Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I Can See For Miles

May 3, 2017

Hiking track link

Based on a recommendation from our friend, Collette, we decided to head up to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Our original plan was to walk in and see the trees, but Ron and Nancy were heading up to try and find their Inyo County sage-grouse, so we decided to help them in the morning and see the trees in the afternoon.

Our sage-grouse expedition was lovely, but did not turn up any grouse. Unfortunately, this is fairly typical. We did though see several piles of sage-grouse poop, so they do occasionally use the area.

We then headed over to the Schulman Grove picnic area to have lunch and we formed a plan to climb one of the small nearby mountains. It was a great choice. In addition to the bristlecones on the way up, we had amazing views from the top -- the Sierra from Whitney to peaks near Sonora, White Mountain, Eureka Sand Dunes, Maturango Peak, Telescope Peak, the Grapevine Mountains, and even mountains in Nevada. Combine this with a calm sunny 70 degree day and life doesn’t get any better than this.

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