On a trip to Mammoth, California we decided to check out Convict Lake. There is a little drive before you come upon the lake and boy is it breathtaking the first time you see it.
Why the lake is called Convict Lake . . .
A group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City in 1871. A posse, led by Sheriff Morrision, came upon the convicts near Convict Creek. Unfortunately Morrison was killed trying to recapture the group of convicts.
FUN FACT – Convict Lake was used in an advertisement for Nature Valley granola bars in 2007.