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Parker Lake Trail
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2014-10-11  
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Parker Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2014
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.10 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.76 mph
750 ft AEG
 
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This was supposed to be a day of rest after a full day of hiking the day before. The plan was to drive around the June Lake Loop off of HW395 and look for an interesting place to hike the next day. I had only gone a short distance on the Loop starting at the north end when I saw a dirt road heading up to a small canyon. The sign said Parker Lake so I went to investigate. Info from the Inyo Nat Forest visitor center at Mono Lake said this was a short hike so off I went. It was a short and easy hike, ideal for my day off from more strenuous hikes. As the trail ascended up Parker Creek there were good views of Mono Lake. Some of the trees along this trail are quite massive and beautiful - not sure what kind. We don't have them in AZ.

The lake is in a picturesque setting closed in on two sides by high canyon walls carved out by an ancient glacier. Being the middle of the week and late in the season there were only a few people. A couple with two dogs had stopped on the shore of the lake. Three ducks came flying in over the lake and landed about 20 yds off shore. The ducks started cruising towards the two people on shore probably looking for a handout and seemed to be oblivious of the dogs. One of the dogs starting swimming out towards the ducks while the ducks continued on their course towards shore. I started snapping pictures to capture this curious event. The dog and the ducks closed to within just a few feet of each other before the ducks took flight splashing the dog in their haste providing a little entertainment on a quite afternoon.
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Ansel Adams Wilderness Parker Lake
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