Long Valley Hot Springs

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

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But the light shone the way out to a valley with hot springs

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The immense mountains of the east sierra were always looming above

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This marble-colored mountain is Laurel mountain I think

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A little better contrast

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More light

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Here was one of my destinations

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The view from above was enough for me, the ravine was 150 feet down

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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

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The springs keep moving, this fence isn’t that old, only a couple years

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The colors were vivid

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You can see some of the bubbling going on in this one

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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

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The creek flows on in a bright green ribbon

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The sky on this side of the state is so immense

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And the land flat

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Such vistas

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This was another destination, supposed to be a hot spring here…

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Oh, here it is, now where is that pool?

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Follow the piping

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And relaxation time!

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Next up: Abandoned mine and amazing views from mammoth lakes

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