This particular adventure took me to several interesting locations as I made my way up towards the Wild Burro Rescue in Olancha, CA.
I arrived just as the sun was rising.
The lighting and clouds were just right.
My next location was a little more difficult to get to but was well worth the effort.
This location was all about capturing the dramatic background of the Eastern Sierra.
Once again I had the entire area to myself including being able to spend time with this gigantic sacred rock which I am not identifying here in order to protect it. Please do not identify it or any other sacred sites in comments or when sharing.
Owenyo was an unincorporated community in Inyo County, CA. It was located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 5 miles north of Lone Pine, at an elevation of 3697 feet. The town was abandoned in the 1960s, and all that remain now are a few traces of building foundations.
The town, whose name is a portmanteau of Owens and Inyo, was originally started by Quaker colonists in 1900. They sold out in 1905, when the Carson and Colorado Railroad arrived, establishing the town as a transfer point for freight to be carried by the narrow-gauge railway which began there, serving points southward.
Sitting at an elevation of over 8,500 feet, snow at Cerro Gordo is a site to behold.
Overlooking the ghost town after a recent dusting.
What, no snow chains?
The Swansea Salt Tram Road.
The old Assay Building.
Remnants from a past event.
Cerro Gordo tanks through the years.
Of course the best part about visiting Cerro Gordo is being able to enjoy the view as you make your way back down to Owens Valley.
My last snowy adventure is from a recent trip I took to the outskirts of Death Valley.
This is another fragile sacred site so I won’t be divulging the location and ask that you do the same if it looks familiar to you.
A peek of the snowy Eastern Sierra range through a field of Joshua Trees.
The scenery along the hike was constantly changing.
There’s oro in them hills.
Beautiful orange lichen dominated the canyon.
Jackrabbit prints in the snow.
I wasn’t really prepared to be hiking in this amount of snow, so after trudging through it for over 6 miles my feet were quite wet and cold.
It was such an incredible hike though that I quickly got over my cold feet.
I saw quite a few of them along my hike.
Their presence definitely added to the adventure.
Hiking Eastern California with a little snow on the ground is one of my favorite things to do during wintertime. If you would like to join me sometime, make sure to follow my events page on FB to find out about upcoming events. Merry Christmas everyone.
Protecting and preserving historic, sacred, and sensitive sites should be practiced by all. Locations, directions, and names to some of the places found on this site are not listed, please don’t ask for them. Tread lightly, leave no trace and always respect the wonder that surrounds you.