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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #25 on: November 26, 2013, 12:13:58 PM »
While not technically a glacier, it’s there year around and some years it is huge!  In the photo from 2011 it’s about 20 foot high.  Some years it gets 2 to 4 times bigger, scary big!  It creepy to walk by and under it as the top portion forms like a wave.


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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2013, 06:56:56 AM »
Geology is what my older brother majored in college, so he was fascinated by the dramatic display of Tioga Pass well preserved geologic features such as volcanic, glacial, erosive, and structural processes (like faulting, uplifting, and folding).

The Tioga glaciation, which peaked about 15,000-20,000 years ago, was the last major glaciation in the Sierra Nevada.  At the time of the maximum extent of the Tioga glaciation, Lake Russell (Now Mono Lake) had a surface elevation of 6,800 feet, 425 feet higher than is today and 400 feet lower than its maximum level at the end of the Tioga glaciation.

Enough with the geology lesson, any cool rocks up there?  Oh Yeah!

Glacier Polishing – Very common in the Tioga Pass area (and Yosemite).  You see some in Gardisky Lake.  This was left over from a retreating glacier.  The size of a VW and twice as heavy.

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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2013, 06:45:46 AM »
Interesting rocks, very colorful and abundant in Gardisky area.  Their called Lichen – A Fungus.


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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2013, 06:47:00 AM »
Lichen comes in many colors.

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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2013, 06:47:54 AM »
Lichen at Gardisky Lake

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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2013, 07:08:41 AM »
One of the most popular things to do at Gardisky Lake is to check out the views on Tioga Peak.  You can see Mount Dana, Tioga lake and into Yosemite and beyond.


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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2013, 11:14:47 AM »
That just shows you how big the "big country" really is.  I'm likin' your lichen pics.  Are they spring, summer or fall pictures?  Does lichen stay colorful year round or are there primary times like the aspens in the fall?
Let me wake laughing from a nap in the afternoon under the aspens in the fall.

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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2013, 02:42:17 PM »
I'm likin' your lichen pics.  Are they spring, summer or fall pictures?  Does lichen stay colorful year round or are there primary times like the aspens in the fall?

Their all fall pictures saudust.

Lichens do change colors.  When lichens are dry (Like in a drought), they “turn off”, becomes brittle and go dormant and their color will fade.  When they become wet, they “turn on” and start growing and the colors are much brighter.  When they have water, sun, fresh air and nutrients, the colors will be bright and you know that the lichens are happy. ;D
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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2013, 06:56:35 AM »
This has been here since the 60”s.  I’d imagine hundreds of kids have played in here over the years.  I seen it toppled over and rocks scattered about over the years, but some other kid(s) would always rebuild it.  This was my happy place when I was very young, as the Eastern Sierra was my playground.  I named it Fort Gardisky then, as only the first one to build it from scratch gets to name it.    ;D


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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2013, 06:42:18 AM »
On the very east shore of Gardisky Lake, you can look into Warren Canyon.  Don’t recommend going into Warren Canyon this way as its way too steep.  Go instead to the trailhead on Tioga Rd (hwy 120).  This is a hidden jewel that few people know about, but thousand pass by daily coming or going along Tioga Rd.


Warren Canyon from Gardisky lake



Tioga Rd as seen from Gardisky Lake
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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2013, 06:42:57 AM »
What’s to see in Warren Canyon?  The trail follows the creek, Warren Fork, for 1.5 miles in the canyon between Tioga peak and lee Vining Peak to a high meadow.  Lots of flowers to view in the spring and colorful aspens in the fall.  In you continue on the trail it will take you to Oneida Lake in Lake Canyon and Lundy Lake if you wish.  For peak climbers there’s Mount Warren (12,327 ft.).  Of course, there’s Gardisky Lake, about 1 ½ mile hike.  There are also quite a few mines up there.


Road Closed



The trailhead is not marked on Tioga Rd.  Look for the el 9,000 sign at the sharp turn; you can park right or the left side of the road.  The road “closed sign” is the start of the trail.  Then you’ll come up to the trailhead sign (Warren Fork Trail).


Trailhead for Warren Fork Trail



Warren Canyon

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« Reply #36 on: December 03, 2013, 06:43:48 AM »
Warren Canyon
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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #37 on: December 04, 2013, 07:17:29 AM »
Then you have the Tioga Crest.  Gardisky Lake is the best access rout to Tioga Crest.  Walking on the Tioga Crest is like walking on top of the world, with spectacular views no matter where you look.  A nice hike would be the 2 mile hike from Gardisky Lake to Dore Pass, and then drop down to Saddlebag Lake and then to the resort.  You can also continue pass Dore Pass and go look at Dore Cliffs (Spectacular Cliffs), or continue past Dore Cliff to the old mines located up on Mount Scowden.  You can also turn left at Dore pass and head towards 20 Lakes Basin.  Lots of choices.



Tioga Crest as seen from Tioga Peak



Same photo with directions




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Re: Gardisky Lake
« Reply #38 on: December 04, 2013, 07:18:15 AM »
Tioga Crest at the Dore Cliffs.  Left is Lake Canyon, the right is Dore Pass.  Looking straight ahead is Warren Canyon and Gardisky lake.


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