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« Reply #100 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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« Reply #101 on: December 08, 2017, 01:05:03 PM »
I  usually did best in the lake near the outlet but the mile back up to the pass was always fun!
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« Reply #102 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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« Reply #103 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.


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« Reply #104 on: December 11, 2017, 10:51:03 AM »
Did you actually take this photo today ?
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« Reply #105 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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« Reply #106 on: December 12, 2017, 06:29:24 AM »
Cross-country skiing along Rock Creek Road February 2017


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« Reply #107 on: December 13, 2017, 06:38:47 AM »
Rock Creek Lakes Resort





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« Reply #108 on: December 14, 2017, 07:02:24 AM »
A very frozen Rock Creek Lake in February 2017


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« Reply #109 on: December 15, 2017, 06:59:40 AM »
Rock Creek was frozen





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« Reply #110 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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« Reply #111 on: December 18, 2017, 06:33:46 AM »
Fast forward 5 months (July 2017) and winter just wont let go.  Rock Creek Lake.


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« Reply #112 on: December 19, 2017, 07:04:21 AM »
Headed up to Mosquito Flats again and decided to take a hike.  Still a lot of snow for July and the main trail up Little Lakes Valley were packed down from previous hikers.  About mile up and decided to take the trail towards Mono Pass.  I was the first one on this trail (at least since last snowfall) and needed my snowshoes as the snow was up to 4 feet deep in some places.





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« Reply #113 on: December 20, 2017, 07:05:30 AM »
Mono Pass Trail





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« Reply #114 on: December 20, 2017, 09:58:32 AM »
Wow!  Conditions in July 2017 look more like those for late March or early April in what used to be a 'normal' winter. 

Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #115 on: December 21, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
This last winter was a year of extremes with nearly 200% of normal snow pack for the Eastern Sierra. Kind of why Im sharing this post as most of us may never see another year like this again.  For me, this was a year of cancelled backpacking trips (Passes were still closed) and frozen high country lakes up until August and then freezing up again in October.  What a year!
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« Reply #116 on: December 21, 2017, 07:26:45 AM »
Ruby Lake/Mono Pass Trail Junction


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« Reply #117 on: December 21, 2017, 07:28:17 AM »
Ruby Lake


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« Reply #118 on: December 22, 2017, 07:31:17 AM »
Last photo for this post goes to Gem Lakes in Little Lakes Valley.  This was taken in August 2017.


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« Reply #119 on: December 22, 2017, 11:04:50 AM »
WSH -

At this point in the summer of 2017, if you attempted to, did you catch any fish in these lakes?  Sometimes at this stage of thaw, yet earlier in the season of a more normal year, the fishing can be quite good.   :fishing3:

Just wondering..........Thanks!

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« Reply #120 on: December 22, 2017, 11:46:07 AM »
 Good Luck, And thanx for all the pics and reports.
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« Reply #121 on: December 26, 2017, 07:22:42 AM »
Always happy to share my photos and experiences as I wonder about in the back-country.  2 seconds after I took this photo my dog (Gracie) decided to go for a swim in Upper Gem Lake.  I take my dogs with me almost everywhere as they a part of our family.  But man that water was cold!

P A C, I always take a fishing pole with me and yes the fishing was quite good during this stage of the lakes thaw.  It was even better in the outlet creek where it flows toward Chickenfoot Lake. ; :fishing3:
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« Reply #122 on: January 31, 2018, 07:36:58 AM »
Phenomenal Pics.......thanks for sharing! Those pics compared to pics I have seen of mammoth the past few weeks is mind blowing............what a difference a year makes!!
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