Lakes of Eastern Sierra Nevada

Photographing various lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region in California.

High Desert and Tall Mountains

The eastern part of California is like an alien world. Much of it is a high-altitude desert dotted with mountains, dry lakes, and mines. The rest of it is dominated by the Sierra Nevada mountains. A few mountain passes -- Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass -- cross the mountains from the Central Valley to the Eastern Sierra. On the eastern side of the mountains, along Highway 395, there are many opportunities for hiking. Many of them lead to alpine or sub-alpine lakes. Others lead to strange geological sites. Every year I spend a few weekends camping and hiking there. Here are some photos from one such trip in the Mono Lake region of Eastern Sierra.

Map of California with a detailed view of the Eastern Sierra Nevada region.

Map of California with a detailed view of the Eastern Sierra Nevada region.

Photo of Mono Lake region. Summer.

Mono Lake. Summer.

Photo of Mono Lake tufas. Summer.

Tufas in Mono Lake. Summer.

Photo of Mono Lake at sunset. Summer.

Mono Lake at sunset. Summer.

Photo of Mono Lake. Summer.

Mono Lake. Summer.

Photo of Mono Lake. Summer.

Mono Lake. Summer.

Photo of Mono Lake. Summer.

Mono Lake. Summer.

June Lake

The region west of Highway 395 between Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes has many outdoor opportunities. There are several lakes, hot springs, and hiking trails. Naturally, this area is rather well developed. There are many resorts, hotels, and campgrounds in the area. However, the landscape is so vast, it is easy to find solitude.

Photo of a lake in June Lake loop area. Summer.

A lake in June Lake loop area. Summer.

Photo of a lake in June Lake loop area. Summer.

A lake in June Lake loop area. Summer.

Photo of a lake in June Lake loop area. Summer.

A lake in June Lake loop area. Summer.

Photo of a geological site near Mammoth Lakes. Summer.

A geological site in the Mammoth Lakes area. Summer.

Virginia Lakes

Virginia Lakes is a high-altitude series of lakes near Bridgeport, California. Some of the lakes can be accessed by relatively short hikes. The water in these lakes is deep blue and clear. It reminded me of Crater Lake.

Photo of a lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

A lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

Photo of a lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

A lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

Photo of a lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

A lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

Photo of a lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

A lake in Virginia Lakes area. Summer.

Sonora Pass

Photo of the plains from Sonora Pass. Summer.

Plains below the Sonora Pass. Summer.

Photo of aan unnamed peak above Sonora Pass. Summer.

An unknown peak above Sonora Pass. Summer.

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