North Peak

North Peak reflecting in Gemstone Lake, at Twenty Lakes Basin in the Sierra Nevada.
North Peak reflecting in Gemstone Lake, at Twenty Lakes Basin in the Sierra Nevada.

Twenty Lakes Basin is an area in the eastern Sierra Nevada, just outside the eastern side of Yosemite National Park, off of Highway 120. A short dirt road leads up to Saddlebag Lake, from where we took the boat-shortcut to hike the Twenty Lakes Basin loop. Gemstone lake is at the beginning of the hike and the weather was still beautiful. Close to the end, a thunderstorm with heavy rain started. We were lucky to get onto the next boat that arrived to take us back. It was still a very enjoyable hike in an astonishing landscape!