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Convict Lake is one of the prettiest, easiest lakes to traverse in the fall. The trail looks down upon the translucent water, offering chances to catch the colors deepening as the lake deepens and great reflections. The trees and bushes are just about all golden, with roughly half the leaves fallen, so the pathways are golden also. What a place! Even on a Monday, there were loads of fishermen, a few kayakers and quite a few people enjoying the trail. The 3-mile round trip took us 4 hours.

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371MG8495DevilsPostpile 372MG8496DevilsPostpile 374MG8516DevilsPostpileThe rest of the hike out to Rainbow Falls wasn’t too exciting. Apparently, a recent fire had decimated the environment around the trail and there wasn’t much shade or photographic distractions. And it was much warmer than I had expected.

375MG8592RainbowFallsTrailWe reached Rainbow Falls and it was a nice large waterfall but the light wasn’t ideal. The longer we stayed, the more sunlight highlighted the falls, increasing the contrast to high levels. We took the steep downhill stairs to the bottom of the falls and shimmied over a huge log to get as close as we could to the falls. That’s when we saw the advertised rainbow. It was cool and shady and very nice down there. Luckily for me, Dave did not see me lumber my way back over the big log.

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391MG8596DevilsPostpile 392MG8606DevilsPostpile 393MG8615DevilsPostpile 395MG8620DevilsPostpileFinally, back at the car, Dave had coffee and cookies while I munched on an enormous apple. After picking up a few necessities at Von’s in Mammoth Lake, we headed home for salad, spaghetti and nice bottle of Aviator wine.

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