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Lollipop Long Run Above June Lake

On August 28, 2010, in Running, by Meghan
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Bekah and Bryon pose at the boundary of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Where the earth’s landforms rise up in extreme fashion toward the heavens, like the east side of the Teton Range or the Sierra Nevada, people shush up and gawk. At the Sierra Nevada’s east side, our planet’s crust produces more than 10,000 vertical feet of elevation change in just a few crow-fly miles, enough grandeur to make grown men and women cry. I’ve always been a big picture kind of girl. I see easily where someone has been, and where they are going. I’m a good person to have on your team if you, too, possess a future-forward mentality. In my recreation life, this mostly means that I prefer the big views, the collective forest, the ecosystem-level observations.

On a sunny Saturday in July, Bekah, Bryon, and I took to the steep trails that ascended into the eastern Sierra Nevada from near the village of June Lake. Our route was lollipop-style, with about 17 miles and 6,000 feet of vertical gain. It was a great day to be alive, and I invite you to enjoy it vicariously through this photo journal.

Crimson Columbine boldly bloomed at about 8,000 feet on this July day.

Next door to the columbine was a row of Tiger Lilies. Mother Nature's quite a gardener, isn't she?

Bekah and Bryon make the talus-field climb towards Spooky Meadow from Agnew Lake.

From the talus field, the view looked back over the human-dammed Agnew Lake (Don't get me started.), out of the Sierra Nevada, and toward Mono Lake.

Bekah is not spooked by Spooky Meadow.

This is one of about 500 random lakes and ponds of the Sierra Nevada high country. This could have also been called "Mosquito Central."

Mt. Ritter rises over Thousand Island Lake, a natural and huge high country lake. It does have a buh-zillion islands, but they are not visible from this angle.

After several more hours and trail miles, we ran past Gem Lake to begin our slip-slide off the Sierra Nevada's eastern slope and back into civilization.

7 Responses to “Lollipop Long Run Above June Lake”

  1. Ewa says:

    This is what paradise is.

  2. Keith says:

    Hey…there’s no snow in your pictures?…maybe i should come there to escape the fresh dusting i have arrived home to??

  3. Danni says:

    Keith is just bragging ignore him.

  4. Meghan says:

    Ewa, thanks for the feedback over on my Blogger blog. That photo will be back again in some capacity, no doubt, as it’s a stunner. The High Sierra, as you know, really is paradise!

    Keith, oh go play in that stuff and enjoy it! 😉

    Danni, true ‘dat!

  5. Christina says:

    I can’t even imagine how beautiful a trail run in the sierra’s would be. It’s been years since I’ve been there and appreciate your pics.

  6. Meghan says:

    Christina, put it back on your “To Do List,” these Sierra. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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