Our well traveled ambassadors, Courtney and Johnny set off again on a paddle board adventure. This time along the rugged eastern side of California Sierra Nevada Mountains. This trip would prove to be a true test of their determination and of their equipment.
The reward would be paddling in the shadow of the looming Temple Crag. Not to mention the shocking turquoise glacier water that results from light diffraction by suspended rock particles grinded by the glacier above.
FROM THEIR BLOG:
At 10,000 feet elevation, Big Pine Lakes have been on our list of places to Backcountry SUP.
So in early July in the middle of the night, we packed into the car and drove north 4 hours, to start our 7am Hike. The 4,300 Elevation gain from trail head to the lakes was no walk in the park with our 50lb packs. But by 11am, we were blissfully passed out in our hammock overlooking First Lake.
When we finally launched into second lake, every ounce of sweat and pain was washed away by the icy chills of the glacial water. From the middle of the lake, curious Pike swam up to our paddle boards, and the mountains humbled us as we realized we had the entire lake to ourselves.
While we wanted to paddle a couple more lakes, Big Pine requires a permit for overnight trips, and we were unsuccessful in the lottery. Our day trip was coming to an end and it was time to descend, however, we hope to paddle all seven lakes next summer!
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