Altha Lake, by Dave Norton

Altha Lake, near Mammoth Lakes, CA by Dave Norton
Altha Lake, near Mammoth Lakes, CA by Dave Norton 2013. Fuji FinePix XP20. Dave writes, “Here’s a shot and panorama of Altha (Althea on some maps) Lake, 10,000 feet elevation, four miles out of Agnew Meadows near Mammoth Lakes.”

“Friend Russ and I were looking for good high Sierras fishing at a less-popular lake. The lake is accessible on a dead-end trail, but only a small portion of the perimeter can be reached by the casual fisherman/backpacker. We did a bit of sketchy rock climbing and found an ideal spot, dining on foot-long Rainbows for two days. This view graced our morning breakfast, warmed by a small fire to take the chill off. We were remarkably fortunate (for the first full week in October) to have cool sunny weather. We’ll be back next October, the 50th anniversary of our first backpacking trip into the Sierras. The camera is my Fuji FinePix XP20, set on automatic as usual.”


Altha Lake Panorama, near Mammoth Lakes, CA by Dave NortonDave wrote, “The pan is three panes stitched together by the camera, self-framing and very clever. It amazes me what a rank amateur can do with a $100 pocket camera!”

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Garnet Lake

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Dave writes: “Here’s a pan of Garnet Lake, near Mammoth. Buddy Russ and I hiked in in July of ‘07. It’s six miles in from the Agnew Meadows trailhead, with an elevation gain of 2,000 ft. I didn’t realize until the first night that I had left my (our only) tent in the car. The lake is around 9,700 ft, fairly lightly visited (we had the lake to ourselves), with good fishing for Brookies and Rainbows. I took some interesting video up there, mostly concerned with the lack of tent combined with the presence of rain. Russ rigged his plastic poncho in the lower limbs of a nearby tree and slept under that. I slept in the open with my bag completely inside one of those aluminized mylar emergency “survival” bags. Worked like a charm, warm and dry, if a little noisy with the rain pelting the mylar. It’s challenges like that that make for a memorable trip. The area, and Garnet especially, is gorgeous. Our camp is on a bay with a shalllow sandy bottom no more than 2-3 feet deep out at least 50 yards, which makes for great flycasting into the deep water at the edge. Check the area on GoogleEarth, it’s spectacular.

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