We drove out on Friday morning hoping for some nice fall colors. Not many aspens here along 108.
Looking south along 395 from Mono Lake vista
Along the June Lake Loop - a small amount of color.
We met up with the GBA 4x4 group while airing down for the run into Laurel Lakes.
On the switchbacks into Laurel Lakes
Upper Laurel Lake
The mjp303 and pascochris mobiles.
That's an old miner's trail on the mountainside.
Cachers on the hunt at Upper Laurel
David checks out the view.
Airsax was skipping rocks and her watch flew off. Here is step 1 of the recovery efforts.
Almost there, but not quite enough.
Fizzy to the rescue! Good thing there were goggles available.
At Laurel Lake
The road was just clear of snow.
David with the bthomasmobile.
triplep220 and xtremekid
Colors in the rock around here are awesome.
Signing a cache log - hey check out the view behind you!
Next up: Flight 802. We leave the cars here - the rest is off-trail and on foot.
First we head up a steep slope.
We squeezed this hike in before sunset, which made the light perfect for gorgeous views.
The group attains the ridge that will lead us to the crash site.
bthomas, fearless trail boss
The crash site is just below the ridge in front of us, in the shadow to the right side of the ridge.
View towards the sierra - The Palisades
My shadow and approaching cachers - the off-trail contour to this site is a bit gnarly.
Evening on White Mountain
Approaching the crash site - a makeshift cross is on the top of the hill, made from remnants of the plane.
Near the crash site I start finding personal items. Nearly 40 people died when the plane flew into the side of this mountain in 1974.
We're at the site - the crash site is obvious from the debris and burn zone.
Large remains of the plane.
Metal, melted onto the rock, reminders of the fire from the crash.
Crash debris - some of it fused together from the hot fire
Chris and Shane take in the crash site
A boot heel