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2005 Mammoth Lakes Trip

Day 3 of 4

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Sunday, October 23rd
June Lake Loop, McLeod Lake hike

Aspens on hill

Aspens

Aspens

In the morning, we returned to the June Lake Loop and stopped at a small dirt pullout between Grant Lake and Silver Lake. There's a sign next to a small trail here, simply saying that hikers and cyclists are welcome. There were a few nice stands of yellow aspens on the opposite side of the road, along Rush Creek. Our sights were set on the huge (to me, anyway) grove of yellow aspens climbing up the hillside before us. It's probably the largest grove of yellow aspens I've seen in person, although I'm sure there are others that are bigger (and I plan to seek them out in the coming years).

Aspens

Aspen

Aspens

The grove looked to be near peak, with almost everything yellow and little in the way of bare trees or green leaves. We walked the short trail into the grove, and were glad that we did. The light was beautiful, and the sound of aspen leaves quaking in the wind is calming. The trail inside the grove doesn't actually go very far inside. We tried walking along the small stream here, but it got muddy in places and we didn't go far. Still, it was definitely worth the drive from Mammoth.

Standing under a canopy of yellow aspens

Aspen leaves on the surface of the creek

Aspens

After returning to the lodge for lunch, we headed out on a very short hike to McLeod Lake.


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