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Radiating Pinnacle Ridgeline | Our original plan was to spend the last night of the High Sierra Trail (HST) backpacking trip at Trail Camp at the bottom of the ninety-nine switchbacks. But, it was still quite early when we arrived there. So, we decided to hike farther down to shorten the distance to Whitney Port when exiting next day (because we still had to hitch a ride to Lone Pine Campground). It would’ve been cool to camp at Consultation Lake but in the end we settled farther down at the top of this giant granite slab, higher than both Mirror Lake and Outpost Camp. The view of Inyo Mountains across Owens Valley in the far distance through the narrow valley was quite a treat. And we were still high enough to see Lone Pine Lake as well. The nicely flowing Lone Pine Creek about 20 feet below us made this campsite an ideal spot to spend the night. Next morning we got up early and found a perfect spot a bit down the slab to catch the sunrise. The sun was not visible because of the ridgeline on the right, but on our left the east end of the jagged Pinnacle Ridgeline was radiating in insane orange once the sun rose! After a few minutes, it was gone. And it was time for us to get ready to descend the last section of Mt. Whitney Trail. Inyo National Forest, CA Adventure Beauty Beauty In Nature Dawn Eastern Sierra High Sierra Hiking Inyo Mountains Inyo National Forest Landscape Landscape Photography Lone Pine Creek Lone Pine Lake Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Outdoors Owens Valley Peaks Pinnacle Ridgeline Sierra Nevada Sunrise Sunrise Glow
Way up Tioga Peak in Inyo National Forest, 10,900+ft (3300+m). Looking back into Tioga Pass toward Yosemite. Tranquil Scene Mountain Scenics Beauty In Nature Landscape Mountain Range Physical Geography Non-urban Scene Tranquility Idyllic Travel Destinations Yosemite National Park Inyo National Forest California Sierra Nevada Mountains Hiking Mountain Climbing Lost In The Landscape Been There.
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What was laid out before my eyes | On our way down from Mt. Whitney summit, till we reached back Trail Crest, I couldn’t help myself making frequent stops and gazing at what was laid out before my eyes. Yes, I had been here before. It wasn’t the first time. But, how would I know whether or not there would be another time? I was just getting most out of that moment, which would never return. Right in front of me, Mt. Hitchcock towered over the beautiful Hitchcock Lakes. And there was the equally amazing Guitar Lake to the right. We spent the last two nights at both lakes! If you look farther out, beyond the Kern River Canyon, Mt. Kaweah, Second Kaweah, Red Kaweah and Black Kaweah made up their own mountain skyscraper! We started our 73-mile excursion from Crescent Meadow way behind it. In fact, the Great Western Divide, which we had crawled over via Kaweah Gap several days ago, continued to stretch far to the left of the frame. It marks the Sequoia National Park boundary. It is truly mind boggling to look back at the mountain range where we backpacked for the last 8 days in a different perspective. Inyo National Forest, CA Above Timberline Adventure Backcountry Beauty In Nature Great Western Divide Guitar Lake High Sierra High Sierra Trail Hitchcock Lakes Inyo National Forest John Muir Trail Kern River Canyon Landscape Landscape Photography Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Mt. Hitchcock Mt. Whitney Nature No People Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada Sky Wilderness
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Storms clear and the sun rises over Thousand Island Lake on the John Muir Trail in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Inyo National Forest. Ansel Adams Wilderness Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Idyllic Inyo National Forest Lake Majestic Mountain Mountain Range Nature Non-urban Scene Reflection Remote Scenics Sky Sunrise Thousand Island Lake Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
Creek never stops flowing | After the last breakfast of our 9 days/8 nights High Sierra Trail backpacking trip, we went down to Lone Pine Creek, which was about 20 feet below our campsite, for the last time to fill up our water bottles for the rest of the hike down to Whitney Portal. The water of the creek, flowing quite nicely, was quite cold and refreshing. It was slightly emotional and sentimental to think that the trip that I had wanted to do for the last two years was already coming to an end. Of course, this wasn’t as epic as the other way longer thru-hikes, such as the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail. But, it’s all about the experience, and every experience is different. And most of all, I made so many great memories. A creek never stops flowing. It is always important to to remember that our journey shouldn’t either. Because every moment matters. Inyo National Forest, CA Adventure Backcountry Backpacking Beauty In Nature Cascades Flowing Flowing Water High Sierra Inyo Nation Inyo National Forest Landscape Lone Pine Creek Long Exposure Mountain Range Mt. Whitney Trail Nature No People Outdoors Refreshing Sierra Nevada Stream Stream - Flowing Water Water Waterfall Wilderness
Sun rose over clouds never seemingly dissipating | The alarm went off at midnight. Although we barely slept a wink, it was time to crawl out of our warm and cozy sleeping bags. No one was in the mood for a small chat while packing, thanks to lack of sleep and chilly air. In half an hour we were ready for one of the most anticipated moments on this 9-day backcountry excursion - ascending Mt. Whitney in the dark to catch the sunrise at the summit. The full moon lit the trail, and we hardly depended on the headlamps. Before reaching Trail Crest, we saw a string of headlamp lights slowly snaking up the trail all the way from Guitar Lake. We left our heavy packs at the crest, as most JMT’ers do, and continued our ascend carrying sleeping bag, seat pad and snacks for breakfast only. When reaching the summit at 4:15 am, we were the first ascending that morning, according to the register. While the sunrise was still about 1 ½ hours away, the harrowing wind was almost unbearable. So, we hurtled into the summit hut without hesitation. Inside we were greeted by three backpackers who had spent the night. We were told that they had finished the thru hike the day before but decided to spend the night there to catch the sunrise. Out the window we saw a glimpse of the sunglow start seeping through the thick layer of clouds hanging just above Inyo Mountains. We promptly marched out of the hut and found a spot near the edge of the summit cliff. While bundled up in our sleeping bags, we patiently waited. And as promised, Lone Pine in Owens Valley was slowly waking up again as the sun rose over the clouds never seemingly dissipating. Inyo National Forest, CA Above Timberline Adventure Beauty Beauty In Nature High Sierra Inyo Mountains Inyo National Forest Landscape Lone Pine Lone Pine Peak Mountain Mountains Mt. Whitney Mt. Whitney Summit Nature No People Outdoors Owens Valley Peaks Sierra Nevada Sky Summit Sunlight Sunrise Wilderness
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Views capture on the trail in Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Inyo National Parks in California Ansel Adams Inspired Bishop, Ca California Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney National Park Rock Formation Sequoia & Kings Can Travel Photography Black And White Photography Day Environmental Conservation High Angle View Hikers Hikingadventures Landscape_photography Magazine Shoot Mules Nature Outdoors Rock - Object Stream - Flowing Water Train Tranquil Scene View From Above
Views capture on the trail in Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Inyo National Parks in California Ansel Adams Inspired Bishop, Ca California Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney National Park Rock Formation Sequoia & Kings Can Travel Photography Black And White Photography Day Environmental Conservation High Angle View Hikers Hikingadventures Landscape_photography Magazine Shoot Mules Nature Outdoors Rock - Object Stream - Flowing Water Train Tranquil Scene View From Above
Views capture on the trail in Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Inyo National Parks in California Ansel Adams Inspired Bishop, Ca California Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney National Park Rock Formation Sequoia & Kings Can Travel Photography Black And White Photography Day Environmental Conservation High Angle View Hikers Hikingadventures Landscape_photography Magazine Shoot Mules Nature Outdoors Rock - Object Stream - Flowing Water Train Tranquil Scene View From Above
Views capture on the trail in Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Inyo National Parks in California Ansel Adams Inspired Bishop, Ca California Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney National Park Rock Formation Sequoia & Kings Can Travel Photography Black And White Photography Day Environmental Conservation High Angle View Hikers Hikingadventures Landscape_photography Magazine Shoot Mules Nature Outdoors Rock - Object Stream - Flowing Water Train Tranquil Scene View From Above
Views capture on the trail in Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Inyo National Parks in California Ansel Adams Inspired Bishop, Ca California Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney National Park Rock Formation Sequoia & Kings Can Travel Photography Black And White Photography Day Environmental Conservation High Angle View Hikers Hikingadventures Landscape_photography Magazine Shoot Mules Nature Outdoors Rock - Object Stream - Flowing Water Train Tranquil Scene View From Above
But I knew I tried I have been away hiking the John Muir Trail. For 31 days, to be exact. I am back in the city now where I left for the Sierra Nevada to do the thru hike, and while downloading and sorting through all the photos to edit, I’ve decided to continue posting the remainder of the photos taken at and around South Lake before walking the 210 miles through the wilderness. This particular shot was taken at sunrise, at least attempted, since the sun never came through due to the thick blanket of clouds that had lingered all morning as clearly seen here. I liked the fact that the view of the lake with the peaks in the background was hardly obstructed by the trees while capturing the reflection of the the sky in the water was relatively easy. Wished that the weather cooperated, but I also knew that we didn’t always get lucky. But I knew that I tried. South Lake, CA Inyo National Forest South Lake, Bishop Beauty In Nature Canon Eos  Cloud - Sky Environment Idyllic Lake Landscape Long Exposure Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Reflection Reflection Lake Scenics - Nature Sierra Nevada Sky Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Wilderness