Trumbull Lake is the lowest of the Virginia Lakes (in Mono County, CA)—only about 9,675 feet above sea level. I returned there a couple of weeks ago, camping for 2 nights at Trumbull Lake Campground. The mid-September night was cold, clear, and calm, just right for a little night sky photography.
Looking southwest (38 sec., f/5.6, ISO 4,000, Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens)
The galactic center and Mars (the brightest small object) are near the trees at left.
Looking northeast (30 sec., f/5.6, ISO 5,000, Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens).
See the Andromeda Galaxy to the right of the Milky Way?
Star trails over Trumbull Lake (11 stacked exposures of 8 minutes each, f/5.6, ISO 400, Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens)