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Convict Canyon Backpack Trip Report, (Si erras, CA)
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Convict Canyon BP: 20.8 miles, w/ 4000' el gain
“ Convict Canyon Backpack and Dayhikes
Saturday: We arrived at Convict Lake (7640') and started our weekend trip up the long rugged Convict Canyon. Convict Lake is named for a group of escaped prisoners in 1871 that ended up in this canyon while being pursued by a posse. One of the posse leaders, Robert Morrison was killed and the spectacular peak of Mt Morrison (elev. 12,268) was named after him. Our morning view on snowboarding weekends is Mt Morrison and Laurel Peak, from where we camp in Long Valley..
We started around the north shore of Convict Lake, with Mt Morrison and Laurel Peak towering high above. At 1 mile we reached a fork that goes around the lake. This is the path we took to end our trip. We continued up the rocky canyon, with some of the oldest rock in the Sierra above us. At 3.5 miles we came to a creek crossing. The bridge that went across it was now gone, only the cement structure remained. By the time we figured we'd have to walk wade through to get across, 7 other dayhikers were gathering. The water from the snowmelt was cold!
The trail continued up rocky switchbacks, then leveled out before reaching Mildred Lake (9760'), 5 miles from the trailhead. We had lunch here, taking in the views of Red Slate Mountain and meadows to the south, Mt Baldwin and Mt Morrison to the east, and our trail to Lake Dorothy to the west. After lunch, we followed the trail on the east side of Mildred Lake (like the topo showed), and ended up trying to get around streams winding through the meadow. We finally crossed in Teva's, wasting 45 minutes wandering aimlessly through the maze of flowing water. Once on the rocky trail, we could see a bridge at the outlet of Mildred lake, and a trail going around the west side of the lake. This is the way we would go back.
At 6.5 miles we reached Lake Dorothy (10,275'), beautiful, surrounded by snow covered peaks, trees and red slate mountains around the shore. We took the trail to the north, and headed up another 300' to a saddle, then a steep descent to Lake Genevieve (10,000') with a total distance of 7.7 miles for the day. The campsites on the west side of the lake were in the trees and buggy. We hiked uphill to a nice campsite (10,064') overlooking Lake Genevieve and its red slate shoreline and slopes. We hiked even higher to see what was on the next ridge and found ponds, one of which a coyote was crossing the inlet. My camera beeped and he ran off. Gotta figure out how to turn it off.
Dinner was great! The weather was great! We had this beautiful lake all to ourselves! We felt great!
Sunday: It was warm out, so we had breakfast, threw everything in the tent, then went for a short dayhike. We followed a creek up to Edith Lake (10,XXX), surrounded by red slate slopes to the north and trees to the south with snow covered peaks beyond. After taking pictures we hiked south into the trees and found Cloverleaf Lake (10,335'), in a bowl surrounded by snow slopes. Took more pictures, then headed back to camp, 2 miles r/t.
We packed up, followed the steep switchbacks to a high point of 10,5XX’. From here we could see Mildred Lake and its meadows, with the peaks and passes to the south. Mildred looked so small from up here. We continued down to Lake Dorothy, stashed the packs, and headed south to the trees at the other end of the lake. We followed the steep use trail, with snow crossings near the top of the ridge leading to Big Horn Lake (10,556). This little hike was 3.4 miles r/t from the trail junction at Lake Dorothy.
We had a quick lunch, and headed back to the trailhead. We had encountered no other people while we in the Lake Dorothy and Lake Genevieve basins. Amazing we had such a beautiful area all to ourselves when its within a days hike from a popular trailhead! The creek crossing was just as cold as it was the day before, but a little easier since we knew what to expect. We took the fisherman’s shortcut trail to the road end, and dropped the packs. Scott had twisted his ankle twice, so I hiked the extra mile to get the truck from the hikers parking lot. On the way, I stopped at the boat rental booth to ask if the trail across the way led to the hiker parking lot. The guy sitting there was Keith, one of the lift operators from the Gondola 2 on Mammoth Mountain. Later I told Scott, and he asked me if Keith recognized me without my helmet, goggles and jacket….duh! No wonder he looked confused! To end our trip we had a mouth-watering local rainbow trout dinner at the Inn at Convict Lake Resort Restaurant. This establishment is touted as ‘The Best Restaurant in the Eastern Sierra’, and you won’t get an argument from us.. Its not too often you have a great restaurant waiting at the trailhead!”
“Photos by SnowDude. I lost 3 rolls of film from our trip this morning on the way to work. Must've fallen off my bumper....duh!”
“never place any photographic equip or sunglasses on any flat surface of your car as you are invariably doomed by the powers that be,to forget them there and drive off and leave them in the dust.
I have lost 1 pair of sunglasses,a bag of not so important laundry and stupidly once i drove 5 miles at 50 mph with a camera lens in its box on the roof of my car-it was still there when i got out of my car!!!!”
“btw,dorothy lake looks kick ass.Nice scenary there.I'll have to check it out next time i'm north of bishop.”
“Great pictures, sorry to hear about your rolls of film.
Cool shots of the frogs! I heard a bunch of them in the evening while camped at Robinson Lake last weekend, but never saw any.
How far is that area from White Mountain Peak? I may be the only one from our "Mt. Whitney Death-March Group" going down there this weekend.”
“Cool beans, SN! See yas at VA Lake!”
White Mountain is about 40 miles from Big Pine, if I remember right. The last 16-17 miles is on a dirt road. A few years ago I drove too fast (pyramid shaped rocks were waiting for me) and had 2 flat tires by the time I got there. Last time the road was pretty clear, and cars were driving up (slow, but moving). That's a great warm up for Whitney!
Davex goes up there...Dave, did you make it up recently?
Yeah, Rosey, my pack is ready! Can't wait!”
“Once again, your pictures are astounding and outstanding. If I ever get out west, I wanna go hiking with you two. The places you guys get to go to are awsome! Thanks for the virtual trip.”
“Snownymph,no I havent been up yet.
Didnt get my plane tix to Aspen,mammoth trip vaporized,car deal fell thru,no biz at work=no deniro for davex @#$%*&!!!!!!!!!!!”
“As usual, awesome pics!!!
I tried to hike that way in 1993, but a very heavy winter caused the trail to be blocked not too far from the trailhead. I wonder if that was when the damage happened to that bridge?”
“Very cool pics Snow! Sounds like a good time was had by all! You are THE Woman!!”
“Still haven't found my 3 rolls of film
Phil, The water coming down Convict Canyon was powerful! I can see it tearing down the bridge during El Nino. You should try it again sometime. I probably will, since I didn't get my pics.
Nice pics Snow People!
“I really like the looks of Big Horn Lake. Thanks for the virtual tour!
I never would have thought anyone could make mosquito netting look glamorous ;)”
I get funny looks after, if we walk into town and I still have it on. Especially when I wear the short shorts and jogbra.
Someone thought it looked sexy....maybe cuz its see-thru???”
“I'd like to see that. Got any pictures?”
“btw, we changed the site a little.
Now we reaally gotta go! Got a long drive!
Have a great weekend!”
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