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San Jose, California
October 4-6, 2013
  Fall Retreat Mono Lake

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The Place

  Fall Retreat Mono Lake

The Experience

If you like California alpine lakes, EASY hikes, amazing geological formations, fascinating engineering feats and their effect on mankind, then this retreat is for you. We will be camping at the Silver Lake Campground on the June Lake Loop. Silver Lake Resort, which is right across the street is the oldest trout fishing resort in the eastern Sierra. Silver Lake is a fine spot for relaxing, swimming, fishing and fellowshipping. We have 5 sites reserved and room for 20 campers, the cost is $15 per person for the weekend. If you don't like to camp, there are a number of resort hotels close by including one across the street, within walking distance from the campground. To reserve a site e-mail me at johnr@wildrecovery.org or call 831-462-0262. Dogs are welcome.

Walking The Walk
Friday

Fridays hike will be to Gem Lake, on the Rush Creek trail that starts across from the campground. If we get an early enough start we may go up to Waugh Lake. At Gem Lake you can witness the engineering feats I referred to earlier. Gem Lake is a natural lake that has been enlarged with a dam to generate power and supply water to LA. This and similar dams led to the 20 year legal battle between the LADWP and the residents, defenders of Mono Lake and Owens Valley fighting for the plants and animals that depend on this watershed. A battle you can read all about when we visit Mono Lake on Sunday.

Level 3 - 6.5 miles - 2,000 feet
Hosts: Di & John

The photo below is of Silver Lake and the campground where we will be staying. This photo was taken from the Rush Creek trail on the way to Gem lake. The day I took this photo it was overcast and smoky. The smoke was from the beginning of the Rim Fire in Yosemite, which has since been contained and should not affect our retreat.

Walking The Walk
Saturday

Saturday we will travel 26 miles up highway 120 to the Saddlebag Lake Resort, which is where we will find the trail head for the 20 lake loop. This 7 mile loop hike winds through some of the most beautiful alpine scenery and concentration of small lakes I've ever seen. The lakes are all nestled in a small valley hanging on the Eastern edge of the Sierras. With an elevation gain of only 310 feet it's one of the easier hikes we will do in Wild Recovery this year. Following the hike we will treat ourselves to another one of our infamous hungry hiker pot lucks. Bring your appetite and something to share.
Level 2 - 7.0 miles - 310 feet
Hosts: Di & John

Walking The Walk
Sunday

Sunday, after a brief Just for Today meeting, we will break camp and take a leisurely drive over to Navy Beach, on Mono lake, to witness the infamous Tufa Towers up close and personal. Although we won't have an organized hike for Sunday, we highly recommend a trip down to the Lake before you leave. Mono Lake is over 700,000 years old and one of the oldest lakes on the continent. It would be a shame to miss it.
   

Getting There

 There are two main routes to Mono Lake. One is over Sonora Pass Hwy 108 which are the directions on the flyer. The other is Tioga Pass Hwy 120 thru Yosemite. Having driven both roads my suggestion is Tioga Pass. It's a few miles longer but not near as winding. The views from both are exceptional. The photo below is from Tioga Pass.

Please note that Oakdale is usually the last place to get reasonably priced gas after that it's hit or miss and the distance between gas stations can be considerable.

Directions via Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) Take I-880N to Mission Blvd to I-680N. Take 680N to I-580E toward Livermore. Merge onto I-205E. Merge onto I-5N for one mile. Take Exit CA-120E toward Manteca, go 6.3 miles, keep left at fork, to CA-99N. Go 1.7 mi to CA-120E/Yosemite Ave. Exit right & go 19.8 miles. Turn left onto CA-108E (F St) (the following was not on the flyer due to space restrictions for printing. It's just a short jog in the Hwy that's pretty hard to miss.) go 37.2 miles. Turn right on Peaceful Oak Rd. go .2 miles and make a left on CA-108E/Mono Way. Go 75.3 miles to US-395. Turn right on US-395 S, go 47.2 mi & turn right on Hwy158S (June Lake Loop). Go 8.7 miles to the Silver Lake Campground on the left.

Directions via Hwy 120 (Tioga Pass) Take I-880N to Mission Blvd to I-680N. Take 680N to I-580E toward Livermore. Merge onto I-205E. Merge onto I-5N for one mile. Take Exit CA-120E toward Manteca, go 6.3 miles, keep left at fork, to CA-99N. Go 1.7 mi to CA-120E/Yosemite Ave. Exit right & go 19.8 miles. Turn left onto CA-108E (East F St) follow CA-108E/CA-120E for 25 miles. Turn right onto CA-120E in 12.6 miles turn right onto Old Priest Grade and continue on CA-120E for another 36.5 miles. Turn left onto CA-120E Tioga Pass to Lee Vining. Drive 58.6 miles to CA-395. Turn Right onto CA-395S drive 5.1 miles to Hwy158. Turn right on Hwy158S (June Lake Loop). Go 8.7 miles to the Silver Lake Campground on the left.

   





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