|I am most of the way up the Golden Staircase here - on the way to Palisades Lake|
|Lower Palisades Lake, late afternoon|
|A California Golden Trout from Palisades|
|With Midge, taking a break on the way up to Mathur Pass, looking back towards Palisades Lakes|
On the left and center are Russ and his wife, Karen - Russ has owned a transmission shop for many years and Karen is a chef and caterer. Both were phenomenal hikers and great people. When we left VVR with 7 hikers, I was the YOUNGEST at age 51 - by 3 years. These people are role models for me! We descended from the pass and hiked another 5 miles or so to our campsite on the south fork of the Kings River. The next day, Day 19, it was UP AGAIN 2,000 feet to Pinchot Pass. Check out the color in these mountains:
|Beneath Pinchot Pass|
Well, as usual I am going on a bit long...on Day 20, we did not have to go over a pass, but we had a 2,500 foot descent and a 2,000 foot gain up to our campsite at Arrowhead Lake - where I got a rare bath:
Of course, the water temperatures at these elevations were very chilly, and with the usual air temperatures in the 60s and a breeze blowing most of the time, we usually chose to skip the dunkings and just splash ourselves and smear the dirt around. But hey, once a week you just had to dive in and freeze.
This campsite at Arrowhead was really pretty, so I have to show you a couple more photos:
|Looking North, down the drainage we climbed up|
|Last Light over Arrowhead Lake|
|One of the Rae Lakes with Island and "The Painted Lady" in the background|
Sorry this photo of our group got over-saturated. Our Guides are in the foreground. This is on top of Glen Pass, at around 12,000 feet.
Coming down off of the pass, this is the valley we descended in to:
Well - it's true that the scenery just gets more dramatic and spectacular as one travels south along the John Muir Trail, and maybe that's why my 5-day "chapters" are getting longer. The next installment will be the final chapter which includes Forester Pass and Mount Whitney. I hope you'll join me. Here's a great photo of my hiking partner, Mike Nix, who was a great trail companion and really watched out for me all along the way - thanks Mike, it was an EPIC journey!
|Mike, on the South side of Glen Pass, with Charlotte Lake in the background|