Monday, October 4, 2010

The High Sierras in Fall - photo blog

I had the recent pleasure of doing a fantastic loop hike out of Tuolumne Meadows. I showed up on Labor Day, and the Rangers in the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness office were able to steer me on a great loop hike. I left the Mono Pass Trailhead, and headed over Parker and Koip passes and then eventually down to Reds Meadow. Surprisingly I saw maybe 2 dozen folks on this entire stretch of trail. My return route was via the John Muir Trail, back into Tuolumne, perhaps one of my favorite sections of the High Sierras.

Tuolumne Meadows at sunset:

The gentle approach to Parker Pass. One of the easiest 11,000 passes I've been over:

Self portrait, sporting the SPOT gps tracker. The wife and kids at home enjoyed being able to "watch" my progress online.

A typical High Sierra creek crossing:

Early light over Gladys lake:

Approaching Thousand Island Lake:

Thousand Island Lake with Banner Peak in the background:

Sunset in Lyell Canyon, a beautiful stretch back into Tuolumne Meadows:


Adam said...

Thought you might enjoy this

Kurt Achtenhagen said...

Nice work! Thanks for sharing Adam!