|Our final hike of our summer-fall journey was a spectacular fall colors vista-Little Lakes Valley. Little Lakes Valley is located on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada Range, about 15 miles north of Bishop. The trip starts at the Mosquito Flats trail head, at the far end of Rock Creek Road. The area is part of the John Muir Wilderness. At 10255 feet, the Mosquito Flats trail head provides a high starting point, minimizing much of the elevation gain normally required with hiking in the Sierras. This is the highest trail head in the Sierras. A short distance from the trail head is the sign indicating entry into the John Muir Wilderness. Originally a mining access road in the 30's, the Little Lakes Valley hiking trail is relatively level, motorized travel being restricted many years ago. Chickenfoot Lake, at 10, 789 ft and 2.6 miles from the trail head was our final destination.We passed many lakes on the way to our destination-all were beautiful fall coloration. We passed,Mack,Marsh,Heart,Box,Long lake and then Chickenfoot Lake nestled high against the sheer cliffs of Morgan Pass. The peaks visible in the area are Peppermint Peak, elev. 12,680 ft is the pyramid looking peak in the center, to the right is Bear Creek Spire, elev. 13,720 ft, and to the right of it is Pip-Squeak Spire and then Mt Dade at 13,600 ft. Each of the lakes are destinations in their own right and are populated with brown, rainbow and brook trout. It was a perfect end to our summer together and we had our departure lunch at Whiskey Creek Restaurant in Bishop. We covered 6.75 miles,covered 944 vertical feet and reached a maximum altitude of 10,744 feet.