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Laurel Creek Drainage

Postby mountainLight » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:19 am

Well it is taking me forever to get the pictures for this trip finished, so I will go ahead and post one of them now and get the others up shortly. This is an early morning shot of Laurel Creek. The peak back right is Red and White.


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It is now looking a little dark on this work monitor. Oh well, when i have more time.



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Postby copeg » Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:55 pm

Whan an incredible image mountainLight! I'm looking forward to more...
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Postby Windwalker » Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:03 pm

Beautiful mountainLight!!!
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Postby ifernau » Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:18 pm

Beautiful serene image.
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Postby Buck Forester » Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:13 am

VERY beautiful! This area is high on my list, it's such a gorgeous basin! You nailed this one! I'd like to see more from this trip... NOW! ha!
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Postby mountainLight » Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:27 pm

A few more ... storm coming on just below Mott lake.

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Looking down on Rosey Finch lake ... covered in beautiful blue potholes

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This is a pano made of 5 vertically stitched images.

more to come ...
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:29 am

Cool! Love the pano! :D
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Postby CSF » Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:05 pm

Nice! Not sure where Laurel Creek is? Mind sharing where that little slice of heaven is?
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Postby mountainLight » Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:42 pm

Sure. Laurel Creek dumps out of Laurel Lake and Grinell Lakes. It is a side trail off of the mono creek trail. We left from the west out of Lake Thomas Edison. Most of the pictures taken here were off trail leaving the trail at the meadow above the switch backs.

http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=11&n=4145114&e=335600&size=l&datum=nad83

Our intention was to make a loop from laurel creek up and over into hopkins basin and then up and over again into Pioneer Basin back down mono creek trail to edison. However, high water levels in both Laurel and Hopkins creeks had us change our plans and do the loop the other way over Rosey Finch pass (not sure if this is the real name) down to mott lake and out.

Thanks for looking
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Re: Laurel Creek Drainage

Postby bdandy » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:54 pm

how is it getting from los angeles county? what is the best way to get to the trail head? also would you consider this a beginner expert or intermediate hike.. atleast to the first picture.. looks like EXCELLENT fishing
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Re: Laurel Creek Drainage

Postby sparky » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:41 pm

This is off trail, lots of things can go wrong if you aren't experienced using topo maps and cross country travel.


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looks beautiful though, I would like to visit someday
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Re: Laurel Creek Drainage

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Hi Bdandy,

Welcome to HST!
Laurel Creek has a trail, and can be access from the Mosquito Flat Trailhead via
Mono Pass down the Mono Creek Trail to the Laurel Creek Trail then up to Laurel
Lake which is about 14.8 miles one way. No need to go cross country, plenty
to see and do on trail.
The alternative route is to take the fairy across Lake Thomas Edison, take
the Mono Creek Trail up to Laurel Creek Trail to Laurel Lake which is 10.8 miles from
the dock.
Mott Lake would be 7.1 miles from the dock.
The Laurel Lake area is very pretty, but Grinnell Lake is close by and is one of the
gems of the central Sierra which should be on your itinerary too.
The drive to Edison would take longer, but your hike in would be shorter mileage
and elevation (effort) wise.
Mosquito Flat is at 10200, Mono pass is 12000, and the Laurel Creek Junction is at
8800.
Dock at the lake is at 7680, so that is a 1120 ft climb to the Laurel Creek Junction
but your climb up to Mono from Mosquito is 1800 ft, and going back out its all
down hill to the dock as opposed to a 3200 ft climb back up to Mono Pass.
There are several areas like Pioneer Basin (good fishing), Hopkins Lake, and 4th
Recess Lake which are all quite beautiful and could be included into your trip when
coming in from Mosquito Flat.
You also have beautiful Little Lakes Valley right near Mosquito Flats to spend a night
at if need be.
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