Our favorite place is just out of Bishop above South Lake to the badly named Brown Lake and Blue Lake. We would rather they were called Reflection Lake and Sky Blue Lake – much better. But no matter the name we can promise you a great hike. The initial climb is steep and demanding but before long it levels off into a high glacial basin surrounded by Whitebark Pines and the silence broken only by falling water and the cry of Clarks Nutcrackers. You deserve to get away from the cares of the city and to rejuvenate your soul in the mountains even if it is only for a day.