Exploring Horse Creek Canyon – Hoover Wilderness

“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior”

-Confucius 

After a restful night in the camper beside the picturesque Twin Lakes we were ready once again to set off into the high country. Lindsay, Zack and myself poked our way through the Mono Village in search of a bridge over Robinson Creek and the trail up Horse Creek Canyon. The night’s freeze made for an icy snow surface and a spicy climb up the steep slope above the lake.

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Morning sun beginning to warm the snow

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Beautiful amphitheater; Matterhorn Peak is the pointy one on the left

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Zack making ‘perfect turns’, while I’m all over the place looking for good snow… 

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Another absolutely gorgeous day despite the weather threatening to keep us out of the moutnains. After our second day of skiing we went back over to Rhino’s in Bridgeport (for the Pastrami Burger, of course) followed by two respective visits to the acclaimed Travertine Hot Springs for amazing soaks with views of the mountains. Life couldn’t be much better!

 

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