Hiking the Sierras, McGee Creek

So much hiking, so few posts published! The hike to McGee Creek took place in late June on a very hot day. When I arrived at the trailhead, a pack train was just returning from the trip up the valley to McGee Creek.

Riding homeward-bound out of the valley.
Riding homeward-bound out of the valley.

The hike was before the recent spate of thunderstorms in the Eastern Sierras, it was very dry and many wildflowers had already bloomed.

Looking toward the Sierras.
Looking toward the Sierras.

There was very little to no shade on this trail, sweat was dripping and water gulping was going on.

This ridge looking toward the creek at the bottom of the green mountain was filled with wildflowers.
This ridge looking toward the creek at the bottom of the green mountain (where you can see the bit of white) was filled with wildflowers. When you click on these photos, it will enlarge them.
Lots of buckwheat blooming.
Lots of buckwheat blooming.
The trees are up ahead - probably another half-mile.
The trees and shade are up ahead – probably another half-mile.
Even though it was dry, this beautiful Sego Lily was blooming near where I turned back.
Even though it was dry, this beautiful Sego Lily was blooming near where I turned back.
See the bee?
See the bee?

There was a bee nestled in the bottom, either satiated with pollen or napping or dead – not sure which. I wonder what made the neat Queen of Hearts shadow on the lily?

A rattlesnake was seen earlier by another hiker at this spring. He's gone now thankfully.
Another hiker saw a rattlesnake drinking at this spring. He’s gone now, thankfully.
This mini mountain sat by the side of the return trail.
This mini mountain sat by the side of the return trail.
The White Mountains in the distance.
The White Mountains in the distance.

Icy water and a snack are waiting in the car. The next time I hike McGee Creek, it will be in the fall when it’s cooler!

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