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A Group of Cairns or Ducks near Mirror Lake

A Group of Cairns or Ducks near Mirror Lake

These stacked stones, or cairns, are often called ducks. Ducks are used to mark backcountry hiking trails, to point hikers in a particular direction. These ducks have been erected near Mirror Lake. As a general rule, ducks should not be erected frivolously, even along backcountry trails. This picture gives an idea of the visual impact that is created when many successive visitors decide to contribute their own stack of rocks to the scene.
Galleries: Yosemite National Park
Keywords: cairns, mirror lake, rock ducks, trail markers, yosemite national park, yosemite valley
Photo Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 07/10/2011
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Original Dimensions: 3744×5616
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 37°44'36.00"N 119°34'33.00"W
Picture Number: 12882