Situated at the base of Mount Morrison, the deep blue waters of Convict Lake invite you to enjoy a liesurely picnic or stroll along the lakeside trail. The epitome of peacefulness today, Convict Lake got its name from an incident that was nothing but peaceful. In 1871, six inmates from a Nevada prison escaped here, and eventually battled their way out with a shootout, ultimately giving Convict Lake its name. Today visitors escape to Convict Lake for fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping and to enjoy fine dining at the Convict Lake Restaurant.
We hiked up along the south side of the mountain, up over the top of the snow line and to the left. This was definitely a moderate to advanced hike. On the other side, we got to see fresh bear tracks and I got excited. Climbing through sage brush, rock, sand, dust and weeds, we definitely got our work out! On the other side was a snow bed and beds of slate, granite, and metamorphic rock formations.
Canon Powershot A470, May 2010
Mammoth Lakes, CA