Back Side of Mammoth Mountain

Once over that vista point the road descends very steeply and as one single lane with epic drop-offs into a valley to the west of Mammoth Mountain. Here we head into Kennedy Meadow and then on to the trail to Rainbow Falls.

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The meadow was dry, due to the late September date, but surrounded by beauty

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From one end

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To the other, it was spectacular

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There was in fact a stream running through it, through the drought

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Which allowed these wildflowers to still be out, like larkspur

 

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And yarrow

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I think these are asters

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But back to the meadow

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The hills around it, mountains really, were just starting to have some spectacular color

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Better when zoomed in

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But the drought had claimed some victims

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And these

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These however, were felled by and even hotter menace

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A massive fire in the mid 1990’s devastated the area on the way to rainbow falls

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But as you can see, some regrowth was happening

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As the forest reclaims this area, you can see the summit station at the top of Mammoth

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This tree had really mesmerizing bark

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Looking across the valley, you could see a peculiar rock outcrop

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It is quite prominent here, that pair of trees on top is really cool. This is the formation that makes up Devil’s Postpile National Monument

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A bracken fern forest goes golden for the fall

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And then I reached the wilderness, one of the easier hikes into one I’ve had

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The wildflowers in the burn area are spectacular in the spring, but I also found this one in the fall

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A real prize view of the aspen grove turning a vibrant yellow

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Mammoth Mountain from the south-west

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Next time, the Rainbow Falls and Devil’s Postpile close up.

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