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)
An immature pine cone growing
This pine was well rooted, but clearly in a precarious position
This is the remains of one of those types of trees , so gnarled
This rock face was easily 200 feet tall, that was a large tree in the center
All the way up
The back side, almost looks like a slide
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.
The native Washoe people would have used this as a grinding stone, a very cool discovery
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:
I went back because the other, smaller lakes I passed were much more picturesque, no?
This is an unnamed lake around Tamarack Lake
Nice and long
With an island in the middle, can you see it?
This was glassy-clear Lily-Pad Lake, which gets its name from those lilies from the picture below Upper Sunset Lake above
The vistas to the east were really nice, but not as good as up near Granite Lake further west
The Nipple, a mountain in the area (real name, honest)
On the road out of the Blue Lakes area of Alpine County (Sunset Lakes are a spur off of this road)
Hints of fall, back in August
But snow still clung to the highest peaks
As a thunderstorm closed in, here is Silver Lake
So what’s next? Feather Falls? Calaveras Big Trees fungi? SF modern and old? Let me know in the comments.