Eastern Sierra in Fall Photos: Backpacking and Camping in the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses

In early October 2012 my friend, Laura, and I cruised over to the east side of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains to check out the fall aspens. Our first night we camped in the Little Lakes Valley / Rock Creek area and did a little leaf peeping to start the day.

Then we picked up a wilderness permit from the ranger station in Mammoth Lakes and backpacked into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Our first day was an 8-mile hike in to the dramatic and beautiful Minaret Lake.

Minaret Lake in black and white, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Eastern Sierra Nevada

Minaret Lake twilight


 
Sunrise at Minaret Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California

Sunrise at Minaret Lake


 
[Day 2 update coming soon!]

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