CA – MONO BASIN NATIONAL FOREST SCENIC AREA – South Tufa Area

Location: CA – MONO BASIN NATIONAL FOREST SCENIC AREA – South Tufa Area
Directions: Approximately 5 miles south of Lee Vining CA, turn east onto CA 120. Drive about 4 miles. At the sign for South Tufa Area, turn left (north) onto a gravel road. Drive this road to its terminus at the parking area. Take the trail down to the water’s edge.
Misc. Info: This is a federal fee area. If you have a National Park or Interagency Pass, this will cover the fee. If not, you will need to pay the $3.00/person fee (cash only). There are pit toilets at the parking area.
Date of Visit: Mid June 2013
Conditions: Full sun
Time of day: Late afternoon through early evening
Photography: Mono Lake is quite large, while the tufa formations occupy a relatively small portion of the area in or around the water. California Gulls were plentiful in the area. My visit of approximately 4 hours to this area convinced me that worthwhile photo opportunities here are very much dependent on the right light (mostly early morning or late day) and little or no wind for reflection possibilities. The breezy conditions and lack of color at sunset made my time at this location a somewhat disappointing experience.