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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:33:46 AM »
Fast forward 5 months (July 2017) and winter just wonít let go.  Rock Creek Lake.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 16, 2017, 07:11:43 AM »
In the parking lot for Mosquito Flats. This is far as you can go on skis.  You will need snowshoes from hereon.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:59:40 AM »
Rock Creek was frozen






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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:02:24 AM »
A very frozen Rock Creek Lake in February 2017



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:38:47 AM »
Rock Creek Lakes Resort






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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:29:24 AM »
Cross-country skiing along Rock Creek Road February 2017



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:28:53 PM »
Did you actually take this photo today ?

No, this was last winter during February 2017.  Took a day off from our Mammoth trip for some Rock Creek fun!

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:38:46 AM »
Leaving Mammoth Lakes and driving south down to Rock Creek.  During winter Rock Creek opens up their Snow-Park, which is located 7 miles up Rock Creek Road.  You will need a permit to park here.  Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play are what you can do here.


Far the the plowed road goes

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:37:31 AM »
Duck Lake a 13 to 14 mile day (round-trip) for me and that makes for a long day!  There were hundreds of trout spawning in the outlet, very cool sight to see!  Duck Lake was ice free just a week after this trip. :hiking2:

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:45:56 AM »
Hiked up and over the Duck Pass to Duck Lake.  Snow was 2-4 feet with drifts 8 feet deep or more on the pass but packed down nicely on the trail.  Trail was very icy over the pass so needed my crampons which I brought.  Was going to fish the inlet (on the left) but was still iced over.  The outlet (to the right) had quite a bit of open water so I headed that way.  Duck Lake is a large back-country lake so going to the outlet adds another mile.  The water temperature was near freezing but fishing for Rainbows was outstanding!




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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:25:31 AM »
Took a hike up Duck Pass Trail.  This is Barney Lake and Duck Pass in mid-August 2017.  Lake was just thawing out.  What a year!




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Anything Goes / Re: Any deals that you couldn't pass up?
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:20:35 AM »
I got down jackets for my family too except for me as I prefer to layer up instead.  With the cold snowy season from last year, I had as many as 5 layers on!  Evan with 60% off sale, I still paid more for them than you did Gary.  Also picked up some cross-country skis on the cheap for my daughters. 

For me, I found a good quality new day-pack (Camelbak) for half off (Woot.com) with lots of pockets with up to 3 liters of water and a place to secure your fishing pole.  Fishing vest from Orvis (50% plus free shipping).  Orvis makes the best vests as I had my old one 20+ years.  For the wife Iím still looking at quality knife sets (Expensive!) and new pots and pans for our new induction oven we purchased.

Hope nobody being impacted with the wind driven wildfires impacting Southern California.  Stay safe and hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this season. :hiking2: :fishing3:

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:20:59 AM »
Yes!  Hole in the wall is correct.  Popular place to ski through and take pictures in winter. 


Hole in the wall

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:03:09 AM »
This is the trailhead at Horseshoe Lake.  Mammoth Lakes Trail System is one of the best I seen, with over 300 miles of trails to explore.  This trail goes toward McLeod Lake (also known as McCloud Lake) and Mammoth Pass.





Just before you get to McLeod Lake, the trail splits and you again have multiple destinations you could hike to.  I take a right to the Bottomless Pit, which also goes to Dragonís Back (interesting) and Seven Lakes Point (great views!).  What makes Bottomless Pit unique is that it is more popular in winter than in summer and even goes by a different name! 





My question to you is why is the Bottomless Pit more popular in winter and what name do the locals call it?  If youíre a Mammoth Lakes fan you should know this.  If not, Iíll give you the answer tomorrowÖÖÖ

The Bottomless Pit features a sheer, bottomless ravine carved in volcanic rock.


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Eastern Sierra History / Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:56:58 AM »
Yes, thatís the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine site. 

The Pine Creek Tungsten Mine was an extraordinary operation. Begun in 1916, the mine operated until 2001, producing (along with the Climax mine in Colorado) 93% of the tungsten produced in the United States as of 1977. Low cost imports led to the mothballing of the mine in 2001.  The main ore is scheelite, a calcium tungstate mineral that is notable for its intense fluorescence in ultraviolet light.

The mine itself was a technological achievement.  Most mines go down into the ground, but the ore in Pine Creek Tungsten Mine extended to 12,000 feet up into the adjacent peak.  Miners could enter the mine at 8,000 feet and work some 4,000 feet higher up in the mountain.

As for the cars history, you could start with the mine owners, Craig Rossell and Lynn Goodfellow.  You can find their email & phone #ís through an internet search. 

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 29, 2017, 06:32:47 AM »
I found out what that abandoned building was used for near Horseshoe Lake.  The building in question was a Ranger Cabin.  This cabin was lived in year around by U.S. Forest Service Rangers.  In March 1990, a U.S. Forest Service Ranger became ill with suffocation symptoms after being in a snow-covered cabin near Horseshoe Lake.  Soon after they locked up the cabin tight and itís been sitting there ever since.

Mystery solved! :twothumbs:




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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 28, 2017, 12:22:08 PM »
The backside of Horseshoe Lake is very lush as it has several feeder streams that merge into Horseshoe Lake at this junction.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:29:13 AM »
Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 27, 2017, 06:41:25 AM »
Views from Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail



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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 25, 2017, 07:01:07 AM »
Thanks bj.  That explains the next two structures near Horseshoe Lake I believe.  What are left are the fireplaces from two summer cabins, perhaps for the summer camp for kids?  It had a raised foundation and was fairly a large building (Cabin?).

Iíll keep digging for info on the first structure.



One of two fireplaces near Horseshoe Lake.

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Strictly Media / Re: 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: November 24, 2017, 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 Shermanís is likely the result of years of drought and the bark beetles taking advantage of the treesí 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 70ís when I was a small child.  I donít 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.

Iím 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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