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Two or so miles up from the trailhead, at about 9000′, the wind blows strong and cold across the glacial lake, even under the sunniest of skies.

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The Jeffery pines grow in specific patterns here, in this secret corner of the Eastern Sierra Nevada; spread out among the aspens and the lodge poles, it seems as if there was a council of trees, to discuss dispersion, at the beginning of time.

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The oldest of these old conifers thrive here, reigning over their legions of sagebrush and summer wildflowers.

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