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Tioga Pass High Country before the Storms

The National Weather Service was forecasting storms lining up over the next week or so and I knew that the snow from those storms could shut down Tioga Road for the season. That made me sad, so Sally and I headed up to the Tioga Pass area to check out some of my favorite high lakes in the Tioga Pass area. That made me happy. I thought it might put a smile on your face to see those beautiful views.

We stopped at Tenaya Lake to check out the morning reflections.

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Tuolumne Meadows felt pretty deserted when I passed through and it looked like it was very ready for winter to arrive.

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My plan was to park at the small parking lot at Tioga and Saddlebag Lake Roads. I had checked the road conditions the night before and Mono County’s website said that Saddlebag Lake Road was closed. I was very surprised to find the road was open so I drove on up, pausing to checkout a couple of views.

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Mt. Dana in the Morning

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From the Viewpoint below Saddlebag Lake , Looking toward Mount Conness.

I parked at the Saddlebag Lake Resort parking lot and Sally and I made our way down to the lake.

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I hiked cautiously since I was alone and when I started hitting the larger icy patches, I turned around.

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As I headed back down Saddlebag Lake Road, I think I knew that the odds of me getting back up here before the road is closed for the winter were slim. Just had to take another picture of Mt. Dana.

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