Iron Butterflies and Emma Lake

Just what, you may ask do the two parts of the above title have in common? Not a heckuva lot really, except that after a week of painting wrought iron gates and fencing, ( complete with roses and festive butterflies), in the hot daily sun, I needed to just be by water.  Lake Tahoe is a frantic ant hill of tourists this time of year, so many in fact the spillover has much of the surrounding area almost as crowded. So I chose to go south yet again, down US 395 just past the junction to Sonora  Pass in search of quiet and hydration.  Emma Lake is at the end of an 11 mile dirt road, passing by Obsidian Campground and the trailhead to Burt Canyon along the way.  Most people stop at the latter two and Emma Lake gets few visitors.  No problem with me.  It is humble but easy to get to, being just a one mile hike up a moderately steep trail from the end of the road. It took my backpack and I only 40 minutes to get to the  9350 ft. natural lake,  for a brief but enjoyable overnight stay.

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Heading towards the lake.

Heading up the trail towards the lake.

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10,500 ft.  Mt. Emma.

Afternoon light on 10,500 ft. Mt. Emma.

Hiked up above the lake for a photo op. I camped at the left end of the lake in the shade giving pine trees.

Hiked up a bit higher for a photo op. My camp was at the left end of the lake in the shade giving pine trees.

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Getting close to sunset.

Getting close to sunset.

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There was a kazillion gnats hatched for sunrise the next day. The fish absolutely loved it.

There was a gazillion gnats hatched for sunrise the next day. The fish absolutely loved it. Two lucky fish jumping up to grab a mouthful.

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Early morning fish olympics. You can get an idea of the amount of bugs to munch on. All those dots in the photo are food.

Early morning fish olympics. You can get an idea of the amount of bugs to munch on. All those dots in the photo are food.

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Pack up and ready to go home.

Packed up and ready to go home.

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Mt. Emma and Emma Lake. Early morning.

Mt. Emma and Emma Lake. Early morning.

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Just for fun. This is a view of Mt. Emma from the other side, looking up from Burt Canyon. If you went straight over the top you drop right into Emma Lake.

Just for fun. This is a view of Mt. Emma from the opposite side, looking up from Burt Canyon. If you went straight over the top you would drop right into Emma Lake.

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