Thursday, October 8, 2009

Glowing gold of alpine larch trees

This time of year an annual march to the high country by avid hikers is going at a frantic pace. Larch tree lovers are roaming for a fix of the golden glow of fall larch trees everywhere and the current nice weather has them really in a fit over where to go this coming weekend! Sad to say, most alpine larch trees are turning color later than the typical first week or two of October this year and what I have seen shows that we are a good week away from the prime showing of these magical golden autumn trees. But with the weather forecast turning wet and gray next week I went on with a personal wish to enjoy the hike to Ingalls Lake yesterday and was a little bit surprised and lucky! I expected mostly green needle larch trees but found that a few areas are quite nice if you look hard enough.

A great day to enjoy not only good company of a friend, golden larch trees trying to encourage the masses of other larch trees to hurry up and give up the green color, but also seeing well over 50 wild turkeys driving to/from the trailhead, three coyotes, and then two mountain goats in Headlight Basin before Ingalls Lake! See? If Alan leaves his big lens at home to save weight, the wildlife will come!


  1. Great photos. I've never really seen larches in their prime anywhere other than along the American River valley roadside. I gotta get up into the backcountry and see places like this!

  2. Michael - you'd really love seeing them up close and personal like this and you don't need to necessarily hoof it many miles and thousands of feet elevation to get to them either! Many areas are available to you so maybe you need to plan 2010 to have a trip with your Mom to see them!

  3. great article.beautiful views.thanks for the information..............