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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Last post by bj on February 09, 2018, 08:02:35 AM »
I think I know where you're headed :flyfish:
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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by wshawkins 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
« Last post by TEX on February 07, 2018, 02:28:57 AM »
 :fishing3:
"Iím an oddity in this group as Iím clearly a fisherman, so I get the strange looks which Iím used to."
I hike with 93% fishing in mind; I know the feeling.  That trail is heavily used by runners.
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