It’s still definitely summery out there, even though it’s September. The Sierra and the Inyo Mountains beckon, with plenty of on- and off-trail rambling to go around. Pictures from recent jaunts up to Gable Lakes (out of Pine Creek Canyon near Bishop) and upper Marble Canyon, in the Inyo Mountains near where we walked in 2008, are featured here.
Upper marble canyon
We did a nice walk on Labor Day off the Waucoba/Saline Valley Road, an unpaved road that forks off the paved Death Valley Road to drop into Saline Valley itself. We got about 4 miles down this road before a large washout stopped us. We’d only planned to drive about 5 miles anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal to walk.
We ended up doing a longer-than-planned-but-still-fun loop up Upper Marble Canyon (we’d walked its lower section in 2008), with the bonus that it had recently flash-flooded and was still wet and mud covered. Impressive limestone cliffs and some pretty narrow sections too!