Sunrise Over Mono Lake

I just enjoyed several days of hiking in the Sierra Nevada at Virginia Lakes and Twenty Lakes Basin. Most wonderful it was and I’ll post some photos of both hikes soon.  The photographic highlight of the trip though,  was  sunrise on the second day out.  After the first day of hiking at Virginia Lakes,  I drove up a forest service road not far from the area  and found a great camping spot overlooking Mono Lake to the east, Dunderberg Peak to the west and Dunderberg Meadows to the north.   Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time.  P.S.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

 

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mono-lake-sunrise. photo by bruce czopek

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mono-lake-sunrise-3. photo by bruce czopek

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mono-lake-sunrise-4. photo by Bruce Czopek

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***double-sunrise-over-mono-lake.  photo by Bruce Czopek

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sunrise-on-mono-lake.  photo by bruce czopek

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Burt Canyon

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It has been some years since last visiting Willow Flat and Burt Canyon in the Hoover Wilderness.  A quick overnight trip last weekend remedied that. The trailhead is nine miles or so  off California Hi Way 395, up Little Walker River Road. After eight miles Obsidian Campground is on your left. Continue for about 1/3 mile and take the very next left which is a marked Forest Service road. Easy to miss so pay attention.   Go up 1.1 mile to a gate and a very limited (3-4 cars) trailhead parking. It isn’t formally marked. If there is no room you’ll have to go back to  the bottom of the road and park across it at the formal trailhead at a large parking area.

 It is about seven miles to the end of the trail, but I stopped short of that, preferring to  camp on the gentle slope of the meadows edge in the middle of Burt Canyon. From  there one has a wonderful perspective of all the texture and light this  open Sierra landscape offers. Please click on any photo to enlarge the image.

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Willow Flat with the Little Walker River running through it.

Willow Flat with the Little Walker River running through it.

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Indian Paintbrush are out in force in Willow Flat.

Indian Paintbrush are out in force.

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Willow Flat wildflowers, photo by Bruce czopek

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The trailhead starts at 8120 ft elevation and slowly climbs to 9360 at the end of the trail under Flatiron Ridge. Willow Flat transitions to Burt Canyon via a mixed forest area roughly 3 miles in.

The trailhead starts at 8120 ft elevation and slowly climbs to 9360 at the end of the trail under Flatiron Ridge. Willow Flat transitions to Burt Canyon via a mixed forest area roughly 3 miles in.  You curve in-between Walker Mountain and Piute Canyon in the welcome shade before  breaking through to Burt Canyon.

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Looking south into Burt Canyon.

Looking south into Burt Canyon. Walker Mountain on the left. Cupping the end of the canyon is  Ink rocks in the middle left, snow dotted Flatiron Ridge and the monolithic Flatiron Butte on the right.

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Mt. Emma on the right. Piute Canyon and Piute Pass on the left.

Mt. Emma at center-right. Piute Canyon and Piute Pass on the left. The trees mark the northern edge of Burt Canyon.

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A closer view of the ridge line.

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Sunrise.

Sunrise.

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6:30 A.M.

6:30 A.M.

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Meadow iris still bloom in the wetter areas of the canyon floor.

Meadow iris still bloom in the wetter areas of the canyon floor. Hardy elegance at high elevation.

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