After a long weekend at Vegas and then a long work week, I definitely needed an escape. At first I thought sitting around at my house and just relaxing would be a great way to decompress. But after Saturday afternoon and watching Wisconsin fall to Michigan, I determined staying in Los Angeles was not going to do the trick.
So at 7:30PM on Saturday, I decided that a drive to Bishop was in order. Thankfully, I always keep my backpack packed with all my gear, so 7:45PM I was on the road up to the mountains. The main idea was to take a good hike and take some pictures. The weather was forecasting 60's with a 20% of thunderstorms after 11AM. Perfect! The drive up was pretty tame, other than the close call of hitting an elk on the 395.
I arrived in Bishop around 11PM and discovered all the campsites were gated up due to winter. This surprised me since it wasn't even October, but oh well, I improvise. With it getting late, I just figured no one was coming around until the morning. So I slept in the backpackers parking lot at North Lake. I awoke to 30 degree weather! If you're jealous, you should be... it was stellar. I packed up and headed off to Lake Sabrina and started hiking before sunrise.
(Fall colors before sunrise)
The hike started off very well. I packed my SLR, three lenses, a pop-tart for breakfast, some water and a pump, and a trail map seeing I had no idea where I wanted to go. After hiking on the main trail around the lake, I decided to do a little bushwacking and see what I could stumble across.
The bushwacking paid off, I came across a stream that was needed. One, waterfalls are fun. Two, I needed to pump some water and didn't feel like hiking down to the lake. So after messing around taking pictures, I figured it was time to get back to the trail and decided where I was headed.
After looking at the map, I decided to head up and hike 2.5 miles to a lake at 10,500 feet. Once I got above the tree line, I was glad I did. The views of the lake were amazing. Plus the sun felt pretty nice. After getting into the sun and taking off some layers, I decided to sit near a cliff looking over the lake and eat my breakfast. Nothing beats a poptart in the mountains, I promise. After breakfast, I headed up 500 more feet to Blue Lake and looked around. Nothing too exciting, pretty much a mountain lake above the tree line. So I decided to head back before the clouds decided to roll in.
The hike down, I ran into a few groups headed up the way I came. Other than that, it was pretty much uneventful. Took a few more pictures, talked to a couple folks at the trailhead, and just enjoyed the perfect weather.
All in all, very glad I drove up for the day. Very well worth it. You can't beat the weather right now and the fall colors are just bursting everywhere. I really think all should head up there soon to enjoy it!