Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Reflections on a Bristlecone Pine Forest

If you have ever spent any time in the Eastern High Sierra mountains you have no doubt heard of the White Mountains and the Bristlecone Pine trees.  We make an annual journey to where you can drive to the parking lot at over 11,000 ft elevation.

One of the tree trunks 
It takes a good 2.5 hours driving from Bishop to get to the Patriarch Grove. Winding roads up to the visitor center then another 45 minutes over dirt roads finds you slowly moving through these magnificent trees, the oldest living things on the planet.  The rocks are amazingly white, and vegetation sparse, yet when you look down close to the ground you find an amazing variety of tiny plants and insects.

Amazing wildflowers at 11,100 ft
Majestic and Very Very Old

We hike amongst the trees and go off trail over to another ridge half mile east.  We only saw 5 other people the whole day we were up there.  so close to the sky.  Truly a wonderous place on the planet.

Reflection on Sraddha's sunglasses.  That's me taking picture

More photos to come when I have time to process.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mono Pass hike.

Saturday we hiked up to Mono Pass from Rock Creek Lakes trailhead. Mini Pass elevation is 12,060 and trail is 9 miles round trip.
On descent we stopped at Ruby lake 11,200 ft.