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Great Continental Divide

Everything else turned gold | After supper, we found a spot to watch the sunset a few feet away from the campsite at Precipice Lake. In Sequoia National Park, this was the only campsite where there was no bear locker, meaning we were to put our bear canisters to the test. Of course, a chance of a bear visiting us was highly unlikely, but we had been told earlier in the day that a bear came the night before. We were surprised, but it was what bear canisters were for. At the elevation of 10,384 feet, this was the above timberline country, and it was apparent that it was quite windy, especially with Kaweah Gap in the Great Continental Divide behind us. The sun was setting right over the Alta Peak ridge line. The sky was turning red. Everything else the sunlight touched turned gold. Sequoia National Park, CA Above Timberline Adventure Alpine Alta Peak Backpacking Bear Country Beauty In Nature EyeEm Great Continental Divide High Sierra High Sierra Trail Landscape Landscape Photography Mountain Range Mountains Mountains Are Calling Nature No People Outdoors Peaks Precipice Lake Sequoia National Park Sunset Sunset Glow Wilderness
Short break before uphill battle Our hike on the second day of backpacking the High Sierra Trail (HST) was from Bearpaw Campground to Precipice Lake. Along the way we passed this lovely Hamilton Lakes. Hamilton Lakes were a popular choice to camp for both HST thru hikers and 2-3 day backpackers. Although it was only just over 2 miles between Hamilton Lakes and Precipice, it had the most elevation to gain out of the-6-mile distance for the day. Over 2,100 feet in just over 2 miles. We knew we should take a short break here to get ready for that real uphill battle. I soaked my feet in the lake for a bit while filling up my water bottles. It was quite refreshing. Soon, we were ready to continue up the section of the trail that offered no shade whatsoever in a quite warm afternoon. Sequoia National Park, CA Adventure Backpacking Bear Country Beauty In Nature Canon EyeEm Nature Lover Forest Great Continental Divide High Sierra High Sierra Trail Lake Lakeshore Landscape Landscape Photography Mountain Mountain Range Mountains Nature No People Outdoors Reflection Sequoia National Park Tree Water Wilderness
Sunrise over Great Continental Divide | Morning came on the second day of backpacking the High Sierra Trail. We started early because our hike for the day would involve a long and steep uphill battle. When we were back at the Great Continental Divide lookout point, the sun wasn’t up yet. So, we waited for a bit. Soon the sun rose over the divide, and it was truly magical. Everything in this part of the wilderness started coming back to life. And it was time for us to get on the trail. We would be climbing the divide and it would be a long day. Sequoia National Park, CA Adventure Bearpaw Campground Blue Sky EyeEm Forest Great Continental Divide High Sierra High Sierra Trail Hiking Landscape Landscape Photography Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Mountains Are Calling Nature No People Outdoors Peaks Pine Tree Sun Sunlight Sunrise Wilderness Woods
Sheer drop of cliff into lake | Our hike on the second day of backpacking the High Sierra Trail (HST) ended at Precipice Lake. This lake became one of the best lakes I’d seen. The sheer drop of the cliff into the lake is just mind boggling to look at. It is definitely one of those things where you have to actually see it to believe it. The hike to the lake involving over 2,100 feet elevation gain from Hamilton Lakes wore me out quite a bit with the heavy pack that I was carrying. I had wanted to jump into the lake prior to when I got there, but the lake at 10,384 feet was icy cold. Even some patches of snow still lingering right at the shore kept me out of the water. Instead, I just relaxed while soaking in the almost surreal beauty of the precipice dropping right into the lake. Sequoia National Park, CA Above Timberline Adventure Alpine Lake Bear Country Beauty In Nature California Cliff EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover Great Continental Divide High Sierra High Sierra Trail Icy Cold Lake Landscape Mountain Range Mountains Nature No People Outdoors Precipice Precipice Lake Sequoia National Park Water Wilderness
Watching the exquisitely glowing Divide at sunset | One of the most anticipated backpacking trips of the year happened, and it was backpacking High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park. I am very proud that it was a full 9 days/8 nights excursion in the wilderness, with no resupplies. We arrived at Bearpaw Campground after a long day of hiking through the amazing western part of the Great Continental Divide in Sequoia. After a quick supper, we enjoyed ourselves at this edge of the slabs of rocks watching this exquisitely glowing Divide, accompanied by a few puffs of clouds, equally glowing in beautiful orange. It became one of the unforgettable highlights of the trip. Sequoia National Park, CA Adventure Bearpaw Campground Beauty In Nature California Campground EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover Forest Great Continental Divide High Sierra Trail Landscape Mountain Mountain Peak Nature No People Outdoors Peaks Pine Tree Sequoia National Park Sky Sunset Sunset Glow Tree Wilderness Woods