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Heading cross-country back to the Duck Pass Trail and Barney Lake.  Couple of lakes coming into view.



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Beautiful healthy Rainbow Trout, and boy do they fight.  All were sight casted to as this lake is super clear.  Use your best stealth fishing tactics for this lake as they spook easily if they see or hear you.  All Rainbows caught in this back-country lake were released back to the lake.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:41:43 AM »
Beautiful Upper Woods Lake



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:29:20 AM »
Upper Woods Lake has a surprising heathy population of Rainbow Trout.  This tiny 2 acre lake will amaze you with acrobatic Rainbows on your line.  How they stock this lake is beyond me as itís surrounded by mountains on three sides.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:27:28 AM »
Upper Woods Lake is a pristine back-country lake, so clear you can see to the bottom of the lake.  With no wind today, that makes fishing a bit harder.  Perfect lake to practice fly fishing with a dry fly.



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:26:20 AM »
As bj knows, the ďHidden Gem in Mammoth LakesĒ is Upper Woods Lake.  There is also a Lower Woods Lake, where you usually hike from to get up to Upper Woods Lake.  The cross country route to Upper Woods Lake can be difficult because you cannot see the lake until youíre within 20 feet of it, so it is quite hidden.



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:05:59 AM »
Finally my Target Lake!  Any guesses?  And to my surprise, itís completely ice free!  What makes this unusual is this lake is actually higher in elevation than frozen Barney Lake!



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:04:37 AM »
On my way to the Hidden Gem Lake, I pass by mostly frozen Red Lake.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:02:36 AM »
Thanks Vhbcinc!   :hiking2:

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:47:11 AM »
Itís a cross-country hike to special lake and glad I brought my snow shoes as the sun has begun to soften the snow a bit and itís up to 3 feet deep or more in spots.  This cross-country hike would have been near impossible without snow shoes.  There is another way to this lake but way too much ice on path to safely get up there on this particular day.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:45:31 AM »
Barney Lake Outlet Creek.  This is where I met the only other hiker I seen on the trail today.  Thatís saying a lot for the Duck Pass Trail.  The hiker was heading up and over Duck Pass.  No human footprints beyond this point, only animal tracks.



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:51:49 AM »
After about 3 miles up Duck Pass Trail you arrive at Barney Lake.  Barney Lake appears to be 100% frozen, but itís early still and the sun is out so I plan to come back later in the afternoon and hope it thaws out.  The Mammoth Crest is just breathtaking from here!  Still not my Target Lake but Barney Lake is a fun lake to fish for decent sized Eastern Brooks. 



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:07:34 AM »
Near the headwaters of Mammoth Creek.  Mammoth Creek drains the Mammoth Lakes Basin, which flows through the Town of Mammoth Lakes and discharges into Hot Creek and eventually into the Owens River and then Crowley Lake.



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:06:30 AM »
Duck Pass Trail






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:04:49 AM »
The best picture spot for Skelton Lake is the tip of a small peninsula which faces south and offers stunning views of this "L" shaped lake.  But not my Target Lake but hope to have enough time later today to fish it.



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 09, 2018, 02:36:35 PM »
Yeah, I bet you do as I heard you speak of this lake in your previous travels. :hiking2:

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:21:50 AM »
I reached Skelton Lake in about 2 miles.  There is a thin layer of ice on about ľ of the lake.  Near here are the remains of the Skelton Boys stamp and saw mill, dating back to the 1870's.  Hence this is how the lake got its name.  The sparkling, blue waters of Skelton Lake are quite scenic.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:20:00 AM »
Mammoth Creek






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:18:54 AM »
Duck Pass Trail



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:43:45 AM »
Emerald Lake Turnoff.  In season, this is a great alternative to Duck Pass Trail.  But maybe not today!  I could easily do a trip report on this turnoff alone as this loop crosses over more than a dozen lakes and streams with views to die for.  I did the Emerald Lake Turnoff trip earlier this season on the Deer Lakes loop trail, but thatís a story for another day.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:41:22 AM »
About 1.5 miles up and the trail is still icy.






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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:08:18 AM »
Arrowhead Lake is at 1.3 miles and thereís about 4-6Ē snow on the ground.  No footprints in the snow towards Arrowhead Lake so Iím the first to check out Arrowhead Lake since the last snow.  Arrowhead Lake is completely ice free but not my target lake today so I rejoin the main trail.


Arrowhead Lake Sign



Arrowhead Lake

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:05:54 AM »
The trail crosses into the John Muir Wilderness and climbs steadily through lodgepole and Jeffrey pine forests, past alpine meadows usually speckled with wildflowers in season, but filled with snow today and around the countless lakes, creeks and ponds on this trail.



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:04:36 AM »
Usually lots of runners on Duck Pass Trail, but not today with ice on the trail.  In the past runners have past me going over Duck Pass and back.  Amazing!

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:54:51 AM »
Todayís hike calls for ice-cleats, hiking poles, high top waterproof boots with wool socks and many thin layers to keep my body warm.  I strap my fishing pole and snow shoes to my day pack and Iím ready to go.  I was told all the lakes were still ice free 2 days prior so Iím hopeful.  If the lakes are all frozen, then Iíll have a lovely hike in the high country and take lots of pictures.  Itís all good to me and Iíll make do.



Frozen Duck Pass Trail

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