Having fond memories of Little Lakes Valley from our first visit in 2012, we decided to take another hike there during our October 2014 visit to the Eastern Sierra.
We started in the early afternoon, thinking that as the shadows would grow longer, we’d hike “into nicer light” for some photos (which is, in my opinion, far more desirable than being somewhere at an unearthly hour, and then hike in as the light gets worse – just saying;-).
Yesterday’s cloud and rain intermezzo at Mono Lake remained an exception however, and the weather was back to all clear and sunny when we started out hike at the Mosquito Flats trailhead.
Up at Long Lake we noticed a little use-trail veering off to the left, leading away from the lake and the main trail – since we had already been to the area above Long Lake on our previous visit we thought we might as well see something new, and continued up on that little trail. It led to aptly named “Hidden Lake” (not that hidden, after all) and we spent some time there, enjoying the quiet and solitude, the gentle sounds of the water, and the mesmerizing sparkles of sunlight on the water, rippled by a steady, gentle breeze.
We had some snacks, and decided to just call it quits, have a nice dinner instead of waiting for sunset somewhere up in the valley and then finding our way back in the dark with the light of a headlamp or flashlight. The joys of a vacation. :-)
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