I visited this area for the first time a month ago and figured it would be good to spend another weekend exploring out here before summer comes to an end.

Day 1: Burt Canyon hike, Hoover Wilderness

Day 1: Burt Canyon hike, Hoover Wilderness

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Beautiful weather, this 16-mile out-and-back hike from Obsidian Campground feels easier than expected, I guess because the 2500-feet elevation gain is all gradual. Elevation during the hike ranges from 7675 to 9380 feet.

Day 2: Let's go for a drive around Mono Lake!

Day 2: Let's go for a drive around Mono Lake!

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I've been wanting to visit the Mono Lake area for many years, but just never got up this way. It's more interesting than I expected. During the day we manage to drive a ring around the lake, on both highways and 4WD roads.

Day 3: Hiking Mount Patterson (again), up to 11654 feet elevation

Day 3: Hiking Mount Patterson (again), up to 11654 feet elevation

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Sure, I just hiked here a month ago, but it was great, so why not do it again? Fortunately, no thunderstorms loom in the skies today like the last time I hiked here! Our hike is 8 miles round-trip with about 3000 feet of elevation gain.