Knowing July was going to be a busy month, we snuck out of city for a weekend away from everything before our free time disappeared. The Eastern Sierras offer some stunning scenery if you’re willing to make the trip. The 4th of July weekend offered just enough extra time off to make the drive worth it.
After a quick stop in Bishop for some flies and an overnight stay in Mammoth, we headed off the pavement to a picturesque portion of the Upper Owens River where the river meanders along creating countless spots to try your luck against the local trout. While it would’ve been easy to spend the whole day working the bank, we had a campsite to find. Our route kept us off the pavement, slowly climbing up to roughly 10,000 feet over rocky enough terrain up to Laurel Lakes. The lake itself was a bit rocky for tents plus a few Jeeps beat us in there. We instead opted for our own, secluded spot just of Laurel Creek. We set up camp and watched a beautiful sunset give way to a pretty star-filled sky.
The next morning we packed up and headed to Coyote Flats via Bishop. We took things slow and crawled up the steep, rocky trail that leads up to the one of the coolest, remote spots to camp in the Sierras. The LX brought us to the end of the trail with ease and we setup camp for the next two days. The 4th was spent hiking to Hidden and Baker Lakes where we caught piles of Golden and Brook Trout. Even Sophia and Will pulled a few out of the lakes.
On Sunday, we piled back into the truck and worked our way back down to reality. Overall it was a pretty fantastic trip that we hope to make again soon.