Diana and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Sierra Nevada Mts. in mid-August this year. We chose to backpack to the lakes and peaks accessible from the Lake Sabrina trailhead, west of Bishop, CA. I thought it would be a good idea to present some photos of our trek, since many of our chapter members may not have been as fortunate as we in reaching the higher elevations of the Sierras.

During our six-days on the trial, we were treated to a visit to 12 lakes in the basin, many being snow fed and having that blue color one never cannot forget once seen. It was magical!

The photos presented here are of species that are found at timberline, roughly 11,500 ft. above sea level. These plants were all in full bloom at the time of our visit, meaning “spring” had finally reached these high elevations by mid-August.

Bill Waycott

President, CNPS SLO Chapter