Recycling names

posted Apr 20, 2014, 8:53 AM by Paul Wagner   [ updated Apr 20, 2014, 8:55 AM ]
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Mono Pass--the one in Yosemite
 
 
As we pore over our maps to plan our adventures for this coming backpacking season, we have been once again impressed with how many places in the Sierra share names.  There are at least two Mono Passes, one near Mt Gibbs in Yosemite, the other near Mt. Starr and Mono Rock at the upper end of...yes...Mono Creek.   We're planning to visit both this summer.
 
But there are other names that reappear in many different places.  Piute Creek seems to be a popular one, names for the Native American's who people the east side of the Sierra long ago.  There are two Slide Canyons in Yosemite alone.  And there are more Deer Lakes and Bear Lakes than we can count...and SIlver Lakes? 
 
So that got us to thinking.
 
What's the most common geographic name in the SIerra, and how many times does it appear?
 
Send us your nominations, with notes on each location, and we'll try to announce a winner at some point.
 
 
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