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Re: McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color

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avatar McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color
October 09, 2012 07:35PM
I resolved my indecision regarding a Hilton Lakes backpack and car-camping by a hot spring...by backpacking up McGee Creek, driving to Mammoth Saturday and doing a one-night trip to Steelhead Lake on Sunday.

I've seen better fall color in the eastern Sierra, it seems like color is proceeding quickly from the yellow phase to brown. Probably the best example of this is in Lee Vining Canyon, at the first sharp right curve after Ellery Lake where the trees on the left (west) side of the little stream were fading and the trees on the right side were part green part yellow.

It turned out McGee Creek had some pretty reasonable color, and I had Steelhead Lake to myself on a Sunday evening.

There's plenty of water in McGee Creek, and in all the freshets flowing into McGee. The USGS map shows most of this being spring-fed, that appears to be the case, even in a dry year like this water is plentiful there.

Pictures.

A few pics...

Along the trail:



Larger view of same area:



Steelhead Lake:



View of Grass Lake from climb to Steelhead:

Re: McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color
October 09, 2012 09:23PM
Nice pictures. The fall colors really add to the already nice scenery.
Re: McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color
October 10, 2012 09:03AM
I loved the hike when I did it in Oct a few years back. Nice shots.
Re: McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color
October 10, 2012 03:25PM
Don't know if you ended up driving down from the Mcgee trailhead, but if so did you notice how the colors were around the pack station?
avatar Re: McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color
October 10, 2012 03:40PM
I don't have a picture, but I remember the parking area being not yet peak. Don't clearly remember the pack station, I did think the nicest area was where the canyon curves near Mts Aggie and Baldwin.
Re: McGee Creek Backpack - Fall Color
October 10, 2012 04:01PM
Thanks for the info. The area around the pack station is one of my favorite Fall spots.
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