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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lake Mary - Emearld Lake Trail - Duck Pass Trail - Mammoth Lakes - John Muir Wilderness - Coldwater Campgrounds - Inyo National Forest - The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine

Bunk Houses from the Mine Trail

Day #577 * Hike #667 * New Track #570
Thursday June 14, 2012
Lake Mary - Emearld Lake Trail - Duck Pass Trail - Mammoth Lakes
John Muir Wilderness - Coldwater Campgrounds - Inyo National Forest
My Tripometer: 1 Hour * 1.5 Miles * +225 Feet


 Lake Mary

Directions:
From Mammoth, we drove down Lake Mary Road and after our hike at Twin Lakes we continued down the road a bit further to Lake Mary.  We got out a few times, snapped some pictures but I decided that we had more rewarding hikes up near Mt. Whitney.  Lake Mary outdid Twin Lakes as far as its size and ability but after driving around it for awhile, we were bored.  However, we discovered Coldwater Campgrounds and since we were in the neighborhood, we turned in...


 Emerald Lake Trailhead - Sure, let's go for a Hike!

 A steady uphill climb - Ayden was mad and still in his PJ's

 We followed a creek and kept going up
(Early AM so the temperature was just right and plenty of shade)


 Keep Going...

 And Higher, but we turned back...

The Map

Emerald Lake wouldn't have been much further but Ayden was throwing such a fit so I turned around.  However, still in the campgrounds area I discovered another trailhead:

 Duck Pass Trailhead

 Bears have been haunting Ayden on this trip, but we didn't see any

The Duck Pass Trail

We didn't go far because Ayden wasn't having it.  So we turned back with the plan to drive to Lone Pine...

Day #577 * Hike #667 * New Track #570
Thursday June 14, 2012
The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine
John Muir Wilderness - Inyo National Forest - Mammoth Lakes
My Tripometer: 1 Hour * 1.25 Miles * +50 Feet


 A Mine?

Yet another trailhead in Coldwater Campground.  Ayden was more intrigued with this one and since the trail seemed relatively flat, let's check it out...
 After crossing a creek on a bridge, the trail was very pleasurable

 An old mining community hidden in the woods

 Ayden kept asking me where the people were?

 ...he thought they were burried in the ruins :)

Ayden is so literal with everything.
He was holding his breath because of the Toxic Gas
Now that I think about it, maybe I should have held mine :)

 Got some jumper cables...

 The trail kept going but this was our turnaround point...


Now, we begin our travel by car for the day...


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