Eastern Sierras Day 1 – Glass Creek

Day 1.  Very woozy.  Not yet adjusted to the altitudes.  Dry mouth, throbbing skull, faint queasiness, these could all be symptoms of numerous other maladies but let’s chalk it up to the 8,100 foot trailhead elevation.

Barely a mile from June Mountain as the scrub jay flies, we like to do a close and somewhat mellow hike for the initial foray.  The Glass Creek is our guide up through worn trails of obsidian and slippery pumice, two miles to the meadow.   So much for somewhat mellow, the first 1/2 mile is pretty brutal, we would have been better off descending on a snowboard.  But up top is a glorious meadow, some blooms I recall from our previous trips but a lot that is brand new.

I did my best with the IDs, please excuse the profusion of question marks and waffling.  I have a few local gurus helping me, as I get clarification I will update the pictures.  Of course feel free to chime in if you see something you know.

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Heading down to Mammoth today, Duck Pass awaits.

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5 Responses to Eastern Sierras Day 1 – Glass Creek

  1. myrna says:

    check with any local health food store as there are some very safe homeopathics to help with the altitude (hyland’s carboveg 30X – i know works … use as directed) … drink lots and lots of water … take it easy for awhile and let your body get used to altitude or retreat for a day to a bit lower elevation

  2. ojairambler says:

    Thanks Myrna, whaddya know it turned out to be a hangover…

    • myrna says:

      well … you are on vacation … just remember that alcohol and altitude do not mix well … drink lots of water … good for both

  3. Karen says:

    One of our favorite hikes. It’s lovely to see how the meadow does an overall color shift from mostly purple to yellow to white over the summer season, as different flowers come into bloom. I think your mystery flower is a Pedicularis, or Elephant Head, but I can’t see it well enough to be sure. Thanks for sharing!

    • ocdreader says:

      Nice call Karen it is definitely Elephant’s Head. Thanks to Sue Weis, acting botanist at the Forest Service office in Bishop for helping me with that one.
      And yes Karen, this ended up being our most impressive flower hike of the 4, would love to see it later in the season

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