During our stay on Hot Creek Hatchery Rd, we drove a little bit south down Highway 395 to Convict Lake. There is a an easy 3-mile hike that goes around the lake that I learned about from Jim & Gayle at Life’s Little Adventures. Convict Lake is so named because of a shoot-out that occurred in 1871 between three convicts that had escaped from jail in Carson City, NV, and several citizens trying to capture them. One of the citizens, Robert Morrison, was killed, and the convicts escaped. They were eventually captured and two of the three were hanged – the third was only 19 so he was returned to jail. Personally, I would named the lake Morrison Lake, but the name Convict Lake does give it certain mystique.
We were lucky in that our visit coincided with a beautiful explosion of fall color. The hike is easy and flat, but also pretty crowded. I don’t have a lot else to say about it, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.