The following photo shows my (much younger) daughter and (much younger) me in Little Lakes Valley, along Rock Creek, in California. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
The hike to this spot isn’t terribly difficult. In fact, it’s one of the easiest and most scenic of High Sierra hikes. You drive to 10,200 feet and then walk along the creek and several lakes into the heart of aptly-named Little Lakes Valley. If you’re trying to find it on a map, Little Lakes Valley lies along Rock Creek, between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop California, off of highway 395. The coordinates of the trailhead are: Latitude: 37°26’7.05″N; Longitude: 118°44’49.29″W.