On A Watershed Exploration Trip — Evolution Valley

17 08 2010

Looking SE -- Evolution Valley at 1:30 O'Clock From Florence Lake

While the waves are taking a break, I’m going to do the same.  Off to Evolution Valley in the Sierra Nevada.

It’s a trip our group has been considering for about 12 years.  Evolution Valley ranges from high-altitude arctic tundra to alpine meadows to chaparral.  You can either start from Florence Lake, which is part of Southern California Edison’s Big Creek Hydroelectric Generation System, their largest hydro provider.  Or, you can come over Paiute Pass (approx. 13,000′) from North Lake, which is on the east side of the Sierra, west of Bishop.

We will be starting from Florence Lake.  We’ll hike for a few days to see how far up the valley we can get.  Along the way, we’ll probably do some side hikes up to the nearby lakes, passes, and peaks.  Then, we’ll take a couple days to get back to the car.  The valley is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in the Sierra.

I can’t afford the extra weight of a laptop and satellite phone, so I won’t be posting for about a week.  But, look out because I’ll have plenty of time to think about the oddball stuff I think about.  And you know what that means–more posts, like ’em or leave ’em.

So, excuse me while I get high for a week (in altitude of course).  Then, we’ll be rejoining The Crowd.


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