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The Hidden Gem of Eastern Sierra

Minarets Vista

Minarets Vista

On the sign of the city of Mammoth Lakes, it features this sentence: “The mountains are calling.” We have been to the famous Devil’s Postpile and the scenic loop. What else is suitable for us? I looked on the visitor guide and this little camera icon with the name Minaret Vista caught my eyes. Stephen checked the Internet and one review said that the scenery at Minaret Vista was like Switzerland. The other review said it was the hidden gem. One picture showed the jagged peaks of the Minarets. That was the peaks looked like teeth I saw on the shuttle bus to Devil’s Postpile. I saw them again from the road on the way back from Convict Lake. The image of the jagged peaks has imprinted in my mind and I hoped that I could see them clearly. Now we knew where to go to see them again. Wow! We got to go!

We took the Mammoth Scenic Loop Road to Mammoth Lakes, and then headed to the mountains. Right before the ranger’s office station, there was a road sign for Minaret Vista by a small road. We took that road and arrived at Minaret Vista in several minutes. “Wow!!!” We uttered excitedly at the same time in the truck. An elder lady heard us on the parking lot and smiled at us.

Minarets Vista

Minarets Vista

Standing at an elevation of 9,265 feet, the grand vista of high mountains across the Reds Meadow Valley took my breath away. I saw my favorite peaks – the Minarets. I have been looking forward to see them again. Here they were, riding high up on the mountains, so beautiful and so unique. Glaciers decorated the lower sections of the serrated granite peaks and made the Minarets even more charming. It looked like a Goddess, pure and mystery. My words can hardly match her beauty.

The Minarets

The Minarets

The Ritter Range consists of the Minarets, Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak. Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak look alike in shape and height. In front of the three sisters is the Volcanic Ridge. From its summit, you can have a spectacular view of the Minarets and surrounding lakes. To the right of Banner Peak is Mt. Lyell, the highest point in Yosemite National Park.

the minaretsee

Ritter Range, View from Minarets Vista

View from Minarets Vista

View of Ansel Adams Wilderness from Minarets Vista

Yesterday’s rain brought some beautiful clouds above the majestic mountains. The skyline also includes view of Donohue Pass, Parker, Gem and Mono Passes. Mammoth Mountain Ski area can be seen from here as well. A hawk flew high in the sky riding the thermo. It stayed at the same position in the air for a moment and then landed in the woods.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

The view from Minaret Vista was a feast for the eyes, and a hidden gem of Eastern Sierra.

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