Track and profile of today's hike
Today's hike is one big climb out of the San Joaquin river up to Humphreys Basin via Piute Canyon
Our current views into the higher peaks will only improve throughout the day.
Bridge where Piute Canyon meets the San Joaquin. We'll hope off the JMT here and start up the Canyon
Hm, a new plastic sign at the wilderness boundary. Kind of weird - I like the wooden ones better.
Pavla helps show off the scale of an enormous downed tree on the trail.
There's a trail in there somewhere!
Looking down on the river flowing through Piute Canyon
David on the trail - tree gives a good idea of scale in here.
Looking back - the canyon that intersects is where we were yesterday.
View up Piute Canyon
And back down Piute Canyon
A peek at Pilot Knob
Here comes Pavla
A wonderful spot to stop for a foot soak and bite to eat. David pulled out his fishing pole but I don't remember him catching anything.
More new signs
Glacier Divide as viewed from Piute Canyon
Almost stepped on this toad in Humpreys Basin!
View towards Muriel Peak from Camp
Mount Humpreys - the sentinel of Humpreys Basin. One of my favorite profiles on a sierra peak (next to whitney, of course).
Camp at Upper Golden Trout Lake
A pretty Golden Trout caught in (you guessed it) Golden Trout Lake. All of the rest I caught were brookies.
David fishing Upper Golden Trout with Mount Humpreys in the distance.
The outlet of Upper Golden Trout Lake. Mt Emerson to the right, Mt Humpreys hiding behind trees on left.
View towards Muriel from the Lake
Lower Golden Trout (I didn't walk down there - we camped at the Upper Lake since the Lower Lake is closed to camping)
Pavla in our kitchen, with Mt Humpreys hanging out in the background.
We finished dinner just in time to watch the evening light hit Humphreys
Turning back the other way, we watched the sky go through the most amazing colors over the next 20 minutes. It started with a typical sunset blue and yellow/orange.
18 minutes later
after another minute
and another minute
and a few seconds later