The only temporary perk of having a drought is that the snow above 11,000' has already melted in early June. With that in mind, Eric Hauck and I ventured up to the high Emigrant Wilderness for several days of backpacking and adventuring near High Emigrant Lake. After acclimating to the high elevations at Leavitt Lake for an evening (terribly rough road for rugged 4x4 rigs only) we headed off on our 8.5mi adventure bright and early the next morning. 2500ft of elevation gain, at high elevations and over rough trail, was very tiring, but the views and the geology were spectacular. We caught six brookies in several hours of fishing over two days... not the hottest action I've ever seen at the lake. Every fish was at least 15" long and the largest was about 17" and weighed close to 2.5lbs (easily). Enjoy our explorations, and if you'd like to see a high resolution version of the images, let me know!
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.