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2014

Big Sur Camping Trip

Campsite with a view!
Campsite with a view!
This is the view from our campsite; can't beat that, especially on such a beautiful day.
Campers
Campers
Talking about the view, probably.
Right on the cliff.
Right on the cliff.
You can see how the campsite sits right on the edge of the cliff. Right about McWay Falls; too close to see it. It's kind of like taking a picture of halfdome; the worst spot is on top of it.
Walking in the redwoods
Walking in the redwoods
We hiked up the Canyon Tr. Nice redwoods and a little creek.
Ewoldsenn Trail
Ewoldsenn Trail
We also hiked the Ewoldsen Trail; at least the parts that were open. A portion was closed due to a major fire a couple of years ago.
McWay Falls Cove
McWay Falls Cove
A classic view of the falls and the cove. Our campsite is on the cliff just above.
Sunset
Sunset
We stayed up late around the fire, sampling various beverages: beer, wine, scotch, and Southern Comfort. All the major food groups.
Falls
Falls
Another shot of the falls.
More falls
More falls

Campsite
Campsite

Morning fog
Morning fog
The fog started just offshore. The wall of fog reminded me of the glaciers in Patagonia.
Jay, after the fog rolled in
Jay, after the fog rolled in
We stopped to look down on the fog bank.
Steve
Steve

Coastal fog
Coastal fog
The fog was pretty much constant until we started on our way home.
Mill Creek Preserve overlook
Mill Creek Preserve overlook
I also got a permit to hike the Mill Creek Preserve. A nice (mostly level) hike through redwood and madrone forest. It ended up on top of a promontory with...
...a view to the coast
...a view to the coast
Still foggy down there. We also drove the Old Coast Road (dirt road, a little bit inland from Highway 1).

2013

Hoover Wilderness Jun 21-23

Leavitt Lake
Leavitt Lake
Not much snow left.  Note all the other vehicles: pickup trucks and jeeps.  Mine was the only SUV to make it (or try?).  The crossing of the outlet stream was pretty deep (18" or so?) and I didn't even try.

Only 1 party of 2 vehicles (a pickup and a jeep) when I left on Sunday.  There was a government truck at the trailhead and somebody camping at the lake.

Looking down on the lake
Looking down on the lake
Leavitt Peak on the left.
Leavitt Lake road
Leavitt Lake road
There were some snow patches covering parts of the trail.  The snow was soft and easily crossed.  Not much snow at all on the south facing slopes, even at 10K'.
Tower Peak
Tower Peak
At "Leavitt Pass" (not sure it has an official name, or even if that is its unofficial one) the peaks of northern Yosemite come into view, including the striking Tower Peak.  Note a bit more snow on the north-facing slopes (but still not much for this time of year).
Big Sam
Big Sam
My plan was to come from this direction on Sunday, after camping at High Emigrant Lake.  But the route up this side of Big Sam definitely had some lengthy sections of snow (although a bit difficult to tell if the snow actually covered the road).

In the end, I chickened out and simply hiked back up Kennedy canyon instead.  Mostly that was because after a day and a half of hiking, I did not relish the extra 2K' climb coming over Emigrant Pass and Big Sam.

Ehrnbeck Peak
Ehrnbeck Peak
This is from above Walker meadow, just down Kennedy Canyon a bit from where I camped on Fri night.
Walker Meadow
Walker Meadow
Beautiful, but the mosquitos seemed to like it, also.

This is on the PCT shortly before crossing the bridge over the West Walker River.   At that point the trail to Emigrant Pass/Wilderness/Lakes branches right.  That's the way I was headed.  I had resolved to hike to Cinko Lk, then turn around.

West Walker River
West Walker River
Moderate flow; good for fishing and swimming, and not too high to cross safely.  There are 2 log crossings on the route to Cinko Lake.
(emaciated) trout
(emaciated) trout
I didn't notice it at the time, but the pictures of these fish make them seem really skinny.  Probably hungry, too, and easy to catch.  There were quite a few, in the 10" range.
Trout
Trout
A more appetizing trout.
Cinko Lake
Cinko Lake
A really nice lake.  I had just seen this lake listed on somebody's list of the best Sierra Lakes so I decided to hike at least this far.

This is approximately 12 miles from the TH (maybe a bit less).  From here it is at 1600' climb to the top of Big Sam, then one drops and reclimbs 1000' more to the top of Leavitt Pass.  Plus some additional climbing to ascend and descend Emigrant Pass.

I opted to simply return the way I had come, which involved "only" a 2000' climb.   In hindsight, I should have started with an easier route for my first trip out.  With a bit more confidence  I would have tried the more interesting and challenging route.

If I was really ambitious, I'd hike to Cinko Lake the first day, and then have an easy day climbing Emigrant Pass.  Then the hike out would be a piece of cake.

Changing weather
Changing weather
Some borderline storm clouds to the east, towards Bridgeport.  The weather would change markedly in the next 24 hours.
Kennedy Canyon
Kennedy Canyon
From the PCT ascending towards Leavitt Pass.

Note the overcast skies.  The wind picked was really blowing, too.  An "anomalous" storm was moving into the area (more the the north).  It would sprinkle rain a couple of times on the drive home, and rain in the bay area over the next couple of days.

Switchbacks
Switchbacks
It seemed like there was much more snow on these 2 days previous.  The snow was melting fast and I'll bet the trail/road is pretty much clear after this week's heat wave.
Kennedy Canyon (west)
Kennedy Canyon (west)
I'm not sure if that's the name of the canyon, but there is definitely Kennedy Lake down below, there.  But it's Kennedy Canyon on the east side of the crest.  A bit confusing.

Fewer blue skies in that direction.

Leavitt Pass
Leavitt Pass
As close to a summit picture as I would have on this trip.  But still nice views in the distance to the south.  I'm only smiling because it was downhill from here.

I *really* don't like going uphill.  Not exactly dislike; it's like that bumper sticker that reads "A bad day fishing is still better than a good day in the office."

"An uphill hike in the mountains is still better than a good day in the office."

2012

20120610 Madera Pk (10,504')

The view from the summit of Madera Pk.
The view from the summit of Madera Pk.
Looking east towards the Minarets and Banner Pk.
Norris Lake
Norris Lake
The trailhead starts at about 7600' and goes through the woods.  Thus, not many pictures.  There were many downed, large, fir trees; like 4' diameter.  Big trees.

The trail runs E-W and the trees were all across the trail, too big for the maintenance crew to cut (smaller ones had been cleared). I suspect this is damage from the major windstorm at the end of the previous Nov.

Anyway, after losing the trail a bit, I found my way up to the first lake (Norris).

Bedtime
Bedtime
No more pictures until sunset on the ridge above the largest Jackass Lk (let's call it "Lower Jackass Lk" although I'm not sure it has that name, officially).

Some mosquitoes, but not bad.  By bedtime, they were pretty much gone and I didn't even pitch my tent.

Lower Jackass Lk
Lower Jackass Lk
Beautiful, sunny morning; cool (there was a bit of frost on my sleeping bag).  I got an early start (thank goodness).
Middle Jackass Lk.
Middle Jackass Lk.
The main trail out of the lower lake heads to another trailhead.  The other way is signed for Middle Jackass Lk (maybe?).  Or just "Upper Jackass Lakes?"  Regardless, the trail is quickly lost (at least by me).  I followed the outlet creek from the lake up a moderate slope until I reached the next lake.
Above Middle Jackass Lk
Above Middle Jackass Lk
There is a much steeper climb above the middle lake.  I zig-zagged up the slope until gaining the top of the ridge and views of the Sierra crest.

I couldn't find a trail coming down and ended up missing the lake. I still don't know where the trail might be here.

View west
View west
Looking west along the ridge above Middle Jackass Lk.  It was very steep off to the left here.
Upper Jackass Lk
Upper Jackass Lk
The next lake is obvious, once you get to the top of the ridge above the middle lake.  There was a use trail approaching this lake, but that trail fizzled out when I tried descending it on my return.  This would be a nice spot to camp.  Regulations require being 200' away from the water, but I think there would be good legal spots.
Slabs above Upper Jackass Lk
Slabs above Upper Jackass Lk
From this point I contoured around and up to Burro Lk.  The terrain opened up and it was easy walking, mostly across granite slabs.  Not too steep.  I went up the most gradual slope, veering over towards the Burro Lk. outlet stream as I climbed.
Burro Lk outlet
Burro Lk outlet
Eventually the route narrows as you climb the outlet from the lake.  Nice views back down and across the broad canyon of the San Joaquin River.
Burro Lk
Burro Lk

Tarn
Tarn
This small tarn was right at the "pass" between Burro and Lady Lakes.  It is only a little ways above the lake.  I turned left up the ridge towards the summit of Madera Pk.
Lady and Madera Lakes
Lady and Madera Lakes
On the far side of the "pass" were more lakes.  There are numerous lakes up against the mountain ridges continuing all the way around to the upper end of the San Joaquin canyon.

I had camped at Lady Lake many years ago (10?) and had looked up, thinking I could climb Madera Pk.  Now I was back to try to do it.

Madera Pk
Madera Pk
I would ascend the ridgeline all the way to the summit (a broad arc to the left, then back to the right).
"Madera pass"
"Madera pass"
Not sure this "pass" has a name.  But it seems like a reasonable route between the Jackass Lakes drainage and that of the Madera Lakes.  I'm not sure how easy the descent is to Lady Lake, though.

This pass, if doable, would enable a nice loop trip from Norris Lk. trailhead.

Lakes
Lakes
You can make out more of the lakes in the basin stretching towards the east.
Yellow band of rocks
Yellow band of rocks
The big slabs of granite quickly turned to talus, then a yellow band of somewhat smaller talus.  It required some rock hopping, but with some are one could stay on stable footing.
Jackass Creek
Jackass Creek
Looking SW down into the Jackass Creek drainage.  That's the way I had come up.
Summit plateau
Summit plateau
Eventually one returns to gray rock.  I picked up a sandy/rocky use trail at that point.  It was steep but at least I could follow in other people's footsteps, for better or worse.

It was halfway up that when I decided it was getting too late and I would bail.  But there was a lone tree just ahead (to my right, here) and I resolved to get there.

But then I saw the summit, an easy stroll and just a couple hundred feet more of climbing...

The last of the snow
The last of the snow
There was a little snow here, but not much.  I was in this area one year ago and couldn't even drive to within 1000' of the trailhead I parked at this year.  What a difference a year makes.
Marmot
Marmot
I neared this false summit and spotted a marmot sunning himself on a rock.  It was a big marmot.  At first I thought it was another climber.
Closeup
Closeup

View from the summit
View from the summit
Looking NE; the ridge going that way is the edge of Yosemite NP.
Celebrating
Celebrating
After a long trip back down to my pack, then longer back to the car, I enjoyed a beer and a bag of Jalapeno chips.

I got lost twice on the way down: the first time between upper and middle Jackass Lakes.  I just didn't see a trail at all there and ended up bypassing the lake and ended up back on the trail just above the lower lake.

The second time was descending from Norris Lake.  I think I just lost the trail there and ended up in the thick woods chock-full of fallen trees.

A little map&compass work got me back on track and aside from the quantity of miles, it was smooth sailing from there.

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2011

20111016 Dunderberg!

Me, on the summit
Me, on the summit
With Mono Lake in the background.
Aspens
Aspens
The aspens were solid yellow by now.  This is on the way down the east side of Sonora Pass, just above the turnoff to Leavitt Lake.
Bodie Hills
Bodie Hills
Viewed from my parking spot on the road to the "unnamed" lake on the northeast slope of Dunderberg Pk.  I parked in the same exact spot as 3 weeks earlier.
Snow
Snow
Both old (leftover from last season), and new.  It had snowed in the intervening 3 weeks and some patches were still left.
Start of the big day
Start of the big day
7:00 am; not that early, but the sun rises later this late in the season.
Starting up the NE ridge
Starting up the NE ridge
Looking back down at the lake.  Notice how much it has shrunk within its banks.  It's down considerably since I was here last.
Summit
Summit
From this angle it looks like 3 summits, but the leftmost is much smaller (at 11,700) and the rightmost is the highpoint.

Notice all the snow that remains.  Most of the coverage is from the storm earlier in October.

View north
View north
Looking towards Bridgeport.
Sun rising over Mono Lake
Sun rising over Mono Lake

The 3 summits, again
The 3 summits, again
The route along the less-steep ridge proved to be a good one.  There was easy walking on sandy ground, requiring rock-hopping only occassionaly.

I kept having to resist the temptation to take a shortcut.  My past attempts had found the gullies between the summits and the steep direct assaults on them to be quite rocky and unpleasant, in comparison.

Reaching rocky ground
Reaching rocky ground
Approaching the top of the easternmost lesser summit, it got much rockier and a bit steeper.  But nothing compared to what I had struggled with attempting to climb up from Moat Lake a month earlier.
Summit 1
Summit 1
From here, even the second summit didn't look too daunting.  In fact, I think maybe if I had gone up it further left than the route I took, it might have been easier.  I went kind of along the right edge of this picture, where I would hit the worst terrain of the day.
Across towards Virginia Canyon
Across towards Virginia Canyon
The north side of the peaks, facing me, were pretty snowy.
First saddle
First saddle
There is a short descent at this point, down to the saddle between the lesser summits.  Less than 100'; definitely not worth it to try to do a side-hill traverse around.
Summit 2 approaches
Summit 2 approaches
The worst stretch; but only 600' or so.  It didn't even bother me on the way up; descending I was cursing some.  The highpoint is sticking up above the right side of the slope.
Approaching the top of summit 2
Approaching the top of summit 2

My route
My route
Looking back down the ridge that I had ascended.  You can see "Dunderberg Lk" on the left.
Onward
Onward
From here, there was another slight descent, then a hundred feet or so climb up to the summit.  Looked like a piece of cake, from here.
The summit in sight
The summit in sight
Here's a better view of the summit and the route up to it.
Panorama
Panorama
I recall that a snow shower started while I was taking pictures from the saddle between the summits.  Snowed like crazy.  It wasn't too cold though.  Maybe 40 degrees.
North
North
Another panorama, in the opposite direction.
Virginia Canyon
Virginia Canyon
There is an awesome view of Virginia Canyon from this point.  That's Moat Lake in the foreground.
Summit plateau
Summit plateau
Finally!
East and Green Lakes
East and Green Lakes
From the summit, one can gaze down the other side to the lakes of the Green Creek Canyon.
View south
View south
Black Mountain (I believe), devoid of snow across Virginia canyon, Excelsior Mtn beyond that.
Summit panorama
Summit panorama
Looking NNE
Enjoying a cold one
Enjoying a cold one
I actually called Steve to brag about my accomplishment (I was in direct line of sight with Bridgeport).

While on the summit, another climber strolled up.  He had climbed from Moat Lake.  I commiserated with him!

Summit Register box
Summit Register box
Quite a nice one.  I think this peak is either to hard to get to, or too unpleasant to climb, for somebody to have vandalized it.
My summit register entry
My summit register entry
The occupy wallstreet movement was in the news...
Another cold one
Another cold one
A quick descent and I was back at the car.
Fall colors
Fall colors
I stopped a couple of times on the way out to take pictures of the aspen.
More colors...
More colors...
...with the peak in the background.
A beautiful autumn day
A beautiful autumn day
Especially when you've summitted!
Ring of aspens
Ring of aspens
This is Virginia Creek, from along Hwy 395, close to the Virginia Lakes Rd. turnoff.

20110925 Dunderberg Peak (3rd attempt)

"Dunderberg Lake"
"Dunderberg Lake"
This is from my campsite at the officially unnamed lake on the northeast side of Dunderberg Peak at approximately 10,200'.

I pitched my tent amidst some downed tree trunks to try to get out of the wind, which was gusting pretty hard.

The wind tends to come over the crest really hard and it makes a lot of noise, even when it isn't blowing where you are standing.

Dunderberg Peak
Dunderberg Peak
From Hwy 395 south of Bridgeport.  The weather was cloudy again.
Parking spot
Parking spot
I parked along the forest service road that leads to the unnamed lake (and to some OHV trails around there).  The road gets pretty rocky a bit further up so I chose to walk the last half mile or so.

Mono Lake is just barely visible at times as you go up this road.

Panorama
Panorama
It was definitely looking like autumn up there.
Weather clearing
Weather clearing
Better view of Mono Lake.  The clouds broke, but the wind did not die down.
Dunderberg Peak
Dunderberg Peak
Rising above the lake.
Sunrise
Sunrise
The clouds were racing by over the crest; winds were likely 25-40 mph.
Clouds above the lake
Clouds above the lake

Too many clouds
Too many clouds
...and too much wind.  I decided not to take a chance on climbing this day.  I figured I go do some exploring down the road past the lake.
More clouds
More clouds
This gives a better idea of the weather situation.  There was definitely the risk of some rain out there.
Above the lake
Above the lake
The road wound around and above the lake.
An alternate route?
An alternate route?
Eventually I came out to a ridge that headed up towards the peak.  The ridge wasn't too steep (at least at the beginning) and the weather seemed to be making a turn for the better.  So I decided to drop my backpack, switch to my daypack, and check it out.
Dunderberg slopes
Dunderberg slopes
Still not too steep; the scree wasn't so bad (compared to above Moat Lake on my last trip).
Route
Route
This is looking down the ridge I ascended.  "Dunderberg Lake" is there just right of center.  It started getting much steeper at this point.

Because I had abandoned hope of summitting, I had got a late start so I wouldn't be pushing on much further.

Still doesn't look too bad
Still doesn't look too bad
I recall it seeming worse than it looks here.  I did have to choose a line and I was heading up towards the lesser summit.  I ought to have stuck to the gully between that and the main peak which is in the center, here.
Dunderberg bowl
Dunderberg bowl
The large bowl beneath Dunderberg Peak.  There was still a remarkable amount of snow, left over from the previous winter.
Steeper and rockier
Steeper and rockier
The story of my life...
Sierra crest
Sierra crest
To the north.
View towards the northeast
View towards the northeast
Towards Bridgeport, down in the valley.
Barren slopes
Barren slopes
Looking down Kavanaugh Ridge.  I could see/hear 4WD trucks driving along a road at the far end of the ridge.
Back at the lake
Back at the lake
The summit would have to wait for another day.
Fire
Fire
I spotted a large plume of smoke from a fire to the north.  It would turn out to be a moderate fire in Buckeye Canyon, west of Bridgeport.
Beer before I go
Beer before I go

Smoke continues
Smoke continues

Mono Lake
Mono Lake
From near where I parked.  Weather still isn't great.
Nearing the fire
Nearing the fire
This is from off Hwy 395.
From Hwy 395 west of Bridgeport
From Hwy 395 west of Bridgeport
The fire was just where the highway turns north.
Leavitt canyon
Leavitt canyon
Technically, W. Walker River canyon, I suppose.  The fire was beyond the ridge.
Leavitt Falls
Leavitt Falls
Still flowing pretty stong at almost the end of September.
Game plan
Game plan
Green route at lower left is my attempt from Moat Lake.  The red one was my route this day.  The yellow route is from my attempt the year before.

The blue/cyan route is the way I resolved to go next time.  A bit further, distance wise, but minimizes the steepness of the climb.  The only steep bit would appear to be the climb of the lesser summit to the east of the main summit.

We would see...

20110911 Moat Lake

Virginia Canyon
Virginia Canyon
Sunrise.
Moat Lake
Moat Lake
Observe the gray clouds. It spit rain pretty much the whole weekend.
Dunderberg Peak
Dunderberg Peak
In all its glory. It is actually worse than it looks.
At Moat Lake
At Moat Lake
This is a large gendarme guarding the outlet of Moat Lake.
Dunderberg's SE ridge
Dunderberg's SE ridge
Reported to be the easier way up, but too lengthy and rocky for my taste.
Tomorrow's torture
Tomorrow's torture
This is the slope I would foolishly tackle the next day.
No relief there
No relief there
It is ugly any way you slice it. Reports are that the ridgeline further right is more solid. My guess is that it is just bigger chunks of shitty rock, some of which you might actually be able to stand on.
Stormy weather
Stormy weather
I had to retreat to my tent; rare for the Sierra.
Still cloudy in the morning...
Still cloudy in the morning...

Moat Lake
Moat Lake

Moat Lake
Moat Lake

Moat Lake
Moat Lake

Scree/talus hell
Scree/talus hell
I headed straight up, as I recall.  It didn't seem to matter one way or the other.
Moat Lake, below
Moat Lake, below

Field of nightmares...
Field of nightmares...
I recall the one time I got to "solid" rock, a chunk the size of a refrigerator kind of broke off when I leaned against it (didn't fall, though).
Break in the weather
Break in the weather

Higher
Higher

Almost a nice morning...
Almost a nice morning...
...if it was raining at this point, I likely would have bailed much earlier than I did.
Rest
Rest
at a bit of solid rock (this might have been the one that threatened to shear off when I leaned on it).
Moat Lake
Moat Lake
from about the place where I gave up?
More of the same
More of the same
I decided to head over to the saddle above the lake.  I had no delusions about heading up towards the summit from there.  I thought it might be easier descending the sand that way.

In retrospect, it wasn't worth the side-hill traverse.




Approaching the saddle.
Approaching the saddle.
This is at about 11,500' or so.  1000' short of the summit.
Conness?
Conness?
The range beyond the Dunderberg ridge comes into view through this saddle.  That's the Sierra crest; not sure exactly which peaks.
Looking down at Moat Lake.
Looking down at Moat Lake.
This gives a good idea of how steep and rocky the slope is.
Not going that way!
Not going that way!
Looking up; I think that's the summit peeking above the top of the slope.
More mountains to the west
More mountains to the west
Excelsior?
Eyeing the saddle above Moat Lake
Eyeing the saddle above Moat Lake
That's where I was headed, first, before descending in earnest.



"Summit" portrait
"Summit" portrait
As close as I got, at least.
Approaching the saddle
Approaching the saddle

Green Creek Canyon
Green Creek Canyon
At the saddle I could look further to the west, down into the chaing of lakes along Green Creek.  We had been there a year earlier, more or less.
East Lake
East Lake
I don't recall the name of the closer lake.
Ridge towards summit
Ridge towards summit
It was at least as far as I had climbed, and certainly more of the same.  I had been climbing 3 hours or so at this point (it was 10:30).
View to the west
View to the west
...from the saddle above Moat Lake.
The descent begins
The descent begins
There were a few trees in the gully heading down to the lake.  It was much sandier and less rocky.  Mostly I slid.
Back at Moat Lake
Back at Moat Lake
45 minutes later.
Descent route
Descent route
I came down from the saddle to the right of the large bump in the ridgeline at center of the picture.
Blue Lake
Blue Lake
On the return to the trailhead.
Vigrinia Lake
Vigrinia Lake
The parking is at the left.
A celebratory beer, as usual
A celebratory beer, as usual
Not much to celebrate, but I got out of there before the weather turned bad.  Thunder was booming not too far off (Dunderberg is German for "thunder," appropriately).

I decided to return via Tioga Pass after stopping at the Whoa Nellie Deli.  The weather was wild; hail covered the road so it looked like snow.  I'll have to get a picture from my other camera (or off my phone; don't remember which).

20110904 Tioga Peak

Mono Lake
Mono Lake
From Conway Summit; the weather was looking good.
Entering Hoover Wilderness
Entering Hoover Wilderness
On the trail up to Gardisky Lake. It was right about here I had camped 3 weekends earlier.
Later afternoon clouds
Later afternoon clouds
Over the Cathedral Range, which was briefly in view through this gap in the mountains.
Gardisky Lake
Gardisky Lake
From my campsite, approximately. Mount Warren on the horizon left of center.
Campsite
Campsite
No fly; but there were a few mosquitos so I put up the tent.
Morning reflection
Morning reflection
Interesting story: I went to fill my water bottles from the lake before starting my climb. Just as I stooped to dip my bottle, I spotted something. A big dead vole (?) at the bottom of the lake just inches from where I was going to scoop up the water. I decided to go fill my bottles from the outlet stream downstream a hundred yards or so. But before heading downstream, I walked to this end of the little tarn to get a picture of the Sierra crest reflected in it.
Starting the climb
Starting the climb
This is just beyond a narrow band of whitebark pines. It was pretty much treeless beyond here, as I recall.
Expansive views
Expansive views
You can see the shadow of Tioga Pk near the center of the picture. North Peak at far right, then Mt. Conness, then White Mountain.
Gardisky Lake
Gardisky Lake
Watching the lake drop down was the best measure of my progress. The terrain looks a bit rocky from this perspetive.
The lake gets lower
The lake gets lower
I climbed around 10ft/min (1000ft in 90 minutes or so). Every 10 minutes or so I stopped to "take pictures" (i.e., rest). The views changed a bit every time. In addition to the lake dropping away, further ridges came into view. Here, I think that's Excelsior Mountain across Saddlebag Lake (which is out of view).
Sierra crest
Sierra crest
A crystal clear day, great for taking pictures like this.
Looking across the slope
Looking across the slope
More of Warren Canyon came into view as I climbed. Again, the slope looked much rockier from this perspective than I remember it (but I've since climbed far worse, so perhaps my memory is distorted).
Uphill
Uphill
Around this point, I picked up a modest use trail that I followed all the way to the summit. That led between the looser/rockier bits. Note a few tufts of grass. That's a false summit at the top; the actual summit is beyond that.
Definitely climbing
Definitely climbing
Now looking down at the top of the opposite ridge on the other side of Gardisky Lk.
Warren Canyon
Warren Canyon

Panorama
Panorama
The view after approximately one hour of climbing.
Gardisky "plateau"
Gardisky "plateau"
Here you an pretty much see the whole saddle in which Gardisky Lake sits. In the distance on the right is Lake Canyon and beyond that somewhere, Lundy Canyon.
Panorama
Panorama
Looking north from near the summit.
Panorama
Panorama
Looking southwest; That's Mt. Dana on the left; Tioga Lake with the Tioga Rd running alongside it, Gaylor Peak at center; the Cathedral Range beyon on the horizon. Pick out your favorite peak.
Mt. Dana
Mt. Dana
Only 500 feet higher, or so. This climb is way easier!
Tioga Pass area
Tioga Pass area
Awesome view; none better of Tioga Pass, I suspect.
North from the summit
North from the summit
I'll now bore you with lots of pictures off in random directions.
Tioga Pass area (again)
Tioga Pass area (again)

Looking SE
Looking SE
Down Lee Vining canyon. You can see a corner of Mono Lake. To its right, the Mono Craters. Then Glass Mountain (which I climbed the year before last), then the White Mountains. "Way back there" was the way one guy described them. I wonder how far they are? At least 50 miles, I'd guess.
Mt. Dana and eastward
Mt. Dana and eastward
Similar shot, with the summit of Mt. Dana at right.
Me, on the summit
Me, on the summit
Hard to see, but I'm enjoying a can of beer (at 9:00 am).

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Tioga Pass
Tioga Pass
Without me blocking the view this time.
Mt. Conness
Mt. Conness
North Peak at right.
Another view towards the (south) east
Another view towards the (south) east

Gardisky Lake
Gardisky Lake
It didn't get any lower than this!
Looking back at Tioga Peak
Looking back at Tioga Peak
Fantastic climb. About 45 minutes down to here, where I picked up my backpack. I slipped in the gravel on the steep descent back to the car and tore up the knee of my new hiking pants. But aside from that, it was a great outing. Record time back home (via Sonora Pass), after a stop at the Mobil gas station for a steak salad. I just missed the cutoff for steak and eggs; rats. The salad was a bit disappointing: no croutons, too much dressing, and the lettuce was a bit wilted. The only time I can remember being disappointed with the food I got there. Oh, well; still couldn't put a damper on this day.

20110814 Gardisky Lake

Mt. Dana
Mt. Dana
Just visible to the south.
Campsite
Campsite
Kind of perched on a narrow flat spot. Beggars can't be choosers.
Sierra Crest
Sierra Crest
Before the sun even hit it!
Skeeters
Skeeters
Not *that* bad; but definitely needed a bit of DEET, the headnet, and tent.
Moon setting over Sierra crest
Moon setting over Sierra crest
5 second exposure; made the moon *too* bright.
Nice morning
Nice morning
Just some fluffy clouds.
Mt. Dana on the ascent
Mt. Dana on the ascent
Dana is just visible, then goes out of site behind Tioga Pk.
View northest
View northest
Mt. Conness and North Peak
Panorama
Panorama
This climb offers fine views across Lee Vining creek to the ridge connecting Gaylor Peak to North Peak.
Approaching the top
Approaching the top
Only took 45 minutes or so (going slow, as usual). I did stop to take lots of pictures :-).
Looking back the Sierra crest
Looking back the Sierra crest

Sierra crest panorama
Sierra crest panorama
*Way* better than the views on the climb to Mitchell Peak. I need to get out to this part of the Sierra some more, I decided.
Raleigh on the trail just before levelling off
Raleigh on the trail just before levelling off
Beautiful meadow up top, surrounding the lake. Lots of green and wildflowers.
Looking back from nar the lake
Looking back from nar the lake
Didn't see *that* on MItchell Peak. I like this picture because it shows Raleigh's shadow next to mine. He's been a great hiking partner over the years. Too bad he's about to retire, now...
Tioga Pk
Tioga Pk
The peak rose above the lake on the right. Looked like pretty easy walking; no cliffs, not too much scree.
Gardisky Lake
Gardisky Lake
Still pretty good snowfields above it.
More Gardisky Lake
More Gardisky Lake

Another meadow panorama
Another meadow panorama
Looked like a nice campsite, for next time.
Tioga Peak
Tioga Peak
A good view of the mountain from lakeside.
Gardisky Lake reflections
Gardisky Lake reflections
The sun hadn't even risen too far by the time we got there.
Tioga Pk
Tioga Pk
and meadow at Gardisky Lake.
Me at the lake
Me at the lake
Looking at the north shore.
Lake and Sierra crest
Lake and Sierra crest
What a beautiful spot, and so easy to get to. Stienstra rates this something like a 9 (for scenery) and Mitchell Pk a 10 (or something like that). No comparison in my book.
Until next time...
Until next time...
One final look at the peak.
Across Warren Canyon
Across Warren Canyon
On the other side of the lake (its outlet), the ground descends steeply to Warren Canyon. That's a nice place to visit, also (I think I may have pictures from my hike there 2 years ago further down the page somewhere).
Slope above Gardisky Lake
Slope above Gardisky Lake
Probably if all one wants is the spectacular views, this is an easier ascent than Tioga Pk. But what would the fun be in that?
Raleigh headed home
Raleigh headed home
He didn't like the climb or descent, but the smooth level trail at the top was perfect.
Last look at Gardisky Lake
Last look at Gardisky Lake
Mt. Warren in the distance, I believe.
About to drop back down to the car
About to drop back down to the car

Lee Vining canyon floor
Lee Vining canyon floor
Mt. Gaylor at the far left
Mono Lake
Mono Lake
From the "vista point" just beyond the Mobil station.
Mts Gibb and Dana
Mts Gibb and Dana

Tioga Peak again
Tioga Peak again
...from Hwy 120 heading back up to the pass.
Mt. Dana
Mt. Dana
From the car, waiting to enter Yosemite. 10 minutes there, 5 minutes at the other end, plus 2 excrutiating hours of following some rented RV going 25mph. How I love Yosemite.
Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake
Kind of hazy; there were controlled burns going on near the valley, I believe.
Dome above Tenaya Lake
Dome above Tenaya Lake
Closer up, Mt. Conness on the horizon, I believe.
One more
One more
Not sure why.
Closeup
Closeup
Now I'm just testing out the telephota lens.
Falls in Hetch Hetchy
Falls in Hetch Hetchy
We got such an early start back home I decided to go have a look. Something you have to do at least once, I suppose.
Wapama Falls
Wapama Falls

Damn dam
Damn dam

Yes, that damn dam!
Yes, that damn dam!

Hetch Hetchy Valley
Hetch Hetchy Valley
Probably some people think it looks better this way. I don't think it's quite another Yosemite Valley, though. Too low of an elevation so it is hot and dry. I'll bet the river elevation is 2000 ft lower than Yosemite valley?
Still better than...
Still better than...
...you guessed it, Mitchell Pk.
El Capitan of Hetch Hetchy?
El Capitan of Hetch Hetchy?
Not sure what this monolith is called.
Refreshments
Refreshments
9:00 was too early for a beer, even for me. So I drank one here.
Meadow
Meadow
Along the road back to Hwy 120 (on private property, of course; no trespassing!).
Summer fading fast
Summer fading fast
Flowers are fading a bit at this elevation, and the grass is getting brown. Not too many trips left this year, I suspect.

Mitchell Peak

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon
From the "overlook" along General's Highway.
Marvin Pass trail
Marvin Pass trail
Modest uphill almost the entire way.
Through the forst
Through the forst
Steve along the climb up to Marvin Pass. Big firs here.
Marvin Pass
Marvin Pass
The boundary to Jenny Lakes Wilderness.
Upper Rowell Meadow
Upper Rowell Meadow
We didn't linger here as the mosquitos were way worse down near the creek.
Morning
Morning
As clear as it would be the whole day (the whole weekend, actually).
Approaching the summit
Approaching the summit
The summit consists of large granite boulders, to the right. This was the first snow we saw.
Summit
Summit
We had it to ourselves, passing one person who was coming down as we climbed up. A group of 5 or 6 arrived just as we were departing an hour later.
Steve on the summit
Steve on the summit
This is looking south towards Rowell Meadow to the right and Mt. Silliman behind the summit.
More summit pictures
More summit pictures

Clouds
Clouds
No thunder; or we likely wouldn't have lingered as long as we did.
Mt. Silliman
Mt. Silliman
I think.
Summit benchmark
Summit benchmark
There were at least 2.
Summit panorama
Summit panorama
This is to the north and northeast.
Eastern panorama
Eastern panorama
Lots of high Sierra peaks were visible; I may try to identify some and post a labelled picture.
southeast to southwest
southeast to southwest
Pretty much the rest of what we could see.
Me on the summit
Me on the summit

Sierra crest
Sierra crest
I think the pointy mountin is Mt. Clarence King.
View to the east
View to the east

Nice clouds
Nice clouds
The weather looked better off in the distance there.
Marmot
Marmot
This guy was sitting out on a ledge, enjoying the view, I guess.
One more view from the summit.
One more view from the summit.
Maybe Steve will post his pictures, also.

20110716 Little Shuteye Peak

Return to Chilkoot Lk
Return to Chilkoot Lk
Looking much like it did a week earlier. The water was down just a little.
Return to Chilkott Lk, v2.0
Return to Chilkott Lk, v2.0
This picture was taken with my other camera; offered for comparison.
Drirftwood
Drirftwood
Lots of firewood at this lake. Some yahoos were camping here. I could hear them hootin' and hollerin' late into the night (from two miles away!).
Chilkoot Lake
Chilkoot Lake
North shore.
Chilkoot Lake
Chilkoot Lake

Chilkoot Lake
Chilkoot Lake
It seemed photogenic, at the time...
SE corner of the lake
SE corner of the lake
The route follows the lake pretty closely; once you round the corner, then one walks on the levee just a couple feet from the water.
Snowbank
Snowbank
A couple feet of snow on the edge, but melting fast. It was right up to the water's edge one week earlier.
Granite
Granite
After a short walk slightly uphill from the lake's south shore, I headed towards a ridge covered with large granite blocks.
Campsite on ridgetop
Campsite on ridgetop
Panorama from the point on the ridge where I camped. This was up 100' or so above where I stopped the week before.
Granite floor
Granite floor
The walking was easy once the top of the ridge was gained.
View of the Sierra
View of the Sierra
Minarets at center
Further south
Further south
I need to go look at an map to figure out what mountains are further south.
Little Shuteye Peak
Little Shuteye Peak
If you look closely you can make out the summit blocks. I descended to a creek between my campsite and the peak for water. But I decided to stay on the crest and walk around to get the peak the next morning.
Shadows getting longer
Shadows getting longer

Minares
Minares
This is with my Lumix at high zoom. I left the telephoto lens for the Sony NEX at home this trip. I'm still debating getting rid of it. The Lumix works pretty well when I want to get close, which isn't all that often.
More Sierra peaks
More Sierra peaks

Close-up
Close-up
I need to compare this shot to one from the week before with the higher-quality lens and decide whether the increased IQ is worth it.
Madera Peak
Madera Peak
Looks like a relative easy walkup on this side. I know the east side of this peak is much steeper and rockier.
Lengthening shadows
Lengthening shadows

Campsite
Campsite
You can't beat the view. Had the place to myself. If only it were out of earshot from the lake.
Domes
Domes
Basket(?) and Balloon domes in the San Joaquin canyon.
Sunset
Sunset
With the Lumix. The Sony doesn't want to take good sunset pictures. Tries to correct the white balance or something. I need to figure out how to fix that.
Sunset II
Sunset II

Sunrise
Sunrise
I awoke shortly after 5. The sun peeked over the Sierra Crest shortly thereafter.
Moonset
Moonset
Over granite at the to of the ridge. I climbed to where it joined the main Little Shuteye Peak ridgeline. There was just a very short drop before reaching that.
View to the west
View to the west
From the main ridge there were great views across to the central valley. I topped out right where this funny mushroom-shaped rock sat. There are two minor peaks along the ridge on the way to the highpoint. I didn't really want to climb them, but dropping down made the going harder as there were more rocks and downed trees to dodge.
Mushroom Rock
Mushroom Rock
I thought maybe it looked a little like a dog's head from here.
Ridgetop
Ridgetop
Looking back at one of the bumps along the ridge; this one I had skipped.
View to the east
View to the east
Fine views in both directions from here.
The ridge to was broad and smooth here
The ridge to was broad and smooth here
That wasn't the case for much of it, unfortunately.
Rocky point
Rocky point
This is at the base of the last summit bump, looking back to the northeast.
need to delete this one..
need to delete this one..

Fresno
Fresno
...is thataway, I guess.
Summit blocks come into view
Summit blocks come into view
This is after climbing a couple hundred feet to the base of the summit blocks. It was pretty easy travel, but I was getting a bit worn out from the rock and tree jumping.
Summit blocks
Summit blocks
The highpoint is on the left. It was easy to scramble up except for the last 10 feet. The summit blocks were large and required scaling a 4 foot ledge that was just too high for me to step up onto. Finally I swung my leg up and kind of rolled atop it. From there there was one more high step up to the summit. As I was walking across the rocks I thought about downclimbing this (note to self, think about it before ascending!). Too late to worry at that point so I pressed on. As it turned out it was easy going down as I just slid until my feet hit solid ground.
Summit view to the north
Summit view to the north
Fresno Dome and the lake in view that way, across the ridgetop where I had camped.
View to the west
View to the west
High peaks of the headwaters of the San Joaquin River.
View to the southsouthwest
View to the southsouthwest

View to the southwest and (big?) Shuteye Peak
View to the southwest and (big?) Shuteye Peak
Which is actually about the same elevation. You can drive to that one, if you're driving the right vehicle.
View to the east
View to the east

Panorama
Panorama
North and east
Panorama
Panorama
SE to SW
Sumiit benchmark
Sumiit benchmark
8358ft.
Me on the summit
Me on the summit
9:00am; time to get back for lunch!
Dome and lake
Dome and lake
With the zoom.
Me, nearing campsite on the return
Me, nearing campsite on the return
The camera wanted to focus on the rock I had set it on. Oh, well. Makes for a more artistic shot.
Sierra crest
Sierra crest
This is with 16mm lens, cropped mightily so you're looking at close to 100%.
Same shot
Same shot
With the Lumix.
Traditional refreshments...
Traditional refreshments...
...awaited at the car, as usual. Headed home at high noon. Stopped for a coffee at Mariposa Coffee Company on the way home. I recommend it when you're travelling Hwy 49 between Mariposa and the mountains. Another successful trip. Next up some mountain ~9500 feet tall. I'm still deciding; might start hitting snow at that elevation.

20110709 Chilkoot Lk

Granite above the lake
Granite above the lake
I missed the turn to the lake (no great loss, as that road was very rocky and I wouldn't have gone too far up it anyways). Parked and headed crosscountry, traversing over a little ridge where I was hoping to get a view of the lake. No such luck.
Chilkoot Lake
Chilkoot Lake
Filled to the brim; apparently it dries up in late summer; maybe not this year.
Next morning...
Next morning...
We went around the north and east sides of the lake. I had tried crossing the outlet the evening before but gave up. Too rocky and too much brush.
More lake pictures...
More lake pictures...

Still more lake pictures
Still more lake pictures

Lake panorama
Lake panorama

Lots of firewood!
Lots of firewood!

Rocks in the lake
Rocks in the lake
This was in the very NE corner of the lake, more or less.
More rock pictures
More rock pictures

Still some snow
Still some snow
Only in the very thickest of the woods (it was pretty open mostly). This is at 7400' elevation, approximately.
Starting to climb
Starting to climb
At the inlet at the south end of the lake, we headed crosscountry (it was pretty much *all* cross country, the only trails were use-trails used by people fishing right next to the lake).
Water flowing down rocks
Water flowing down rocks
There was a nice little stream coming down the granite on the ridge.
"Summit" panorama
"Summit" panorama
Only the "summit" of where I climbed to this day. The Sierra crest did come into view, which was nice.
Sierra crest
Sierra crest
Minarets; Madera Pk (I believe) more in the foreground towards the left.
Fresno Dome
Fresno Dome
Looking north across the lake, I could see Fresno Dome (my destination two weeks ago) sticking up out of the forest.
Crest closeup
Crest closeup
I toted my zoom lens; only used it to snap some closeups when I stopped. Not worth the trouble, I don't think. It's pretty big and heavy to not get much use out of.
Madera Pk.
Madera Pk.
I was contemplating climbing this. *After* I make it to the top of Little Shuteye Peak, which I will have to come back and try without Raleigh.
Minarets
Minarets

Madera Pk and Sierra crest beyond
Madera Pk and Sierra crest beyond
There is lots of nice granite on the slope below that peak.  Not sure it's for me to climb; this area is popular with rock climbers.  Granite like Yosemite but no crowds and less bureaucracy.
San Joaquin River canyon
San Joaquin River canyon

Lake just visible through trees...
Lake just visible through trees...

Me
Me
Love that granite! It's so much fun to walk on after thrashing (a bit) through the woods.
Lake, on return
Lake, on return
This is a little pool outside the main lake; probably will be dried up in a week or two.
Refreshments back at the car
Refreshments back at the car
Headed for home at noon. Nice drive back and home by 5:00 or so.

*20110626-FresnoDome

Stump
Stump
This stump was the first one I spotted along the road from the parking lot to the "visitor center" and the Big Ed tree. There was evidence of the logging of some of these big old trees. I didn't actually visit the "interpretative" center to find out what the full story was.
Big Ed
Big Ed

Creeklet
Creeklet
Along the road.
Chimney tree
Chimney tree
I think; this one wasn't marked explicitly; but the trail was the Chimney (tree) trail, and this was the biggest Sequoia I saw on it.
Another Sequoia
Another Sequoia
Unnamed, on the Chimney Tree trail.
Bull Buck sign
Bull Buck sign
This one had stats on the tree. There was a very old picture of this tree in the visitor center dated from early 1900's.
Bull Buck
Bull Buck

Soquel Meadow
Soquel Meadow
With Fresno Dome in the distance. I reported in my previous trip report that I wasn't sure if this meadow had a name, but it does. There's a Soquel Meadow Ranch here and the meadow was full of cows this morning :-(.
Junction 6S10 and 5S06
Junction 6S10 and 5S06
The snow was about to the bottom of the stop sign two weeks earlier. This day I parked just below this junction (which is at 6847') but that was due to a singularly large snowbank; the road was mostly clear beyond there up to the Fresno Dome TH.
Fresno Dome Trailhead
Fresno Dome Trailhead
This stone sign and the road sign a bit down the turnoff were completely covered two weeks previously. I missed the trail then. This is at about 7400'.
Campsite
Campsite
On the shoulder of Fresno Dome, the summit of which you can see beyond Raleigh. It was a nice site; I forgot to grab some extra water when I crossed the creeklet on the way up. I gathered some snow on the north side of this ridge.
Panorama
Panorama
From our campsite.
Tree
Tree
This tree sits atop the ridge just above our campsite. The summit was via the trail which dropped down slightly then climbed to the summit.
Little Shuteye Peak
Little Shuteye Peak
The next major ridge to the south.
Sunset
Sunset
Looking northwest towards Yosemite.
Sunset
Sunset
I watched the sun disappear; perfectly clear evening, little or no wind, very few mosquitos (here)!
Morning
Morning
Last large pine on the way up to the summit.
Outcropping
Outcropping
Climber's trail (?) went thataway; we turned left and climbed a few switchbacks up the granite slabs.
Summit panorama
Summit panorama
A beautiful morning, as usual.
Summit rocks
Summit rocks
I didn't even look to see if there was a summit register. Too easy a peak to warrant one? Or to easy for some register vandals to abscond with it?
Looking west
Looking west

Looking south
Looking south

Me on the summit
Me on the summit
I wore my Redwings hat this weekend. Wait till next year...
Summit rock
Summit rock
A nice slab of granite, framing the view to the west.
More northwest
More northwest
You could see the shadow of Fresno Dome pretty clearly on the forest slopes below.
Raleigh on the way back
Raleigh on the way back
Nice trail up to the summit. The snow was too deep to follow it down below so I had to just wing it to get back to the road. But I ended up pretty much exactly where I started; one just needs to keep on the top of the ridge coming up from the broad saddle where the TH sits.



Fresno Dome
Fresno Dome
From our campsite; the light was much better in the morning.
Early refreshments
Early refreshments
Woke at 5:15, on the summit by 6:00, started back to the car at 6:30, drinking obligatory beer and eating potato chips at 8:00. Cheeseburger for Raleigh.
White Church, Hornitos, CA
White Church, Hornitos, CA
I had read a story 18 months ago in the SJMN about this church, which was the site of a famous Ansel Adams photograph. It's 11 miles off CA 140 so I decided to swing by there on my way home.
St. Catherines Catholic Church
St. Catherines Catholic Church
I think that's what the church has always been called.
Hign noon
Hign noon
Adams' picture was late afternoon, I think (lots of shadows). I was there at the wrong time of day, as usual.
Back of church
Back of church
In the background are the rolling, grass-covered hills, studded with oaks. That bit is likely the same as when Ansel Adams was here.
Irony?
Irony?
Supposedly, Adams' photo was a commentary on land-use or something (I didn't really get it, though). Oddly enough, as I wandered downhill to get a better shot of the church, I saw the Merced county waste management signs with lots of mention of all the crap that we now toss out. I want to go back and recrop this to better match Adams' perspective (portrait versus landscape).
White church, Hornitos, CA
White church, Hornitos, CA
No fence anymore (I don't think); there seems to be some controversy about whether one should try to recreate famous photos. Sorry if you're offended; I wasn't really trying to do that; just document how things haven't (or have) changed in 75 years.

20110612 Sierra NF & Yosemite

I think I'll go for the "things"
I think I'll go for the "things"
Spotted this sign across the street from the McDonalds in Oakhurst. The "things" struck me as kind of funny.
Parking spot along Beasore Rd.
Parking spot along Beasore Rd.
At around 6500' elevation. The snow covered the road another 1/4 mile up.
Raleigh
Raleigh
You can see a patch of snow; shady spots were still covered with patchy snow, depending on aspect.
FS road
FS road
Impassable, still.
Little Shuteye Pk
Little Shuteye Pk
Across the canyon was a rocky peak. Maybe a worthy goal, someday.
Shuteye Pk. ridge
Shuteye Pk. ridge
Zoomed out further; the canyon between this ridge and Beasore road carries Chilkoot Creek.
End of the road
End of the road
Unless you've got chains, a jeep, a snowmobile, or snowshoes. The road climbs another 600' or so then descends to Beasore Meadow. Two weeks later (as I write this), the FS reports that the snow level was at 7000' feet as of 6/15. So it should be open to the meadow by now (6/24).
Sunset
Sunset
I boosted saturation just a teeny bit; otherwise it was kinda dull.
Sunset II
Sunset II
A bit more saturation boost, here. But it *could* have looked this way.
Chilkoot Creek
Chilkoot Creek
This is from the Beasore Rd. bridge where it crosses this creek, just before it meets Willow Creek. The water was flowing pretty good, but not totally out of control. It was early in the morning (on Sunday) and it hadn't been that hot. There may be more melt once the heatwave hit.
Meadow
Meadow
Came to this nice meadow along Sky Ranch Rd, heading to Fresno Dome. I'm not sure it has a name.
More meadow pics coming up...
More meadow pics coming up...
Different zooms, angles, etc.
Old barn
Old barn

More old barn
More old barn
One of these is prbably from the raw image rather than the in-camera jpg.
Barn plus meadow
Barn plus meadow

Barn plus meadow II
Barn plus meadow II

Barn plus meadow III
Barn plus meadow III
I was comparing the sharpness; not really thrilled with any of them. I thought maybe this one was the best.
End of FS10
End of FS10
Snow blocked the way, as on Beasore Rd.
Tree with snow
Tree with snow

Raleigh
Raleigh
This wsa at the junction with another road; this is from that road; we came up on the road that goes off to the right in this picture.
Turnaround point
Turnaround point
If you look at the previous picture, you'll see that the sign said the Fresno Dome TH was 1 mile. We walked about 2 miles and naver saw it. This was at the point where I gave up and turned around. We climbed up to the top of the ridge. The peak in the distance is the same Little Shuteye Peak that was in yesterday's pictures (I think).
Panorama
Panorama
The only one that really turned out Ok on the whole trip. The exposure seems wonky when I do sweep panorama. I need to figure out why that is.
Rocks
Rocks
This is from the RAW image; the JPGs had the snow way over-exposed.
Fresno Dome
Fresno Dome
Just visible to the right, slightly behind us as we came up the road here. Not far away, but I didn't know where the turnoff was. If I had more time we could have walked there from here. The snow was starting to get soft so it may not have been a pleasant walk.
Another tree
Another tree

Fresno Dome
Fresno Dome
This is from the Fresno Dome Campground area on the way back. If you ascend to the rocky ridge slightly above the road, you get a pretty nice view.
Fresno Dome II
Fresno Dome II

Fresno Dome III
Fresno Dome III

Fresno Dome IV
Fresno Dome IV

Fresno Dome V
Fresno Dome V

Fresno Dome VI
Fresno Dome VI

Junction at Fresno Dome Campground
Junction at Fresno Dome Campground
Everything very snow-covered here, although we were only a half-mile or so from the car, below which the road was clear.
Bridalveil Falls
Bridalveil Falls
Took Hwy 41 back through Yosemite, stopping to take pictures as the Wawona Tunnel viewpoint.
Bridalveil Falls II
Bridalveil Falls II

Bridalveil Falls III
Bridalveil Falls III
At 200mm
El Capitan
El Capitan

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley II
Yosemite Valley II

El Capitan II
El Capitan II

Yosemite Valley III
Yosemite Valley III

Yosemite Valley IV
Yosemite Valley IV

Yosemite Valley V
Yosemite Valley V

El Capitan face
El Capitan face
This might have been from the roadside directly below (rather than from the viewpoint). Pretty sharp image, compared to my P&S camera. I took one with that camera too, for comparison. I'll look at these side-by-side after I pull the pictures from that camera.
El Capitan monolith
El Capitan monolith
From the roadside below. Uneventful drive home, until I hit a grass fire in Morgan Hill, which cost me an extra 30-45 minutes. Hwy 140 was a good change of pace from my usual Hwy 120 route.
Yosemite Valley pic with Panasonic camera
Yosemite Valley pic with Panasonic camera
I'm not sure I posted the similar shot with the Sony NEX; if not, I'll go find that and post it for comparison.
Yosemite Valley pic using Sony NEX
Yosemite Valley pic using Sony NEX
Here's the same shot with the Sony (straight-out-of-camera jpg).
Post hike ritual
Post hike ritual
Beer and chips for me, cheeseburger for Raleigh.

*20110221 Barlow Rd.

Mt. Umunhum - NW Ridge
Mt. Umunhum - NW Ridge
Your mission, should choose to accept it, is simply to ascend that ridge. Nice, gradual ramp all the way to the top!
Snow-capped Loma Prieta
Snow-capped Loma Prieta
From Mt. Umunhum Rd.
Barlow Rd. turnoff
Barlow Rd. turnoff
The Woods Rd junction is 1.8mi; the NW ridge turnoff is shortly before that (say 1.5mi).
Diablo Range
Diablo Range
Snow-covered Mt. Hamilton and vicinity; you can see Mt. Umunhum Rd. (which I drove up) cutting across the ridge in the middle distance).
Mt. Hamilton, closer up
Mt. Hamilton, closer up
Still a goodly amount of snow. This was on Monday Feb 21, the day after we were at Sanborn. It snowed on Saturday, as I recall.
Mt. Hamilton, closer still
Mt. Hamilton, closer still
That's about all the zoom I got.
Mt. Umunhum looming ahead
Mt. Umunhum looming ahead
Actually, it doesn't look that high...
NW Ridge
NW Ridge
View of the ridge, from a bend in Barlow Rd.
Winter clouds
Winter clouds
(I thought this was a nice picture, BTW). You can make out a gate either on Barlow Rd. (or some turnoff; I didn't go that far). The abandoned road that heads up the ridge is immediately behind me here.
The abandoned road
The abandoned road
It looks nice and wide here, but there's a stretch thinly covered with scattered bushes next to Barlow Rd. so one might not even notice this turnoff.
End of the trail
End of the trail
This is where things get interesting. I could see a few footprints striking off into the woods. No poison oak. Next t ime I'll forge through here and see where it leads. Rumor has it that you stay towards the right and climb the ridge un
Clearing at end of abandoned road
Clearing at end of abandoned road
Loma Prieta in the distance.
Another abandoned road
Another abandoned road
This one headed downhill (most did). There were 3 or 4 passable routes. One really nice one heading down along Guadalu pe Creek. I've heard that ascending the creek from way down near Guadalupe Reservoir next to Hicks Rd. is a nice scramb

2011 02 05 MontaraMtn

In the parking lot
In the parking lot
We set out about 10:45
Gray whale cove beach
Gray whale cove beach
Looking up the coast soon after starting out.
From slightly higher up
From slightly higher up

Michael
Michael
Looking south towards Moss Beach
Surf
Surf
Decent waves; it was pretty windy later on; not so bad early.
Raleigh at signpost
Raleigh at signpost
He was worn out at the end; I think it's the hot stretches that get him.
Parking lot from midpoint
Parking lot from midpoint
Most of the uphill started here.
Montara Mtn
Montara Mtn

Coast, looking south
Coast, looking south

SF comes into view
SF comes into view
The trail (fire road, really) goes up the south side of the ridge; once it reaches the top of the ridge, the views to the north are impressive (especially on a clear day).
SF closeup
SF closeup
GG bridge sticking up out of the faint fog
Coast to the south
Coast to the south
The far side of Halfmoon Bay and I think you can maybe see Pigeon Pt (?) beyond
Marin headlands
Marin headlands

Ocean beach, Mt. Tam, and Mt. St. Helena
Ocean beach, Mt. Tam, and Mt. St. Helena
I'm not sure exactly which point on the horizon is Mt. St. Helena. It is ~77 mi distant, though.
Farallones...
Farallones...
...Clearly visible through the haze, beyond the slightly lower summit to the NW
Pt. Reyes
Pt. Reyes
The cliffs above Limantour beach were clearly visible.
Marker at summit
Marker at summit

Mt. Umunhum
Mt. Umunhum
The fourth ridge, just barely visible; you can make out the tower on top.
Pt. Reyes Cliffs
Pt. Reyes Cliffs

Parking lot from above
Parking lot from above
We took the short route (straight down!) on the return. Too steep (for me) on the way up, in retrospect.

2010

20100911 Freel Peak attempt

As high as I got...
As high as I got...
Looking up at the summit from the rocky cliff on the climb up from the pass.
Lake Margaret Trailhead
Lake Margaret Trailhead
Signpost at the trailhead for the hike to Lake Margaret.
Creek/Pond
Creek/Pond
The outlet creek from Caples Lk was running pretty high.  Raleigh did not like crossing on the log bridge so I had to find a spot upstream where he could get across.  It wasn't easy.
Big log
Big log

Tarn
Tarn
A small pond not too far before Lake Margaret.  I bailed shortly thereafter, before a rocky uphill scramble, as I recall.
Fallen giant
Fallen giant
This is at the spot where Raleigh and I camped.  It was right next to the FS road that turns off Hwy 89 just before Luther Pass.
Heading up to Armstrong Pass
Heading up to Armstrong Pass
Early the next morning, the sun was just hitting the mountain just southwest of Armstrong Pass.  The trail starts out as an abandoned road and heads uphill along the creek at about this point.
Armstrong Pass
Armstrong Pass
Views of the Crystal Range across the way.
Granite
Granite
Some rocky outcropping above the trail as it gradually ascends Freel Peak.
Crystal Range
Crystal Range

Closeup
Closeup
(a little pixelated, this is at 17x, cropped).  I think that's Pyramid Peak on the left, or maybe on the right.  I had climbed that peak a couple of years earlier.
Another outcropping
Another outcropping
The trail cuts right below these, then angles uphill after going around the prow of the ridge.
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
The lake comes into view as you swing around the mountain.  This is zoomed in on a corner of the lake.
Tahoe Rim Trail
Tahoe Rim Trail
At the "pass" where it crosses over the shoulder of Freel Pk.  It drops down to Starr Lake from here.  The mountain (like Jobs Pk) seems to be a big pile of sand.  Much more pleasant walking than the rubble further south, as at Sonora and Tioga passes.
Tahoe Blue
Tahoe Blue

Heavenly...
Heavenly...
...is on the north (far) side of that peak (Monument Pk, I believe).
Weathered tree trunk at the pass
Weathered tree trunk at the pass

Raleigh deciding which way to go.
Raleigh deciding which way to go.
Only 1 mile to the summit, but 1200' climb.  Which means it is pretty steep.  The start is kind of rocky steps, which gave Raleigh some trouble.
Crystal Range
Crystal Range
again; some rocky terrain over on Trimmer Pk in the foreground.
sandy slope...
sandy slope...
heading up to Freel Pk.
Turnaround point
Turnaround point
Nice, clear day, at least.
This way, Raleigh says
This way, Raleigh says

Seems like we're right at the edge of the lake...
Seems like we're right at the edge of the lake...

The usual refreshments
The usual refreshments

Frank's cabin
Frank's cabin
windows are in!

Green Creek

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Dunderberg Peak (attempt)

"Dunderberg Lake"
"Dunderberg Lake"
This is a nice lake, unnamed so far as I know.

It was about 1/2 mile beyond where I camped and 1/4 mile beyond where I stopped driving.  There was a stretch of really rocky road that I decided not to attempt.  Probably a bit more work would have got me past that point and the rest of the way was pretty smooth.

It was the first day of deer season.  There was a group of hunters camped at the far end of the lake in that clump of trees at center.

Dunderberg Peak rises above the lake to the south west.

BTW, I forgot my camera battery so had to resort to taking pictures with my phone.  Thus, the very low resolution.  They don't look so bad online, but full resolution they are pretty pixelated.
Bridgeport Valley
Bridgeport Valley
This is from the 4WD road just beyond where I camped.
Lake and Sweetwater Mountains in the distance
Lake and Sweetwater Mountains in the distance
I headed south up the ridge.  This is the view back towards the lake.  On the horizon is the Sweetwater Range which lie north of Bridgeport.
Gravel, Sand, and Snow
Gravel, Sand, and Snow
The beginning was more gravel and easier walking than higher up.  Across the way is the largest of the remaining snowfields.  Dunderberg Peak is above it.

My plan was to reach a saddle on the ridge out of view to the left, then follow the ridge up to the summit.
Sawtooth Range
Sawtooth Range
A bit higher up the distinctive Sawtooth Range came into view.
Almost to the top of the ridge
Almost to the top of the ridge
This picture was taken at 9:40.  I started out at 7:30 and left the lake at 8:00.  So it took me 1:30 to climb that slope!

I go pretty slow.  It was another hour or so until I reached the saddle on the top of the summit ridge (well below the summit).
Mono Lake
Mono Lake
This was at 10:17, so I lied; it only took 37 minutes to reach the top of the saddle.
View south
View south
This is looking south (perhaps slightly west).

Virginia Lakes canyon in the foreground, stretching to the right behind the flanks of Dunderberg Peak.

The peak on the far side of that canyon is Black Mountain.  The high point on the horizon directly behind is Mt. Conness, I believe.

To the left is Mt. Warren (12,000+), which appears to the highpoint, but beyond it and slightly to its right is Mt. Dana.

I'm sure the views from the summit (800' higher) are even better.
Virginia Lakes Campground
Virginia Lakes Campground

Mono Lake
Mono Lake
The White Mountains on the horizon beyond the lake.

This is from the prominent sub-summit at 11,712'.
Dunderberg summit
Dunderberg summit
Looking across at the slope up the summit ridge to the peak.

It looks worse from this angle.  But it was still too formidable a challenge for me this day.

The terrain at higher elevations was unstable brown volcanic rubble.  The worst for climbing on.
My route
My route
Looking down to the lake where I started.  I came up and went slightly right (to the left in this picture).  You can see the rocks that made the climbing such a chore.
Back at the car
Back at the car
I aimed straight for the car on the way down, meaning I bypassed the lake.  Here's the obligatory picture of me enjoying the refreshment that usually awaits.

Gaylor Peak 11,004'

Cloudy day at Tioga Pass
Cloudy day at Tioga Pass
Heading out from the trailhead to Gaylor Lakes from Tioga Pass; after a short climb you can see the mountains of the Cathedral Range to the south. The weather was unusually cloudy and very windy.
Mts Dana and Gibbs
Mts Dana and Gibbs

Cathedral Range
Cathedral Range
This is on the way up ridge to the summit. At the point the trail reaches the top of the ridge you can see down into the Gaylor Lakes basin and towards Toulomne Meadow beyond. Cathedral Peak is prominent on the horizon. Note the large snowfield persisting on the slope at the left.
Gaylor Ridge
Gaylor Ridge
Looking south down the ridge that divides the Gaylor Lakes basin from Tioga Pass. I don't think it is actually called Gaylor Ridge, but what else are they going to call it?


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Lee Vining Canyon
Lee Vining Canyon
Looking NE from the summit of Gaylor Peak.
Granite Lakes
Granite Lakes
Oddly enough, there seemed to be very little granite on Gaylor Peak. At least not the kind of granite you think of in Yosemite. The rock was all brown and crappy to walk on.



Gaylor Peak
Gaylor Peak
From the saddle where the trail crosses the ridge before descending to the Gaylor Lakes basin.

20100815 Jobs Peak

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Freel Peak
Freel Peak
Viewed from the meadow where I camped.
Hope Valley
Hope Valley
This is at around 9500', I'd guess. Lower down the views were limited to the slopes of Freel Pk on the opposite side of the valley.
Freel Peak
Freel Peak
Where I *meant* to climb...
Hope Valley, closer up
Hope Valley, closer up
Round Top is the prominent peak on the horizon.
Hawkins Peak
Hawkins Peak
Looking SE (give or take).
Top of Jobs/Freel saddle
Top of Jobs/Freel saddle
The trail junctions are marked with simple white stakes; no trail names or anything. Maybe these are for skiers or something.
Jobs Peak
Jobs Peak
My destination finally came into view around to the right. A portion of the great state of Nevada in the valley beyond.
Raleigh heading up to the summit
Raleigh heading up to the summit
The trail is level for a ways with one last 500ft climb or so at the end.
Freel Peak
Freel Peak
Looking back to the saddle and to Freel Peak beyond. The trail didn't hit the low spot on the saddle. I thought briefly of going down and climbing Freel Pk as well but fortunately came to my senses.
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe comes into view from the ridge top here.
Tahoe blue
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Close up of Lake Tahoe from near the Jobs Pk. summit.
Jobs Peak Summit
Jobs Peak Summit
The pole marked the highpoint. No register; or at least I couldn't find it.
Carson Valley
Carson Valley
The east slope seemed to drop straight down to the valley floor.
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Across to Jobs Sister and Freel Peak.
Across to Jobs Sister and Freel Peak.

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2009

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Devil's Postpile and Rainbow Falls

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*20090712BloodyCyn

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*20090628GibbsCyn

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*20090711LundyCyn

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*20090627WarrenCyn

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2009 Coe Backcountry Weekend

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2009 05 09 Bodie

Ebbett's Pass
Ebbett's Pass
Ebbetts Pass signpost; my first time over this pass.  I'm not sure I agree with Mr. Goddard.  I'd rate this pass lower than any of the others.  Carson is easier and about as scenic.  Sonora is easier (save for the last couple of miles) and closer; more scenic.  And Tioga is the best (aside from the city-slickers driving rented RVs too slowly through Yosemite).
Hwy 4 rest stop
Hwy 4 rest stop
This is pretty close to the top of the pass.  Quite a bit of snow, still.
Monitor Pass
Monitor Pass
You get to go over two passes going this way.  Monitor Pass is on Highway 89 between Markleeville and Hwy 395.  It crosses the divide between a couple of forks of the West Walker River (or the Walker River; who can keep all those straight).

This pass is pretty smooth sailing up and down.  The "pass" is actually a broad saddle along the ridge at the top; quite anticlimactic.
Descending Ebbett's Pass
Descending Ebbett's Pass
Hwy 4 descends along Silver Creek; I'm not sure what they call this canyon.  This is at teh switchbacks at around 7500 ft., just before entering Noble Canyon.  Silver Peak is on your right (summit is out of view, though).
Descending Monitor Pass
Descending Monitor Pass
This is a bit past Monitor Pass before descending steeply down to meet Hwy 395.  The snow-capped mountains on the left are the Sweetwaters.  The Sierra at center and towards the right.
Leviathan Grade
Leviathan Grade
This grade has a name, I think.  Leviathan Peak is nearby above Monitor Pass so maybe that's its name.
Napolean Valley
Napolean Valley
This broad valley runs parallel to Hwy 395.  It is a ways east of the Sierra crest; seems like there would be trailheads at its end heading up towards White Mountain, Lost Cannon Peak, etc.
Bodie
Bodie
Arrived in Bodie around 2:00.  The road is good except for the last 3 miles of gravel.  There were quite a few people at the parking lot and walking through the town.
Ghost town
Ghost town
The buildings are remarkably well preserved.  I'm not sure to what extent they've been refurbished, though.
Church
Church
I'm not sure what denomination this was.  Probably generic Protestant.  The miners probably spent more time at the brothels at the other end of town, regardless.
More Bodie buildings
More Bodie buildings
At least one brick building here.  The lumber (and bricks) had to be hauled in.
Church building detail
Church building detail
The roof there looks new.  The stuff just doesn't rot away in the dry desert climate.
Church steeple
Church steeple

Doorknob
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Steetscape
Steetscape
The mines seemed to be active until the 30's at least.  There was a big fire then and burned much of the town.  I think it was abandoned and just sat empty for 30 years or so until the state acquired it.

I'm guessing the light poles were installed not too long before they abandoned the town.
Bucket
Bucket
Looks like they kind of left things right where they sat.  I noticed garages with nice (?) carriages parked in them.  Kind of like if you got layed off from Cisco and left your Honda in your garage.
Tilt
Tilt
This building seemed to be wobbling a bit.  We'll see how long these survive after the state abandons the town once again in the curren budget mess.
Main drag
Main drag
This is looking back towards the center of town from a ways up the one main street (another ran perpindicular).  That's Bodie Mountain rising in the distance towards the left.
Bodie, CA
Bodie, CA
Looking back at the town from near where I camped.  The White Mountains are in the distance.
Closer up...
Closer up...

Bodie Hills
Bodie Hills
Wide angle shot of Bodie and the southern end of the Bodie Hills.  That sage-brush is about all that grew here.  There were a coupld of aspen trees tucked in behind a hill just above 9000 ft.

Futher south on Glass Mtn (where I went two weeks later) there was a nice forest at this elevation.  I'm not sure what the difference is, exactly.
Raleigh heading up Bodie Mountain
Raleigh heading up Bodie Mountain
Early the next morning we started climbing.  It was a pretty nice hike; only a few miles and a couple of thousand feet of climbing, total to do both peaks.
Mono Lake and the Sierra
Mono Lake and the Sierra
Before too long Mono Lake comes into view, along with the Sierra towards the west.
Cowboy country
Cowboy country
Seems there's private ranches bordering the state park (and
BLM lands).  Nice new fence here.
Mono Lk, again
Mono Lk, again

Bridgeport valley
Bridgeport valley
I think that's Bridgeport down there (the arm pit of the eastern Sierra, in my estimation).  If I was them, I wouldn't jack up my prices for gas a dollar more than what they're charging in the next town down the road.  Charge a dollar less and you might actually get people to stop.

Anyway, this is on the road between Bodie Mountain and Potato Peak.
Potato Peak
Potato Peak
Elevation 10226.  14 feet higher than Bodie Mountain, or something like that.  Potato Peak involves some actual climbing; the summit is a typical pile of rocks.  Raleigh gave up and waited for me down below.  He doesn't do well at rock hopping.
Summit portrait
Summit portrait
Mono Lake and the Sierra in the distance.
Homesteader's cabin
Homesteader's cabin
Hah.  I'm not sure what this is about.  Nobody in their right mind would live here and if one wanted a place to stay, there would be better places than high up on this summit.  Maybe this is where the radio relay tower used to be (there was a nice new cinder-block building with antennas down below).
Bodie, from the summit
Bodie, from the summit
You can see the road coming up from the right.
Bodie from the summit
Bodie from the summit
This is zoomed in 17X.  You can't beat that superzoom.  With a standard 4x you wouldn't be able to tell what this was.
parking lot from the summit of Bodie Mountain
parking lot from the summit of Bodie Mountain
If you look real close, you can make out my car just off the road in the top left corner.  Look just to the left and below the narrow snow patch along the road.  The larger blob there is the cattle trough next to where I parked.
Ebbett's Pass
Ebbett's Pass
The sign at the top of the pass on the way home.
Pacific Grade Summit
Pacific Grade Summit
You have to climb out of one canyon and over a ridge on the way down Hwy 4.  This is the top of the ridge after climbing back up.  There's a lake there; almost completely frozen over still.
Sierra panorama
Sierra panorama
From the slope heading up Bodie Mountain.  I should try to identify the peaks.  I think Dunderberg Peak is at left.
Mono Lake panorama from Bodie Mountain
Mono Lake panorama from Bodie Mountain

Potato Peak Panorama
Potato Peak Panorama
180 degree view (more or less), S to N

2008

2008 Sep Yosemite Camping with Alberto

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Snowshoeing trip to Dodge Ridge (2008 Jan 17)

Michael testing out his cool new blue snowshoes
Michael testing out his cool new blue snowshoes
We started at the Crabtree trailhead; this is a National Forest parking area; mostly used by Nordic skiers.
Raleigh
Raleigh
These trail are almost entirely on forest service roads so have pretty easy grades.
Looking back
Looking back
The views are less than spectacular but the woods are nice.
Michael
Michael
A beautiful sugar pine along the roadway.
The "Hairpin"
The "Hairpin"
The road makes a couple of long switchbacks.  At one turn (labelled the "Hairpin" on the map) there was a bit of an overlook.
Aspen Meadow
Aspen Meadow
Just before Aspen Meadow is a big road junction.  This seems to be the start of the "Sierra Grandstand" driving tour.  It's something like 14 miles back down to Long Barn.

We took the road towards Aspen meadow.
Dodge Ridge
Dodge Ridge
I think this is looking up to the top of the ridge.  Dodge Ridge ski resort is mostly on the other side.
Aspen Meadow...
Aspen Meadow...
...in the background behind Michael and Raleigh.
Bill
Bill
This is me posing along the road where we stopped for lunch.  At this point we took the "Augie" trail down.  This section was the only bit that wasn't a road.
Snow covered rock
Snow covered rock
At least I think it's a rock under there.  This was back at Aspen Meadow, I think.
Back at Aspen Meadow
Back at Aspen Meadow
We started out from the trailhead at 10:30.  Lunch was 1:00-1:30, this must have been about 2:30.  The snow was getting kind of slushy at this point.
Junction Overlook
Junction Overlook
From the junction just before Aspen Meadow we descended by way of the Ridge trail.  This is opposite the Aspen Meadow trail (on the other side of the valley) and offers much better views.
Ridge trail
Ridge trail
The trail follows the top of the ridge down to the left.
View to the east
View to the east
This is the view from this overlook down the Stanislaus River canyon.
Michael and Bill
Michael and Bill
Picture courtesy of some Russian folks who we met here.
Refreshments
Refreshments
We enjoyed some refreshments back at the car before heading home (with a stop at Perko's Cafe for dinner).  Driving time was just over 3:00.  Little traffic for a Sunday because the next day was a holiday.

Miscellaneous

Pyramid Peak - June 2004

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Pyramid Peak
Pyramid Peak
Ascent route, more or less
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Me, on ridge looking west
Me, on ridge looking west

Lake and adjacent Peak
Lake and adjacent Peak
I think this is Mt. Agassiz, which is right next to Pyramid Pk and almost as tall.
Lake before climbing ridge.
Lake before climbing ridge.
That chute was pretty gnarly. Steep, with loose rock.
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Looking down the chute
Looking down the chute
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Desolation Wilderness - October 2003

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Pyramid Peak
Pyramid Peak
On the left (I believe).  Aloha Lake in between, but probably more to the right.
Aloha Lake
Aloha Lake
Pyramid Peak on the horizon.  Apparently, they greatly lower the lake level in late (?) summer to fill reservoirs downstream.

This was taken in late Oct, 2003.

Fallen Leaf Lk
Fallen Leaf Lk
The larger lake is Fallen Leaf.  Not sure about the little one.  This is on the descent from the ridge separating this area from Aloha Lake and the PCT between Echo Lk. and Aloha Lk.
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Lake LeConte
Lake LeConte
Where I camped.
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Tamarack Trail
Tamarack Trail
Or somesuch name.  A bit of a pain to descend, very steep and rocky.  Better than off-trail, which I've done a lot of since, but at the time I made note of this sign (which was at the bottom, not the top).
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Aspens
Aspens
On the way out from the TH near Fallen Leaf Lk.
Raleigh on Mt. Tallac summmit
Raleigh on Mt. Tallac summmit
It was very windy!  Great views, though.  A nice hike up from Gilman Lk, as I recall.
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Gilman Lk.
Gilman Lk.
maybe "Gilmore"?  A nice campsite there.  Fishing is good, reportedly.
Another lake
Another lake
Suzy, or Lillie, or some chick's name.  On the way across from Gilman Lk. to Aloha Lk.
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Out of focus picture
I have no idea why I put this one in this album.
Yet another lake
Yet another lake
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Fallen Leaf Lk and Lk Tahoe
Fallen Leaf Lk and Lk Tahoe
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Crystal Range
Crystal Range
I think this was on the trail up to Gilman Lake.
View from summit of Mt. Tallac
View from summit of Mt. Tallac
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Panorama
Panorama
Looking NW
Raleigh on alert
Raleigh on alert
I think maybe he saw some deer.  This is on the trail up Mt. Tallac.
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Crystal Range
Crystal Range
Pyramid Peak at left.  This was getting near dark.
Trail (fire road)
Trail (fire road)
As we set out in the afternoon.
Panorama
Panorama
The route wound through those two lakes.  The nearer one may be Gilman Lk, but I think it was actually off to the right.  This might have been on the way up to Mt. Tallac, too.
Gilman Lk.
Gilman Lk.
From trail up to Mt. Tallac.
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Mt. Tallac
Mt. Tallac
maybe
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Labor Day 2006 - Leavitt Peak and Big Sam

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Miscellaneous

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Coyote Hills

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Trail map; we started at the red P and went clockwise; 2 miles, 400' elevation gain

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View of the "Main Marsh" area from the slopes above the Quarry Staging area where we parked and started

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Looking across the quarry area towards the hill above the Dumbarton Bridge

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View from the top of the first hill we climbed

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Another view along the Coyote Hills ridge looking south
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View from top of the highest hill across the bay, directly into the setting sun

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Salt ponds and the bay

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"Caution; Steep Rough Trail Ahead"

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View back along the ridgeline

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Along the ridgeline towards the north, we climbed the next hill and then went right on a use trail

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Back side of the ridge above the marsh

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Some geese on the hillside; pairs kept flying by; ducks, too

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Looking across the marsh; the hill on the left is where we started

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Boardwalk as you exit the trail from the marsh; a sign at this end said no dogs but I saw none at the other end (I swear)

Kaiser Peak *

View towards Sierra crest from Potter Pass.
View towards Sierra crest from Potter Pass.
2006-06-24
Upper Twin Lk
Upper Twin Lk
2006-06-24
This side of the ridge had glaciers, which left this big erratic, split in two
This side of the ridge had glaciers, which left this big erratic, split in two
2006-06-24
Sunset at George Lk
Sunset at George Lk
2006-06-24
Looking down the chute up from George Lk; it was a bit steeper beyond the edge
Looking down the chute up from George Lk; it was a bit steeper beyond the edge
Looking down the chute up from George Lk; it was a bit steeper beyond the edge of the snow, out of view
Looking across the chute; I think it was steeper than this picture might lead
Looking across the chute; I think it was steeper than this picture might lead
Looking across the chute; I think it was steeper than this picture might lead you to believe
Upper portion of chute
Upper portion of chute
2006-06-25
The top; I went just left of the rocks in the middle
The top; I went just left of the rocks in the middle
2006-06-25
Atop the ridge, looking west
Atop the ridge, looking west
2006-06-25
Kaiser Peak 10,310'
Kaiser Peak 10,310'
2006-06-25
Raleigh on top of the summit
Raleigh on top of the summit
2006-06-25
The next sequence of pictures comprise a 360 degree panorama from the summit
The next sequence of pictures comprise a 360 degree panorama from the summit
The next sequence of pictures comprise a 360 degree panorama from the summit of Kaiser Pk
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Raleigh relaxing on the summit; Ritter range on the horizon
Raleigh relaxing on the summit; Ritter range on the horizon
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Me atop Kaiser Pk
Me atop Kaiser Pk
2006-06-25
Looking across the top of the chute we climbed; if you look closely enough,
Looking across the top of the chute we climbed; if you look closely enough,
Looking across the top of the chute we climbed; if you look closely enough, you can see my tracks above rocks lower center).
Huntington Lk, from below College Rock
Huntington Lk, from below College Rock
2006-06-25
Snow plants; these were everywhere between 8K and 9K elevation
Snow plants; these were everywhere between 8K and 9K elevation
2011-03-07
Lower Twin Lk
Lower Twin Lk
2011-03-07
Clouds above Kaiser Ridge
Clouds above Kaiser Ridge
2011-03-07
Looking down at Jewel and Campfire Lakes; they were still pretty much frozen
Looking down at Jewel and Campfire Lakes; they were still pretty much frozen
Looking down at Jewel and Campfire Lakes; they were still pretty much frozen over
Cloud above Kaiser Pk (actually the summit is out of view to the right)
Cloud above Kaiser Pk (actually the summit is out of view to the right)
2011-03-07

Pictures from Jazz Fest 2013

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Phone Pictures

Phone Pics

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Tsipi
Tsipi
Our friend Tsipi and her husband Noam stopped by to visit from Israel.  They lived in our apartment complex when we first moved to CA 15 years ago.
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test pic
test pic
a sample picture from my phone

Still trying to get this to work.

Photo Books

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Comments

10/20/2011 7:23:54 AM - 004050892682
Bill, PLEASE contact me regarding Mt Whitney. stevec@sfsu.edu

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