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93546, Crowley Lake

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Hiking in Little Lakes Valley

Dear ——–,

We started off our day by picking up a pastrami sandwich at Tom’s Place, and then headed off to start a hike through Little Lakes Valley. The trail, which begins at the ominously named Mosquito Flats, was pretty popular. We certainly bumped into some characters — a girl who looked transported right out of Silver Lake in her moccasins and oversized glasses, a man who covered every inch of his face except his forehead with so much sunscreen it looked like clown paint, a couple of bleary-eyed guys clutching their Bud Lites and snickering. What made this trail great, though, was that we had pretty scenes to look at the entire seven-mile roundtrip walk. (Why do trails where the only payoff comes when you reach the summit?) Sometimes we were walking by meadows fringed with shimmying Aspen trees; at others, we were clambering over geometric blocks of rosy granite. We even saw fields blooming with Sierra columbine and mountain aster. We passed several lakes before settling down for a picnic by Gem Lake, whose water was a divine shade of peacock green-blue. We settled into the boughs of twisted Jeffrey pines to enjoy our sandwiches.

(By the way, we saw lots of dogs on this trail, in case you’re looking for dog-friendly hikes.)


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

One thought on “93546, Crowley Lake

  1. one of my fave hikes in recent memory! highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!

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