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"Mono Lake" Mountains / Lakes Tip by SteveOSF

Mountains / Lakes, California: 24 reviews and 32 photos

  Mono Lake
by SteveOSF

Mono Lake is a beautiful out of the way spot east of the Sierras at Lee Vining, California. Mono Lake covers over 65 square miles and is over one million years old. Streams have long carried salts and minerals into the lake. As water is evaporated, the salts and minerals are left behind. Since the lake has no outlet, the salinity of the water is high. In fact, Mono Lake is far more salty than ocean water. Mineral deposits called tufa protrude vertically from the lakes serene shores. This scenic lake was seriously threatened due to water diversions from its tributaries to the Los Angeles area before a compromised was reached. The lake remains an important nesting ground for a variety of birds. Beautiful hiking trails can be found in the area. The ghost town of Bodie is also nearby. This peaceful spot is a nice place for a getaway.


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  • Updated Mar 23, 2008
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