Woods Lake CA

At such a high elevation there are still patches of snow in mid-August, late snow-melt providing life for wildflowers when elsewhere in the Sierra Nevadas they have already come and gone. A glacial landscape of pretty wildflowers and dramatic grey rock-mountains. The lush greenery of the shaded creek and the sun-baked dryness of high desert. Windswept and wild. Part of the Desolation Wilderness, this place is a peaceful and unpopulated place to hike.

Bright wildflowers grow all over the rocky meadow, melt from the late snow still visible on the mountain making for a lush landscape, Woods Lake, California

Bright wildflowers grow all over the rocky meadow, melt from the late snow still visible on the mountain making for a lush landscape.

At a high elevation and susceptible to strong winds, the trees on the mountain tops are gnarly and stunted, but lush colourful wildflowers grow at their feet, Woods Lake, CaliforniaRichly textured and mossy bark of a gnarly tree, Woods Lake, California

At a high elevation and susceptible to strong winds, the trees on the mountain tops are gnarly and stunted, but lush colourful wildflowers grow at their feet; Richly textured and mossy bark of a gnarly tree.

A dirt path winds its way through the rocky meadows along the hill tops, Woods Lake, California

A dirt path winds its way through the rocky meadows along the hill tops.

Orange flowers grow near a rock in the shade where the vegetation is much greener and soft, Woods Lake, CaliforniaA lake in front of the grey rocky mountains and cliffs of this glacial landscape which still hold snow well into August, Woods Lake, California

Orange flowers grow near a rock in the shade where the vegetation is much greener and soft; A lake in front of the grey rocky mountains and cliffs of this glacial landscape which still hold snow well into August.

A small deep blue lake lies in the middle of the dry, rocky and hilly landscape of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Woods Lake, California

A small deep blue lake lies in the middle of the dry, rocky and hilly landscape of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Green leafy plants with tiny delicate flowers grow out from the rocks in the shade beside a creek, Woods Lake, CaliforniaLooking out from the dark silhouette of gnarly trees to a lake and the grey rocky hillsides, Woods Lake, California

Green leafy plants with tiny delicate flowers grow out from the rocks in the shade beside a creek; Looking out from the dark silhouette of gnarly trees to a lake and the grey rocky hillsides.

Dark and ancient glacial cliffs loom over windswept trees and purple wildflowers, Woods Lake, California

Dark and ancient glacial cliffs loom over windswept trees and purple wildflowers.

Lush, green and cool, the landscape along the shaded creek is starkly different to the harsh, rocky, sun-bleached landscape only a few hundred meters away, Woods Lake, California

Lush, green and cool, the landscape along the shaded creek is starkly different to the harsh, rocky, sun-bleached landscape only a few hundred meters away.

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