Big Pine Creek & Rock Creek Lake

Big Pine Creek is a 12.1-mile-long stream that flows through Big Pine Canyon in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Bishop down to the Owens Valley, where it is a major tributary of the Owens River near Big Pine. The canyon is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  You can see the impact of glaciers in the shape of the mountains that surround the canyon at the end. Rock Creek Lake is also located near Bishop and flows from Rock Creek Lake.  Both destinations are very popular for their trout, including brown, rainbow and brook trout. Hikers, bikers and campers make good use of just about every space available during spring, summer and fall.

 Looking towards the back of the canyon.  The creek runs along the right side.

Looking towards the back of the canyon.  The creek runs along the right side.

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 Pine Creek runs through a narrow canyon.  The walls of rock were fascinating.

Pine Creek runs through a narrow canyon.  The walls of rock were fascinating.

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 We drove the road as far as we could to a trailhead.  At that point we turned around and drove to our next destination, Rock Creek Lake.

We drove the road as far as we could to a trailhead.  At that point we turned around and drove to our next destination, Rock Creek Lake.

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 There are lots of ranches in the area.

There are lots of ranches in the area.

 This old stable caught my attention.

This old stable caught my attention.

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 A scenic lookout stop.

A scenic lookout stop.

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 Rock Creek Lake is not too far up the road.  It is still partially iced over and the strong winds cause the patterning you see from above.

Rock Creek Lake is not too far up the road.  It is still partially iced over and the strong winds cause the patterning you see from above.

 Down lower, on the lake's edge, the patterns are not as discernible.

Down lower, on the lake's edge, the patterns are not as discernible.

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 Fisherman at Rock Creek Lake.  Very happy to have his photograph taken!

Fisherman at Rock Creek Lake.  Very happy to have his photograph taken!

 On the way home at the same scenic viewpoint.

On the way home at the same scenic viewpoint.

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 I decided to put all the road photographs at the end.  Don't get carsick!

I decided to put all the road photographs at the end.  Don't get carsick!

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