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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby alpinemike » Sat May 14, 2016 10:56 am

Nope, sorry. Not Kennedy Lake.
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby SSSdave » Sat May 14, 2016 2:17 pm

No one has id'd it Mike so it must be obscure. Will add a few clues I see.

1) Per the rules it must actually have a name so not some no name pond haha and that eliminates much. Apparently a part of a larger lake than viewed else it would not be a lake.
2) To this person, it does not look like the Southern Sierra but rather the more ice cap ground down Central south of Sonora Pass and per below on the east side. Very similar to what one sees at Summit Lake on the divide but is not there.
3) Whitebark pines, red mountain heather, and timberline show elevation likely 9k and above.
4) There is a rock glacier at mid frame left indicating snow likely blows in winter over the ridge line there and drops down on side indicating that faces north. Another clue to direction is the red mountain heather would not be there if that was facing sunny south.
5) The rock glacier is also an indication the background ridge could be the Sierra Crest.
6) This could be morning sun on a dim monsoon day with the sun off to the left per shadows. Late summer the sun rises due east then rotates a bit southeast while moving west.
7) If that is the case then center frame could be facing south-southwest or southwest. And if so it would be a lake without a ridge due south but rather one with a open view like one on the north side wall bench of an east to west trending canyon.
8) Peak top at center shows a curving ridge line that likely is a steep face below that ridge towards the north.
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby TehipiteTom » Sat May 14, 2016 3:39 pm

alpinemike wrote:I will admit this one will probably be quite tough, but I'm very curious if anyone has been here so good luck.

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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby alpinemike » Sun May 15, 2016 10:42 pm

If the lake must have a name then I must have missed that in the rules. But that would also mean Rogue's lake in the enchanted gorge wouldn't count either.

Since no one has been able to give a positive identification and it's been a few days I will provide a crucial clue. This scene is located on the west side of the Black Divide. If you can figure out the mountain on the ridge line on the left side this shouldn't be too hard.
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby tomba » Sun May 15, 2016 11:55 pm

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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby alpinemike » Mon May 16, 2016 8:24 am

Very nicely done Tomba. That is the exact spot indeed. Such a beautiful area that resembles nothing of the typical Black Divide terrain to me. Without a doubt one of the most remote spots in the Sierra. Have you ever been there by chance?

In any case you are up!
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby SSSdave » Mon May 16, 2016 1:53 pm

alpinemike wrote:If the lake must have a name then I must have missed that in the rules. But that would also mean Rogue's lake in the enchanted gorge wouldn't count either.

Since no one has been able to give a positive identification and it's been a few days I will provide a crucial clue. This scene is located on the west side of the Black Divide. If you can figure out the mountain on the ridge line on the left side this shouldn't be too hard.



Hi Mike,

After the thread was started I informally suggested we limit photos to places that have names because there are myriad no name peaks, lakes, and ponds that would be difficult to identify. I've been to many locations without names that look like no one has visited those areas in decades if ever and would not expect anyone might identify such places. In your picture's case that peak in the back is part of Wheel Mountain so that would qualify. If a postee posts an image with a noname lake they might note the lake does not have a name that would indicate some other prominent feature in an image like a peak does have a name.
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby tomba » Mon May 16, 2016 9:39 pm

alpinemike wrote:Have you ever been there by chance?


No I haven't. Your hint was a big help. I read the TR from your trip there. Google Earth confirmed the view and helped find the exact spot.

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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue May 17, 2016 5:58 am

Big Chief Lake

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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby wildhiker » Tue May 17, 2016 10:55 am

Rogue, are you posting the next photo? Yours is of Cotton Lake with the Silver Divide in the background.
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby tomba » Tue May 17, 2016 7:32 pm

Correct, Big Chief Lake.
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Re: Mystery Spot

Postby tomba » Tue May 17, 2016 9:00 pm

wildhiker: confirmed (see photo). You are next.

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