Mammoth Lakes – Reflecting on the Pretty

The next stop on my easter sierra adventure was Mammoth Lakes, a series of beautiful lakes on the north side of the mountain. We’ll also head over to a vista point on the way to Devil’s Postpile.

 

Starting off, a dry looking Horseshoe lake

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Other than the volcanic activity described below, not sure what causes the levels to be variable enough for this much bare ground, but apparently the snow melt quickly drains to the lakes below

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The nearby mountains were spectacular

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Those sheer cliffs looked even bigger in person

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This is the southwest face of mammoth

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This is 25 year old tree kill caused by natural gasses coming out of the ground after a series of earthquakes

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This poor cabin is now uninhabitable

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Lots of evidence of continuing activity

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Such as this monitoring well

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The vistas here were nice

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Lots of contrast

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The sugar pine trees were immense, clearly hundreds of years old

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Looking back on the twin lakes

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A little closer

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Little closer

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Can you see the rockfall fan where the cliff has given way

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Down on lake george, the calm waters reflected the verdant and volcanic scenery

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Like wavy glass

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Little island

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Touch of fall color

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On with the trip

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Yikes, what a road I’ll need to head down, but such nice scenery

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Epic for sure

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That rock outcrop below is right where the national monument is, and my final destination on the trip

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More vistas

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The sawtooth ridge

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Mammoth from the west, can you spot the gondola?

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Next up, the wonderful meadows and creeks of Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

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