On the way south from Mono Lake to the Mammoth Lakes and Mountain area, I stopped off at some hot springs in this geologically active part of eastern California.
All the mountains around here look volcanic in origin, and all of them have some connection to the deep earth
But the light shone the way out to a valley with hot springs
The immense mountains of the east sierra were always looming above
This marble-colored mountain is Laurel mountain I think
A little better contrast
Here was one of my destinations
The view from above was enough for me, the ravine was 150 feet down
These springs are boiling hot and you can’t use them without getting burnt or killed, but in the past, it was less active and many people bathed here
The springs keep moving, this fence isn’t that old, only a couple years
The colors were vivid
You can see some of the bubbling going on in this one
The river here, or creek, flows past the area and this is one place you could potentially swim, but you can see some bubbles here too, indicating unstable volcanic activity and danger
The creek flows on in a bright green ribbon
The sky on this side of the state is so immense
And the land flat
This was another destination, supposed to be a hot spring here…
Oh, here it is, now where is that pool?
Follow the piping
And relaxation time!
Next up: Abandoned mine and amazing views from mammoth lakes