Carson Pass Pt. 1 – Vistas and Alpine Lakes

I went up to Carson Pass, just off highway 88 at the top of Alpine county, back in July and was treated to a peak display of wildflowers on my way to Winnemucca Lake at 9,000 feet.

I’ll have the wildflowers for you later, but for now, here are the amazing vistas I came across. This is the roof of the forest service¬†station, repeatedly damaged by lightning strikes

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A pair of conifers greet you on the trailhead

 

 

 

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These quartz veins show what miners were looking for in the motherload to find gold

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The sky and vistas were really nice

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First stop was frog lake just up the trail

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And really spectacular views of the Hope Valley and red lake

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I saw these caves from a huge distance away and wanted to go explore, but too far and steep

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Snow was very light for this time of year

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Elephant’s Back mountain from below

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Here is a remnant from the glaciers, which deposited this large boulder in the meadow

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An island in winnemucca lake

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It was so pretty

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And clear

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Even found a bit of leftover snow in a crevasse

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Elephant’s Back from above

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Can you tell which way the storms come from?

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Ferns eking out a living through the rocks

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Wildflower previews: Columbine

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This is my favorite sierra wildflower ever

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And then came across these beautiful blue butterflies

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They were very cut and fluttery

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Meadow

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The flowers surround you at some points, and this boulder too

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And a final rare flower, shooting star I think

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the end

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