We heard the leaves were wonderful at Conway Summit so we headed that way. When we got there, we found some nice patches, but nothing amazing. What to do? We thought about hiking a trail out of Virginia Lake, but Susan suggested a cross-county route to an unnamed lake. So, with a minimal amount of advance planning, we decided to try it. It turns out that the road went much further than was shown on the map, and that the views of Dunderberg Peak, Gabbro Peak, Epidote Peak as well as West and Green Lakes were well worth the hike. We also sumitted Peak 11274'. On the way back, we decided to take a different route and explore some mining prospects. This was also very interesting. We started with views of Mono Lake that reminded us of the view from Dana Peak. Next up, three cabins and a four stamp mill, and then on our cross-county route back to the car, we found another cabin not marked on our map. On the drive out we visited some of the aspens, and found several arborglyphs. Not what we were expecting when we started the day, but a very enjoyable adventure.
|The unnamed lake with Dunderberg Peak on the right.|
|Bob with Excelsior Peak|
|Four stamp mill|
|Our last view of Dunderberg Peak|