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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: Today at 06:53:03 AM »
While I was up at Horseshoe Lake, I took in the Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail.  This is a 1.7 mile loop that you can hike or ride your mountain bike on.  Reason I even bring this up it has some interesting old structures along the trail.

The first building I come to near Horseshoe Lake has been boarded up as long as I can remember.  Anyone know what it was used for?  Perhaps was a small home or a cabin? 



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:16:54 AM »
Yeah, just east of #3 chair is this C02 vent. 



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:43:18 AM »
A sad reminder how deadly carbon dioxide levels can be is in 2006, when three members of a ski patrol team died on Mammoth Mountain as they fell into a volcanic fissure, a natural vent that releases volcanic gas from deep within the Earth.

You can still see these natural vents today on Mammoth Mountain. 




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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:30:49 PM »
The tree die-off near the Sherman’s is likely the result of years of drought and the bark beetles taking advantage of the trees’ weakened condition, or a combination of the two.  I noticed the Lodgepole Pines and Whitebark Pines are the bark beetles favorite meal.

June Mountain Ski Area is the most obvious and visible example of the tree die-off.  In Mammoth,check out the stands of red, dead trees standing on the steep slopes below the Mammoth Crest.  Rock Creek looking south toward the Wheeler Crest looking bad.  Hilton Creek near lakes #1 & 2 looking real bad too.  If a fire ever gets going near Hilton Creek Lakes basin, there will be no stopping it.

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:45:29 AM »
Now known for its dead trees, Horseshoe Lake was a great place to picnic and swim in the 70’s when I was a small child.  I don’t recall if there was a campground there or not, but the trees were all alive and it was a very beautiful area to visit in the picnic area.

I’m sure most of you know this but starting from the early 1980s natural CO2 out-gassing from a magma body beneath Mammoth Mountain asphyxiated more than 100 acres of trees near Horseshoe Lake.

Now high level of carbon dioxide is emitted from magma chambers below the surface. These high CO2 levels are released into the soil suffocating the root systems of trees in the area, thereby causing over 100 acres of kill zone near Horseshoe Lake.




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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:38:38 AM »
Horseshoe Lake outlet.  First time time I ever seen water overflow out of this lake.  Amazing season!  July 4th weekend.



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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Last day of the fishing season
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:36:16 AM »
Surprised that you could still drive up there but excellent way to end the season! :fishing3:

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:54:19 AM »
Next time I came up to Mammoth Lakes was during the weekend of 4th of July.  Some photos of Horseshoe Lake from last year and this year.  What a difference a year makes!


Horseshoe Lake July 2016




Horseshoe Lake July 2017

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:55:39 AM »
Great 360* views from the top of Mammoth Mountain.  This is from February 2017.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:15:15 AM »
Took the Gondola to the Top of Mammoth Mountain.  The sign  was just about buried under the snow!



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:12:41 AM »
Thanks P A C.  Appreciate the nice comments.

 


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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:46:07 AM »
Mammoth Mountain Inn and their welcome Sign. 



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:07:27 AM »
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Parking lot.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:40:31 AM »
Following the line of cars on Minaret Rd. to Mammoth Mountain for a day of skiing after another night of snowfall.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:28:59 AM »
Yes, Lake Mary is correct.  Nothing gets by bj….. :lol2:



For the Veterans out there, Thank You for all who served America!


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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:23:50 AM »
Cross Country skiing in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.  Can anybody guess what frozen lake I'm standing on?



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:10:47 AM »
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center is a great way to explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin on snowshoes or Nordic skis.  Great family fun (my kids learned fast), with over 19 miles of groomed trails.  It’s free for hiking on a packed trail or for snowshoeing, they only charge for a trail pass on the groomed trails and flat skating lanes within the corridor using cross-country skis.




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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:50:09 AM »
The Village at Mammoth Lakes



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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: R.J. Secor Passes Away
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:48:33 AM »
I have the “The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails” paperback by R.J. Sector.  Not a hiking trail guide, but a mountaineering book guide for treks off trail on cross-country travel for hikers who want to go beyond the well maintained trails.  That describes me to a tee!  Rest well.

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There is no doubt that he is will be remembered as one of the greatest American climbers of the 20th century.  Though he was not the first to summit Everest, his accomplishments tower over most other American climbers.  I have a couple of his books, with “Mountains of North America” being my favorite as it cover the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  He will be missed by the climbing community.  Rest in Peace.

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:25:01 AM »
Summer Cabins - Mammoth Lakes



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:12:04 AM »
Just stopped snowing 30 minutes prior and just walked out to this!



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:22:17 AM »
Mammoth Lakes



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:21:21 AM »
Still in Mammoth Lakes along Old Mammoth Rd towards Twin Lakes






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Anything Goes / Re: Entry into Yosemite could cost up to $70
« on: November 03, 2017, 12:21:56 PM »
I usually go to Yosemite 3-6 times a year, so the annual pass looks like the best deal for now.

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