Climbing Forester Pass, the highest pass on the JMT and the PCT.
Forester PassJohn Muir Trail
From John Muir Trail
This is Purple Lake. This was so very scenic, it was hard to leave.
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Lake Virginia on a semi-grey day.
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These are what we call "Evolution Falls." This is Evolution Creek which runs through McClure Meadow.
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Evolution Lake on a grey day.
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Mather Pass: just south of the Palisades Lakes and north of Upper Basin.
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Upper Basin, just south of Mather Pass.
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This plateau was just south of the Bench Lake cutoff and north of Pinchot Pass. This is looking north towards Upper Basin.
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This unnamed lake was shallow and warm (on a very cold day). It's just south of the Bench Lake cutoff and north of Pinchot Pass.
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Pyramid Peak, northwest of the Woods Creek bridge.
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One of the best trail signs I've ever seen.
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Fin Dome reflected in Rae Lake.
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Deer Horn Mountain and Mt. Stanford from the north side of Forester Pass.
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Looking south from Forester Pass on a stormy afternoon. Forester Pass is 13,153 feet high and is the highest pass on the John Muir Trail.
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After crossing Forester Pass and heading south, turn around and you'll see the pass itself and the Great Western Divide.
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The view from Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the 48 contiguous states at 14,505 feet high. Mt. Whitney is also the start and/or ending point of the John Muir Trail.
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Meadow near Sunrise High Sierra Camp, Yosemite.
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Half Dome by early, pre-sunrise pink light.
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1000 Island Lake with a near perfect reflection of Banner Peak.
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Dollar Lake. This beautiful, lesser known lake is just north of the better know Rae Lakes. The pointy mountain reflected in the lake is Fin Dome.
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This lovely plateau is just south of the Bench Lake cut-off and just north of Pinchot Pass. It was freezing cold and very windy on this day. We camped near a small, shallow, warm lake but it was too cold to go swimming and enjoy.
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The lovely Upper Basin, just south of Mather pass. The mountain range in the background includes the Vennacher Needle (12,996).
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Palisade Lake looking south towards Mather Pass.
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The Muir Hut. The Sierra Club built this hut on the top of Muir Pass in 1931 as a storm shelter.
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Evolution Lake, Evolution Basin.
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Cathedral Peak and Cathedral Lake, Yosemite National Park.
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Looking south at Heart Lake from Seldon Pass.
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Spectacular sunrise at Lone Pine Lake on the Mt. Whitney trail.
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Mt. Hitchcock and Hitchcock Lakes, sunrise.
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On the way up to Donahue Pass in Yosemite. This is run off from the Lyell glacier. This water feeds Lyell creek in Lyell Canyon. The mountain range in the background is the Kuna Crest.
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A rare moment of solitude on the Half Dome cables, Yosemite National Park.
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Guitar Lake on the way up Mt. Whitney from the west.
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Palisade Lake on the Kings River.
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Looking south from Muir Pass towards Helen lake.
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Rush Creek area, just south of Donahue Pass. The mountain range in the distance is Koip Crest.
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This is beautiful1000 Island lake (near Mammoth Mountain). Banner Peak is proudly reflected in the water.
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This is Marie Lake, looking north from Seldon Pass.
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