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Little Lakes ValleySierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2015
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Hiking9.10 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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On the drive into Mammoth Lakes yesterday, I was very disappointed to see that autumn hasn’t quite arrived yet. Sure there was fresh snow above 10,000 feet, but everywhere I looked, most of the aspen were still green. So I figured that I needed to hike somewhere high in hopes that I would see autumn colors. I chose Little Lakes Valley. The entire hike is above 10,000 feet.

The only aspens I saw on the hike were less than a quarter mile in on the hike. There were a few willows, but not many. What there was a lot of was snow. It was quite pretty photographing the various lakes with snow covered mountains in the background.

Early on I stopped at Marsh Lake and shot a time lapse of the clouds racing across the ski. If interested, you can see the time lapse at this link: https://youtube.com ... 5EYk

I would say that the best part of the hike was climbing Morgan Pass and seeing a lot of snow on Mt. Tom in the distance. I had lunch while on the pass and enjoyed the view.

Upper Gem Lake was also pretty spectacular with lots of fish. There was lots of snow to hike through just to get to the Gem Lakes. I like snow hiking, but didn’t expect to hike in this much snow today. All in all, it was a great hike to start off my short trip to Mammoth.
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