Flavor of Fall

There is no better designer than nature
There is no better designer than nature

Fall arrived early in the Eastern Sierras. A couple of weeks ago, Arrow, Dan, and I headed to the June Lake area to catch the first peek of color change. Fortunately it was before the very sad and big closures. This was a new area that I had not explored before and it did not disappoint with majestic peaks surrounded by gem colored lakes.

We started the day with a 5 mile out and back easy hike to Parker Lake. This is a perfect hike for families with gentle terrain and a huge reward at the lake. Then we headed to the Fern Lake trail head. This trail heads straight up the mountain with a 2000 foot elevation gain in less that 2 miles with an amazing little lake beckoning the hiker to stay, relax, and breath.

Our day was filled with fresh clean air, golden aspens, snow dusted mountains, and great company.

To view trail head locations and trail info click on the Everytrail topo maps below. Enjoy this short video “Photo Story” with lovely piano music by Yiruma.

Parker Lake GPS Track on Everytrail - Click to view
Parker Lake GPS Track on Everytrail – Click to view
Fern Lake GPS Track on Everytrail - Click to view
Fern Lake GPS Track on Everytrail – Click to view
  • View all photos from this trip on Flickr


  1. What a wonderful slideshow of your trip! I need to plan a fall trip to the Eastern Sierras. You’ve inspired me!

  2. Your photos are just beautiful – I’ve missed getting out to see the colors so far. Thank you for the showing! So sad about all the closures. =[

  3. The video made a wonderful “quiet moment” for me this morning as I sipped my coffee and was waking up. Thank you!

  4. Rockin’, nice pairing of thoughtful music with the outdoor experience. One thing I’ve always noticed in your blog is that all the photos containing humans, if their faces may be seen, is the smile on them! And then I thought, “well how could you not be smiling if you are in the backcountry?” Even hard work still equates to smiles. Being at ease in God’s country does a body good.

    I just got back from five days in Sedona. Mostly just enjoying the small arts town but did have one hike on the Jim Thompson trail. It was so lovely. I am now in love with the red rocks. And I don’t think I frowned one time while I was there. So I am sticking to my theory about being outdoors and smiling. It’s impossible not to. Sorry, didn’t mean to steal the thread.

  5. Breathtaking! I love EveryTrail. Reminds me of the very first hiking site I used years ago. Thanks!

  6. Stunning shots as usual Rockin’. I need to get going to finish editing my PCT section hike video from August in the 3-Sisters area.

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