Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hiking at Mosquito Flats, Eastern Sierras

My blog has been on hiatus the entire year. We just got back from a week in the Eastern Sierras, though, and there is so much good stuff to share I got inspired to start posting again!

We went to some new places this time--first, Mosquito Flats, well known to Eastern Sierra lovers for its scenic beauty. It's the highest trailhead you can park at, over 10,000 feet. To get there, you take the road to Tom's Place/Rock Creek Canyon off 395 and keep driving until you reach the top. (The last section of road is one-way with pullouts for passing.) We got lucky--the parking lot was full but a family was just leaving--we waited for them and got their spot right near the start of the trail.

Temperatures were in the 60s, brilliant sunshine with clouds...a perfect day. Our intention was to just wander up the stream a little ways. Then we found out from a hiker with a friendly dog that there were three lakes within a short distance up the trail...and that the third lake was the one with the view. That was enough to get us going.

We were amazed at how many wildflowers were still out. Color everywhere we looked!

Parts of the trail were steep and rocky, but we did make it to the third lake, which was stunningly beautiful. The sun came out from behind a cloud and lit up the marshes around the lake in a brilliant gold color. The picture really doesn't do it justice.

Everyone is talking about what a dry year it's been in the Sierras. We get that, but we have to say, it did us desert dwellers a world of good to see this much water. We spotted baby trout in the stream, too.