Galen Rowell, the celebrated adventure photographer, helped put North Lake on the map with photographers with his North Lake sunrise shot of the fiery yellow and orange aspens reflected in the deep mountain blue lake. Fall Reflections in North Lake, photographed by Rowell, is one of my personal favorites. Now North Lake for sunrise one of the most popular locations to photograph the fall colors in California. That early morning, I headed to North Lake in the dark hours trying to make it for sunrise. I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The fall colors were peaking as the alpenglow lite up the Sierra peaks. That North Lake sunrise I will never forget.