Track of today's hike through Big Arroyo
11.7 miles, 1432' gain, 2443' loss
In the morning Precipice looked entirely different.
The colors in the lake are just unreal.
We weren't even at the lake during the peak color in midday, but it was still a treat.
Paige, turn the camera the other way!
Can't get enough.
Our campsites (camprocks?) are in the jumble on the right.
Look carefully and see Steve!
I could watch the colors in this lake change all day.
I'm so glad to finally get here, I've wanted to see it ever since I started backpacking.
A peek at the glaciers above the lake.
Last shot, I promise.
We leave Precipice and climb the short ascent to Kaweah Gap.
Okay, I lied. One last look back at Precipice.
Common Name: Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Location: Kaweah Gap, Sequoia National park
Date: August 12, 2008
Fragile meadows below Kaweah Gap
Small unnamed lake below the Gap.
Approaching Kaweah Gap
Looking back, Precipice is in that shadowed bowl.
View from Kaweah Gap.
We've just crossed the Great Western Divide. Water on this side drains into the Great Basin instead of towards the Pacific
A plaque at the Gap in honor of Col. Stewart, founder of the National Park.
Paige and David take in the view of Big Arroyo
The east side of the Great Western Divide
Looking back up Big Arroyo as we descend
Water cascades in Big Arroyo
Great Western Divide from the east.
Looking back towards the Gap.
A nice pool along Big Arroyo for foot soaking and fishing!
The sky is deep blue again today.
Great Western Divide as seen from the climb out of Big Arroyo.
Lippincott and other divide peaks.
Never get sick of views along here.
As steve said, "this trail definitely doesn't suck"
I love the knarly trees at this altitude.
Shade break after today's climb out of Big Arroyo.
This is a lake on the map, but it's in the process of drying up.
Don't count on water here - fill up on the stream crossings while climbing out of Big Arroyo.
Last view before heading over the ridge out of Big Arroyo
Meadows along Chagoopa Plateau
View towards Lost Canyon
Camp at Moraine Lake
It's laundry day!
Relaxing around the campfire
David whittles....an earplug?
paige the photographer
Sunset at Moraine Lake
Last light at Moraine Lake
Pavla and Paige toast with their Rum