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Convict Lake: Birds & botany, rocks & remnants

Friday 7:00 AM-12:30 PM
Trip# 221: Convict Lake: Birds & botany, rocks & remnants
Tags: low elevation < 8,000' single location plants birds flowers geology
Description: 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. (est. driving miles: 80; hiking difficulty: easy to moderate)
Current Weather Conditions in Lee Vining:
Broken clouds, 71° (Feels Like: 69°)
Wind: ENE @ 4mph with 5mph gusts
Visibility: 10,000 ft
Forecast for Friday June 16:
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Transportation: Carpool/Personal Vehicle
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