Almost everyone knows about Lake Tahoe, right? Some people know about Mammoth. A few know about smaller Eastern Sierra lakes like June, Bass. But almost no one knows about Convict Lake. So let’s remedy that situation.
As a result of last-minute scheduling, the first trip we took after our wedding was with my family, i.e. father, stepmother, siblings, spouses, and children. We were looking for a place with not-too-“rustic” cabins, a good place to eat, and proximity to astonishing natural beauty. Meet the Convict Lake Resort.
The resort’s 28 cabins lie along this gravel loop. The best locations are either up at the top, i.e. the cabins called Laurel Ridge, Bristlecone, Minaret, and Tioga, or those right down at the bottom by the road to the lake, Golden and Rainbow.
All have little decks, with a table and chairs.
Any cabin in the luxury category has an interior like this. Pretty dang nice as mountain cabins go. The bathrooms have great tile, multi-head showers, and big jetted tubs. Of course I never use jetted tubs, as they seem like too much drama for a peaceful activity, but you might feel otherwise.
In any case, the real point is the lake itself. Featured by the way, in this Star Trek movie.
You might think you will want to take out a large pontoon boat, the kind with a grill on the back to cook your lunch. Just remember, if you anchor at the sandy end of the lake, you’ll drift. Don’t ask me how I know.
Remember too, that it often gets windy and even rains a bit in mountains come afternoon. Don’t ask me how I know.
The trail around the lake is pretty. And style bloggers love to dress for hiking. Don’t ask me how I know. Those Aerosoles gave their all for a walk on some rocks and I left them behind in the Sierras, honored as fallen comrades. The hat is made of SPF-fabric. The shirt belonged to my daughter; I have no explanation for the shorts and socks.
Aspens shade the trail around the lake.
But above, heading up to Lake Mildred, the trail opens to the sky.
And as it turns out, a rockslide has made the trek pretty dang impassable. Don’t ask me how I know.
Fortunately, with great foresight, the resort runs a wonderful restaurant right on site, to sooth hikers’ souls. And this I know because we ate well. A couple of afternoons under the aspens,
and one night, all 16 of us, children and adults alike, in the restaurant,
only to walk back up the road to our cabins, and say good night under an Eastern Sierra sunset. I should not forget to tell you about the scent of sage in cooling air. Even the dust is lovely.
I’d recommend the resort. For multi-generational family reunions, it would be improved by a larger, more open central area, of the sort that facilitates children playing freely while adults eat cheese and crackers and drink glasses of wine. But let’s say you snagged the Laurel Ridge cabin for group meals, and the surrounding spa cabins for everyone else, you’d likely find yourself surrounded by a cheerful loud clan, all the while soothed by a high desert quiet.
If you take out the party pontoon, however, I must disavow any responsibility.
Convict Lake Lodge
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