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206 Convict Lake: Birds & botany, rocks & remnants
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Mile-long Convict Lake, located at 7,600 feet above sea level about 40 miles south of Lee Vining, lies in a glacial basin under Laurel Mountain and Mount Morrison, two towering metamorphic peaks. The trail encircling the lake goes through a range of habitats with a high diversity of shrubs, trees, and flowers, including many uncommon and interesting species of plants. Expect to see many characteristic Eastern Sierra birds including Yellow Warbler, House Wren, Green-tailed Towhee, Dusky Flycatcher, and Red-breasted Sapsucker. Other species ranging from Calliope Hummingbird to Bald Eagle may also be found. Convict Creek, which can be viewed safely from a boardwalk, roars into the west end of the lake. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring your binoculars and a snack. A walking stick is helpful for short sections of the trail.
Guide/Speaker: Ellie Neifeld (she/her)
Fee: $0.00
Trip Type: Field Trip
Transportation Type: Carpool/Personal Vehicle
Driving Distance: 80 miles round-trip
Day: Friday
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Physical Activity
Moderate hiking, unspecified distance
Amenities Available
  • Restroom at trailhead
Meeting Venue Location
296 Mattly Ave
Lee Vining CA 93541
Venue Location
The venue location is the same as the meeting venue location.
Venue and Meeting Location
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