Telling poetic lies to my lower back and legs, I managed to sneak out for a short but glorious hike at Virginia Lakes this weekend. The aspens are pretty much gone at the 9800 Ft. elevation trailhead and up. But oh, the blue of the sky, the crisp autumn air, the shimmering water and the magical light of the Sierra Nevada were blissfully intoxicating.
I hadn’t intended to walk far, knowing that all though in the moment I might be able manage some distance , the piper would have to be paid the following day. Still, I found myself saying, “Oh, just a bit further up to that viewpoint” , or ” I’ll just make it to there and get an idea of where the trail goes”, or ” This is the last Sierra hike before surgery so just a little more.” A three mile round trip was coaxed out of a tired and wobbly but oh so happy body. Didn’t even have my good camera with me as I honestly didn’t thing it would be more than a stroll out of the car to stretch the legs. Ha. Thankfully, I did have my hiking pole for support and a cheesy low level cell phone camera for a few happy snaps to share the moment.
Cooney Lake is just a little ways above Virginia Lakes.
An old miner’s cabin hangs on, resting alongside the trail from Virginia Lakes to Cooney Lake.
The popular trail passes above Blue Lake which sits between Virginia and Cooney Lake. Frog Lake comes next. Mt. Dunderberg rises above the trail to a 12,374 ft. peak.