Sunset Lake Hike Pt. 2 – Water, Rocks and Views

The mushrooms were my favorite part of the hike, because, well you’ll see. I did get the chance to photograph some really cool stuff, hope you like.

This was a very large, very old juniper (they have berries you may be familiar with)

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An immature pine cone growing

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This pine was well rooted, but clearly in a precarious position

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This is the remains of one of those types of trees , so gnarled

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This rock face was easily 200 feet tall, that was a large tree in the center

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All the way up

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The back side, almost looks like a slide

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This was the promontory I saw from the trail, which overlooks Upper Sunset Lake (my destination was Lower Sunset Lake). The hike was way harder than I expected, more elevation changes and length than I was expecting.

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The native Washoe people would have used this as a grinding stone, a very cool discovery

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But then I saw my destination, and gave up the rest of the hike. PG&E uses it for water storage, and it was ugly:

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I went back because the other, smaller lakes I passed were much more picturesque, no?

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This is an unnamed lake around Tamarack Lake

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Nice and long

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With an island in the middle, can you see it?

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This was glassy-clear Lily-Pad Lake, which gets its name from those lilies from the picture below Upper Sunset Lake above

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So pretty

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The vistas to the east were really nice, but not as good as up near Granite Lake further west

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The Nipple, a mountain in the area (real name, honest)

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On the road out of the Blue Lakes area of Alpine County (Sunset Lakes are a spur off of this road)

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Hints of fall, back in August

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But snow still clung to the highest peaks

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As a thunderstorm closed in, here is Silver Lake

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So what’s next? Feather Falls? Calaveras Big Trees fungi? SF modern and old? Let me know in the comments.

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