Last weekend, my daughter and I went for a short hike to Crystal Lake. The views were spectacular, and there was lots of wildlife to be seen. To get to the Crystal Lake/Sierra Crest trail head, drive to Lake George, and it is on the right side of the parking lot.
We started about 9: am so it wouldn’t be too hot or too cold. In the first several hundred yards, it struck me that there was a lot of wildlife. I saw Bluejays, Chipmunks, and a mother Bear and her 2 cubs going for a drink of water down at the lake. Here’s a shot of the bears right before they went out of sight:
A little higher up, you get a great view of the lakes below. Here is the view of Lakes George, Mary and Mamie from the trail edge:
The hike is only about 2 miles to Crystal Lake. After about the first 1.5 miles you crest a ridge, and can see the Sierra Crest above you, and Crystal Lake below you. The Sierra Crest is the eastern edge of the volcano that formed this area hundreds of thousands of years ago.
We hiked down to Crystal Lake, and enjoyed sunning ourselves on a large flat rock. There were thunderheads forming as they came over the Sierra Crest, and my daughter and I called out shapes as we saw them in the rapidly changing clouds. This was really relaxing, and family fun too!
I was scouting some shots, and came across this reflective pond near the base of Crystal Crag. It was a really pretty view off the “beat and path”. Here’s how it looked:
After about an hour of spotting shapes in the thunderheads, we went back down to the parking lot, and headed for our favorite Mexican restaurant, Roberto’s, for lunch. I had the carne asada burrito, and my daughter had the carnitas burrito. As always, they were excellent.
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