We started with five and ended with seven. Proud to say this was the first American flag to make it to the tallest point in the contiguous United States on this Independence Day, our two veterans in the foreground. Mile 210.
Wales Lake and the Eastern Sierras from Mt. Whitney. Mile 210.
The mountains north of Mt. Whitney covered by clouds in early morning. Mile 210.
Sunrise from Whitney
Looking west from atop Mt. Whitney at sunrise. Mile 210.
Looking down Pinnacle Ridge off the east side of Mt. Whitney, towards Thor Peak and Wotans Throne. The town of Lone Pine in the distance. Mile 210.
Silhouette of the survey hut on top of Mt. Whitney, the moon hidden behind passing clouds. Mile 210.
Breaking camp at Guitar Lake at 2AM to guarantee an arrival on the summit of Mt. Whitney before sunrise. Mile 205.
A small lake on top of Bighorn Plateau. We had wanted to camp here this night, but because of its exposure and being the highest point in the area, that wasn't a good idea with the sporadic thunderstorms. Mile 195.
Forester Pass Descent
The trail coming off the south side of Forester Pass was cut out of the rock almost 100 years ago. Rare Sky Pilot and Alpine Gold flowers grow out of the cracks. Mile 188.
Passing snow and small lakes on the way up Forester Pass. Mile 188.
Low clouds and a setting sun looking down towards the Kearsarge Pinnacles. Mile 187.
Virga from passing rain showers over Rae Lakes while hikers make their way up the rocks to Glen Pass. Mile 178.
Fin Dome Reflections
Fin Dome reflecting in Dollar Lake. Mile 173.
Mount Clarence King
Cascades on Woods Creek in front of Mount Clarence King, during sunset. Mile 168.
Woods Creek Suspension Bridge
The Woods Creek Suspension Bridge. Mile 169.
Descent from Pinchot
A hiker heads south after descending Pinchot Pass. Mile 161.
Looking north from Pinchot Pass. Mile 161.
Sky Pilot, a rare wildflower only found at high altitude, on Pinchot Pass. Mile 161.
Traveling south in Upper Basin, Looking towards Striped Mountain, Mount Pinchot, Mount Wynne, and Pinchot Pass. Mile 152.
Small lakes in "Upper Basin", just below Mather Pass. Mile 151.
Mather Pass South Side
A hiker ascends Mather Pass from the south side. Mile 151.
The Golden Staircase
The Golden Staircase has a few "false summits". Mile 145.
Early morning at the small lake near Starr Camp. Three young bucks feeding in front of the waterfall. Mile 132.
Muir Pass Descent
Descending out of Muir Pass towards Helen Lake. Mile 128.