granite Lake – Boulders in Alpine County

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

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In late August, an early fall was presaged

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The spectacular meadows were all over, this is ‘big meadow’

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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)

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I took a hike from the campground (elevation 8,000 ft) to Granite Lake (9,000 ft). I ended up going over that ridge

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The boulders were strewn all over, with trees scraping out a living, or not

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At the base, this one in the middle was over 100 feet tall

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It was just so pretty, entering the wilderness

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A creek

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These veins of quartz are what the miners looked for in the motherload

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I’m not sue what this red stone is on top of the others

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Can you see the hiding giant?

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How did it break in half like this?

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This one almost looks like a yin-yang symbol

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Can you believe the views? Spectacular

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This is Granite Lake, nice name, no?

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Crystal clear water, super cold in late August

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Is that gold in the lake? No, likely pyrite

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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

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Another pretty lake from my perch high atop a ridge (views in another post)

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A meadow leading into that lake

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This tiny lake was so still, it reflected the scenery perfectly

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How did these ones become so square?

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The most spectacular picture of the trip. I think it will get bigger if you click on it

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So, next installment: flowers and fungus or views and lichens?

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One Response to Granite Lake – Boulders in Alpine County

  1. Mary says:

    Beautiful pictures! Take me with you next time!

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