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This hike started as so many of my other multiday adventures, with a day hike recon to Genevieve Lake last fall.
There are two ways to get there with most folks climbing up the Convict Creek Trail from Convict Lake. The former bridge at the confluence of Genevieve Creek and Convict Creek is washed out. This makes for a dangerous crossing when the water is running fast and deep.
The other way I took both times, was the Jeep trail up Laurel Canyon which is a white knuckle four-mile drive to the trailhead. My trusty 2017 Tahoe 4X4 hauled five adults and camping gear up this one-hour boulder field. Buyer beware. A Fresno doctor perished falling off this road in 2015.
Hike In To Genevieve Lake
It is about 4 miles to Genevieve Lake from the trailhead (elevation 9,910) which is not marked. See my previous posting. It is surprising how well this trail holds up despite the fact that it is seldom used. We could see Convict Lake far below us from the trail. It is generally easy to get wilderness permits for this route. There was still some smoke from the Ferguson Fire but it was not evident when we got near Genevieve Lake.
As soon as we got to Genevieve Lake, we set up our tents which was a good thing since a horrible thunderstorm rolled in with heavy rain and hail. We cancelled our afternoon hike to Edith Lake. There was zero time between the lightning flashes and thunder. After about two hours the rain subsided. We slept well that night and awakened to a cloudless sky and 53-degree morning.
Our plan was to remain camped at Genevieve Lake and day hike to Dorothy Lake after breakfast. I had gotten within sight of Dorothy Lake on my fall day hike before we turned around to hike back to my truck. Finally, I would see the lake that was the major reason for me to be in this area again. This is not to sell short Lake Genevieve below the colorful Mt. Morrison.
Hike To Dorothy Lake
I used the USGS Topo map that I had gone by previously. There are plenty of other maps but they do not show the route we took. There is a trail on the map and we followed it. It accurately depicted the trail on the ground. It was about four miles round trip with some climbing and descent.
Dorothy Lake was an amazing sight With Red Slate Mountain (13,140’) most prominent. The three ladies did their customary brief dive into the cold waters of the lake. This water was not for me!
We made our way back and like the previous day an afternoon storm rolled in and lasted about two hours. It made the air crystal clear. The women then did an afternoon hike to Edith Lake. I was too tired to participate. It had been hard the last month to get the exercise I needed because of the smoky air in the Central Valley.
The next morning, we had a leisurely breakfast, broke camp and began climbing back out of Genevieve Lake. The initial part was the most difficult and steep until we began the switchbacks. It was a slow cautious drive back to the pavement. I drove up and Carlos drove down. We had a fire detour back through Yosemite and had to return via Highway 140 to Mariposa, then Highway 49 to Oakhurst and 41 down to Fresno.
Dorothy Lake is about the same size as Convict Lake and even more beautiful. Of all the lakes I have seen in the Sierra Nevada my favorite two were formerly East and Reflection Lakes near each other in Kings Canyon south of Junction Meadow. To me the two most beautiful lakes are now Dorothy and Genevieve Lakes. I am grateful that at age 73 I am still able to see these wonderful sights in the Sierra.
Carlos With Super Pack
Only Indication You Are At The Beginning Of The Trail
Convict Lake Far Below
Mt. Morrison And Thompson On Right
Cool Dip In The Lake
Breakfast - Carlos, Carol, Christina And Sharon
Red Slate Mountain Center
Tahoe Below With Laurel Lake Center
Dale With Sony A7R3 and 16-35mm 2.8 GM Lens
A YouTube video of this hike can be found here.