Morning view of Merriam and Royce peaks from camp. Moon included.
End of L Lake and Pilot Knob
French Canyon. Pilot Knob.
Checking out the view. It was really cold at Steelhead Lake.
Pine Creek Pass
Merriam Peak and French Canyon. Royce peak, yesterday's climb, is a bit cut off on the right
L to R: Merriam Peak, Royce Peak, Feather Peak
Starting off from camp at Steelhead Lake. Summit of four gables is not in sight from here.
Beautiful clear deep lake.
Looking back along the shore. Our camp was in the cluster of trees in the center.
Lots of talus on this end of the lake.
Steelhead Lake shoreline.
We begin to climb up from Steelhead Lake on the eastern side.
Pilot Knob in the distance
Our plan is to take a Secor-described 'sandy chute' straight up to the plateau. We aim for something that looks doable.
Steelhead Lake from a bit higher up
Steelhead Pass and a small tarn. I had read a description of the climb that suggested taking Steelhead Pass and following the ridgeline. But that looks to be out of the way and we decide to take the direct steep chute on the way up.
The chute we decide to follow. The talus was loose so it was slow going.
Looking back down on the lakes of French Canyon. Steelhead, L, Moon, Elba, then Star, Puppet, paris, Alsace in the distance
French Canyon Lakes