Temple Crag and Second Lake in the afternoon
Second Lake is the second lake you'll encounter when hiking in along the North Fork of Big Pine Creek.
From Summer of 2017
Reflections in Sam Mack Meadow (Vertical)
Taken on the hike up to the Palisade Glacier
Two Eagles Peak
As seen from a meadow on the way up to the Palisade Glacier
Golden Lake as seen from Mono Pass
An alternate trail into Pioneer Basin and the Mono Creek drainage can be found by following the faint use trail that you can see in this picture. Just head North from the trail once you reach Mono Pas to the obvious cirque holding the lake.
From Spring Photos
Taking in the sunset over Pioneer Basin
My good friend Jeff, soaking in one of my all time favorite camping spots in the Sierras
Lake # 1 in Pioneer Basin with the Mono Divide in the distance
The last of the storm rolling through Fourth Recess Lake and Pioneer Basin
Jeff and Ryan fishing at 4th Recess Lake
A storm passing through Fourth Recess and Fourth Recess Lake
In the John Muir Wilderness and the Mono Divide
Crossing above Golden Lake
Taking the cross country route from Mono Pass the the Mono Creek Drainage by passing above Golden Creek to the headwaters of Mono Creek
Hiking in shorts, in the snow, in July, felt like a dream
A snowman was welcoming my friend Jeff and I to a snowy Mono Pass.
The trail over Mono Pass after an early July snowstorm
I've hiked this pass multiple times and this time was by far the most beautiful.
Jeff hiking into Ruby Lake
We had a nice surprise on the hike in... snow left over from a snowstorm earlier that morning.
First Lake, Second Lake and the rest of the Big Pine Creek Drainage
Taken while ascending to the Palisade Glacier from our camp between First and Second Lake
Looking acros Summit Lake at the Palisades
From left to right the peaks in the Palisades seen here are, Mt. Gayley, Mt. Sill, and North Palisade. The top of the Palisade Glacier can be seen below Mt. Sill and the North Palisade.
Looking at the Palisades from near Summit Lake
Taken along the Big Pine Creek Lakes Loop in the John Muir Wilderness.
First Lake, Second Lake, Temple Crag and the Palisades
Taken from the hike to Black Lake on the Big Pine Creek Lakes Loop.
Temple Crag reflecting in Second Lake at sunset
Looking down on Sam Mack Meadow
Taken along the hike to the Palisade Glacier. Sam Mack Meadow is one of the prettiest little meadows I've seen in the Sierras, made even more beautiful by the glacial stream running through the middle
The Palisade Crest reflecting in a pond in Sam Mack Meadow
Sam Mack Meadow
As seen from the trail to the Palisade Glacier up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek, CA. This picture is taken right when you crest the ridge into the meadow.
My friend Ryan, entering Sam Mack Meadown on the hike up to the Palisade Glacier.
The Palisade Glacier and the North Palisade
Pretty impressive for the largest glacier remaining in the Sierra Nevadas.
Pioneer Basin and beyond
As seen from along the Coast Trail from near Mono Pass. Red Slate and Red and White Peak rise up in the distance.
Little Lakes Valley
Taken after a July snowstorm came through. Luckily we were starting at the end of the storm.
The view of the Mono Divide and the Third Recess from this spot in Pioneer Basin is one of the best vantage points in the entire Sierra Nevada
180 Panorama from near camp (part 2)
180 Panorama from near camp (part 1)
Lupine in bloom
Lupine blooing near our camp in Pioneer Basin
Lakes 1 and 2 in Pioneer Basin
Looking back at the Third and Fourth Recesses.
Fishing Fourth Recess
Fishing at Fourth Recess Lake, one of my favorite lakes ever.
A barren trail...
Heading up Mono Pass from the Mosquito Creek Trailhead. This is one of those sections where you feel like you're in the High Sierra, especially with the added summer snow.
Ruby Lake at sunset
After a cloudy, rainy day a break in the clouds made for an incredible evening.
A break in the weather
After a cloudy, rainy day a break in the clouds made for an incredible afternoon/evening.
Nothing like a summer snow storm...
Hiking to Ruby Lake from Mono Pass after an early Summer snow storm