Camping Adventure In The Eastern Sierras

Last week we left on a camping/jeeping trip with some friends up to the Eastern Sierra region of California.  It is by far one of my favorite areas in California.  Whenever I go up there, I never want to come home.  Here are a few photos from my adventure.

Day 1 – Traveling Up To Camp – August 08., 2014

The first day was spent on the road with a few scenic stops along the way.  Trip started out in Victorville, with stops at Kramer Junction, Olancha, Lone Pine, Bishop and our final resting spot “French Camp”.

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Old wagon at Lone Pine, CA

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Creek at French Camp, CA

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Sunset at Camp

 Day 2 – Jeeping Up Behind French Camp – August 09, 2014

This day was spent on a trail up behind the hills of French Camp.  We stumbled across a secluded little lake that we don’t know the name of and it was so beautiful.

Headed up the trail...pretty jeeps all in a row

Headed up the trail…pretty jeeps all in a row

Secluded little lake

Secluded little lake

Contemplating Life

Contemplating Life

Our jeep nestled amongst the trees at the lake

Our jeep nestled amongst the trees at the lake

Day 3 –  Lake Adventures – August 10, 2014

We spent Sunday on more jeep trails.  Before heading out on the trail, we stopped at Twin Lakes in Mammoth. So pretty.  And then headed up a trail off of Sherwin Creek Rd that led us to one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve seen.  It was up at the 10000 ft level and it is a glacier lake called “Laurel Lake”.  You definitely need 4 wheel drive to get up here or some kind of all-terrain vehicle.  The climb is steep at times and not for the faint-hearted.  The drops at the side of the road are quite scary at times.  But it is 100% worth the drive.

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Beautiful scenery on trail

Beautiful scenery on trail

Rocky trail

Rocky trail

Laurel Lake

Laurel Lake

 

Day 4 – Rock Creek & Convict Lake – August 11, 2014

On this day, our friends left us to travel home and my husband and I stayed up in the area.  We decided to camp at French Camp one more night, so we spent the day just traveling around locally.  We visited Rock Creek which was about 9 miles up from our camp, and took a trip to my favorite place “Convict Lake”

Rock Creek

Rock Creek

Pretty Flowers

Pretty Flowers

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Convict Lake

Day 5 – Relaxing Day at Convict Lake August 12, 2014

Spent a little bit of the morning checking out the Owen’s River Gorge, by both driving in the gorge and then heading up the hills to look down into the gorge.  Then checked into a cabin at Convict Lake.  After 4 days of camping and no showers, we were ready for a comfy bed and a hot shower 🙂

Owen's River Gorge

Owen’s River Gorge

Pretty yellow flowers in the gorge

Pretty yellow flowers in the gorge

Our cabin at Convict Lake

Our cabin at Convict Lake

Our welcoming committee at the cabin

Our welcoming committee at the cabin

View behind the cabin

View behind the cabin

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Sunset at Convict Lake

Day 6 – Time to go home via some beautiful spots – August 13, 2014

I hate going home after vacation, especially one in the Eastern Sierras.  But all good things must come to an end.  We drove home via Mono Lake, Benton Hot Springs and Randsburg.  Can’t wait to go back and do it all again.  I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos, as much as I enjoyed taking them 🙂

Tufa's at Mono Lake

Tufa’s at Mono Lake

A simply beautiful morning at Mono Lake

A simply beautiful morning at Mono Lake

Old store at Benton Hot Springs

Old store at Benton Hot Springs

Old buildings in Randsburg

Old buildings in Randsburg

 

2 thoughts on “Camping Adventure In The Eastern Sierras

  1. once more Lesley a wonderful set of photos well put together with your explanation of the route you and Brian travelled.

  2. What a marvellous trip and so many stunning photos, you will have many more I am sure. Definitely places to go back to.

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