Looking Down to Summit Lake

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summit lake, Hoover Wilderness.  Photo by bruce czopek

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Looking west to 10,200 ft Summit Lake in the Hoover Wildernes. The photo is from a recent hike up Virginia Lakes Trail.  The 11,120 ft. pass between Virginia Lakes and Summit Lake is only 2.5 miles from the Virginia Lake Trailhead. A very popular day hike.  I hiked off the pass just a bit to get a good angle on the lake. Definitely click to enlarge.

A Reminder Etched in Granite

As I recoup from recent surgery, the  nerves that communicate between my brain and legs and various below the belt activities  are waking up and remembering how to play well with one another. They are off to a good start and hopefully continue.  I am slowly working on walking further each day and learning the body’s limits as the healing progresses.  Although  the jury is still out I am ever the optimist that backpacking will once again be part of my life.  Not this year perhaps but I am looking forward to once again going walkabout in the Sierra Nevada.   In the meantime one of my all time favorite mountain photos shines on as my screensaver, a reminder of how glorious nature can be and an encouragement to be persistent and patient.  You can click on the photo to enlarge.

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Buckey Ridge, Hoover Wilderness.  Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Plodasaurus Rex

Moving at only a slightly faster rate  than the glaciers that carved the Yosemite and Hoover Wilderness,  I just finished my first backpack trip of the season. I intend to get a bumper sticker to put on my pack for all those to read who zoom by me on the trail.  It shall read:  “Plodasaurus Rex”.  I plod on brightly and indeed get to someplace….eventually.

The Robinson Creek loop outside Bridgeport is a very popular trail though nobody would call it an easy one. But it is immensely rewarding in grandeur and serenity, weaving  the wilderness magic that at once challenges and calms and nourishes the soul.

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While getting my wilderness permit at the Bridgeport Ranger Station, these pack llamas were awaiting their hiking partners the same.

While getting my wilderness permit at the Bridgeport Ranger Station, these pack llamas were awaiting their hiking partners who were doing the same.

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Robinson Lake.

Robinson Lake.

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Heading toward Crown Lake.   Crown Point in the distance.

Heading away from Robinson Lake toward Crown Lake. Crown Point in the distance.

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A tree with personality.

A tree with personality.

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A granite Cathedral past Crown Lake on the way to Rock Island Pass.

Past Crown Lake on the way to Rock Island Pass.

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First light, second day.

First light, second day.

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Stayed the night below the switch backs that lead to Snow Lake and Rock Island Pass. Broke in a new 1.2 lb tent. Lighter equipment, happier knees.

Stayed the night below the switchbacks that lead to Snow Lake and Rock Island Pass. Broke in a new 18 oz. tent. Lighter equipment, happier knees.

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Hanging On.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

Along the switchbacks a ribbon of snow hangs on.

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Snow Lake.

Snow Lake.

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The wonderfully surreal, Snow Lake.

The wonderfully surreal Snow Lake.

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Several miles below snow lake and Rock Island pass is Kerrick Meadows  a norther border of Yosemite to the Hoover Wilderness.

Several miles below Snow lake and Rock Island pass is Kerrick Meadows, a norther border of Yosemite to the Hoover Wilderness.

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The smart persons approach to backpacking.  I definitely see this in my future. These are the llamas and hikers I met at the ranger station in Bridgeport.

The smart  approach to backpacking. I definitely see this in my future. These are the llamas and hikers I met at the ranger station in Bridgeport.

 

From Kerrick Meadows, it is a quick hop over to Peeler Lake, 4 miles down to Barney lake and 3.8 miles out to the trailhead at Twin Lakes.  Since I  bombarded you dear readers with too many photos already, you could see  photos of the rest of this loop in the archives under “Barney and Peeler”.  Click on any photo to enlarge.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Early Spring Outing

With 60 degree plus weather this weekend, I took advantage of the light winter snowfall for some early spring hiking and camping.  Lundy Lake , Ca was the destination.  Two and a half hours south of Washoe Valley and five miles  off of Hiway 395, Lundy Lake is  a popular summer destination. In a normal winter one would not be able to drive in but it was clear sailing to the lake and the campgrounds which although technically closed were pressed into service for a night by this impatient backpacker for some comfortable car camping.

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Lundy Lake. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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The   reflections seemed to  be resting deep under the water.

The reflections seemed to be resting deep under the water. The lack of winter moisture is evident in the low water line around the lake.

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Ice and water and shore make for a naturally  abstract triptych when viewed from the trail above the lake.

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Snowshoes were necessary for any hiking up the lakeside trail that leads to the old Lundy May MIne from the 1800's.

Snowshoes were necessary for any hiking up the lakeside trail that leads to the old May Lundy Mine that operated in the late 1800’s.

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Looking up to Lundy Canyon.

Looking up to Lundy Canyon.

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Close to Sunset. Lundy Lake, Ca. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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The Wonderful Flood of Last Light. Lundy Lake, Ca.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

The Wonderful Flood of Last Light.

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Ah, the luxury of car camping. Being able to sleep in a larger ( read heavier)  tent with more padding under  tired bones. And  I could bring my pillow from home and books to read!

The luxuries of car camping. It’s a treat to have a larger (read heavier) tent and bring more padding to put under tired bones. And I could bring a pillow from home and books to read!

Pajama Rocks

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Hoover Wilderness.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Pretty sure this outcropping doesn’t have a formal name. I couldn’t help but call it “Pajama Rocks” after some wonderfully loud pajamas I have seen.

Camped next to them on the right where the slope and trees level out near a waterfall.

Waterfall beneath Victoria Peak.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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View of Pajama Rocks and the Sawtooth Ridge from the dining room just below the tentsite.

View of Pajama Rocks and the Sawtooth Ridge from the dining room just below the tentsite.

The hill above the tentsite levels off and then goes onto  11,706 ft. Victoria Peak. I declined to go the last 1400ft out of respect for aging knees and a lot of downhill the next day. A

Above the tentsite, the hill rises up another couple of hundred feet and  levels off,  then goes onto 11,706 ft. Victoria Peak. I declined to go the last 1400ft out of respect for aging knees and a lot of downhill the next day.

The view from the level area across the Crown Point, the Sawtooth, Ridge, The Cleavage and Matterhorn Peak.

The view from the level area. The Sawtooth, Ridge, The Cleavage and Matterhorn Peak. Just add Julie Andrews.

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Big Agnes makes a good home away from home. This Seedhouse SL2 weighs  3lbs 2 oz and is a  luxurious space for a solo hiker.

Big Agnes makes good homes away from home. This Seedhouse SL2 weighs just 3lbs 2 oz and is a luxurious space for a solo hiker. Would be a tight squeeze for two, though.

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Early morning light

Early morning light.

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The rising sun paints Pajama Rocks in light.

A sunrise kiss on Pajama Rocks.

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