We made two trips to Silver Canyon last week and each time we found something different.
For those that don’t know, Silver Canyon is just east of Bishop near LAWS Railroad. It’s a spot we go to several times every year and once in a while we’re lucky enough to see some of these guys.
We haven’t seen the sheep up there this year, but it’s still a great ride in a beautiful and remote canyon in the White Mountains.
The first day was a bit overcast so the light was great and we went up to the gate a few miles into the canyon. It’s the right time of year for the cactus with bright orange and yellow flowers to bloom. There’s a shaded area where a spring-fed creek winds along the base of a cliff along the road about half way up, and the cactus and wildflowers are amazing there right now. The hummingbirds are also hanging around the lower part of the canyon now and our son Poncho got some great shots of them in the same area both times.
The second day, we continued on past the gate to the Bristlecone Pine Forest at the top of the White Mountains. Here and here are some good places to look for info about the Bristlecones, some of which are almost 5,000 years old.
It was a beautiful spring day down here in the valley, but it was a bit chillier up at 11,000 feet. There wasn’t much snow up high, but twice we were stopped by deep snow drifts. The first one was probably four feet deep and forced us to go back a few miles to get out towards White Mountain Peak. After the detour, we got to a spot where it was clear the snow was going to stop our progress so we turned around and headed for home.
It was a long day in some beautiful country. We put together a short video of the trip too, which we’ll post in the next few days. Enjoy these photos and come back soon.