NOVEMBER 2016 HIGHWAY 395 PHOTO EXCURSION
Friday Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
3 days & 2 nights of intensive, hands-on photography
Landscape, Nature and Astrophotography
LONE PINE MT WHITNEY TRAIL, MOBIUS ARCH
BIG PINE BRISTLECONE ANCIENT PINE FOREST
& OWENS LAKE, OWENS RIVER
Photos © Raul Roa 2016 and individual owners of images - Alltrails, Eastern Sierra Audubon Society Images are to show areas only and are only intended for viewing.
DAY 1 - LONE PINE - MT WHITNEY TRAIL, MOBIUS ARCH
Friday Nov. 11 - We will head to Whitney Portal - (240 miles, 4 hrs form base)We head out at 4am, stop to gas up & breakfast and arrive at Whitney Portal around 9AM - Hike to Lone Pine Lake from 10AM-3PM - 5.6 mile round trip with no permit needed up to the lake.
The 5.6 mile roundtrip hike to Lone Pine Lake, set in the spectacular towering peaks of the Whitney Portal Recreation Area, is not only an incredible day hike but also an opportunity to trek along a portion of the famous Mount Whitney Trail.
We can trek as far as Lone Pine Lake without a permit, The trailhead, perched at 8,350 feet, leaves the Whitney Portal parking lot and immediately begins switchbacking its way towards Lone Pine Lake—if you are not acclimatized to the altitude, you will be questioning your fitness level at this point.
Once you escape tree cover, the views of Mount Whitney and the Owens Valley will surely add to your breathlessness—no jumble of granite is more inspiring than Mount Whitney and its ensemble of supporting peaks. Climbing ever upward, you cross two streams—first Carillon Creek, then the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek—at the second stream, rock hop your way into the John Muir Wilderness. Mount Whitney is now hidden from view, but the sheer canyon walls ahead and the desert landscape of the Alabama Hills below are enough to satisfy even the most jaded hiker.
The trail, which climbs 1,000 feet over this 1.5-mile section, eventually crosses Lone Pine Creek via a series of well-placed logs—a good test of your agility.
Its waters, mirror-like in appearance, stretch out to the horizon like a natural infinity pool—reflecting the surrounding evergreens, massive boulders, and towering cliffs with perfect symmetry. It’s all down hill from here, the lake is at an elevation of 10,050 feet, so take your time and enjoy the scenery—take a stroll around the lake, sit for a picnic, or simply enjoy in the landscape.
Once we finish our photos here, we head down the mountain for Star Trails! Mobius Arch Loop trailhead is 19 mins. and 9.3 miles down the hill. Getting to Mobius Arch requires a short .25 mile hike over an easy trail. Lathe arch is just to the southwest of Mobius Arch and is best at sunrise as well.
After star trails we head to sleep in LONE PINE
DAY 2 - BIG PINE BRISTLECONE ANCIENT PINE FOREST
Wake up, have breakfast and and head to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest 79.5 miles ahead 1 hr. 53 mins on 395 N to 168 east to White Mountain Road. Discovery Trail - Walk on the west side of the loop to get to old trees faster. We will spend all day here, so we will first check out the old trees and then explore to see if we can find even better scenery!
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, Bristlecone Pines. Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age and exhibit spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood. The visitor center at Schulman Grove is open in summer, with interperative programs, gifts, and information about the trees. Several self guided trails allow you to explore the forest.
We spend the entire day here doing all kinds of shots, including sunset shots, and star trails plus some milky way too!
Once we finish, we head back down the mountain around 11pm and sleep back in LONE PINE (1 hr. 28mins and 65.9 miles)
Day 3 - LONE PINE TO OWENS LAKE 1 hr 5 mins 62 miles
Wake up early and breakfast. Leave for Owens Lake for Birding, landscape shots! We will also do some nature shots on the Owens River. After lunch we head home.
Home 3 hrs 29 mins 216 miles
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