We start off early from camp to get back to Mineral King
Climbing towards Franklin Pass
A 1500 foot climb today followed by a 4500 foot descent.
So, normally passes are the low points between peaks (major or minor)
But no so much with Franklin 'pass'.
Rocks near the pass
A High sierra moonscape
Franklin 'pass' pretty much goes over a minor peak with low points on either side.
Moonscape near Franklin Pass
Florence Peak from approach to Franklin Pass
Looking back on the approach trail
That teeny tiny dot in the middle is Paige on the 'pass' (summit)
View down to a lower lake near Franklin Pass
Looking back down rattlesnake creek canyon.
An uninformative sign at Franklin Pass
Tulare Peak (red) from Franklin Pass
View towards some 'fourteeners' - whitney, langley, and others
View back down the pass trail from Franklin
Pavla takes in the view from Franklin Pass
Franklin Lakes far below
Hanging out with some other hikers at Franklin Pass
Packs at Franklin Pass
See the switchbacking trail?
Zoom in on trail down mountainside
Trail cutting across the mountainside
Upper franklin lake and tulare peak
Franklin Lake and dam
Towards the pass
Finally losing altitude as I work my way back down to mineral king
I'd love to come back to this area someday and explore the lakes
Heading down into Mineral King
Saying goodbye to the last wildflowers as I descend.
I can finally see down the canyon to the trailhead
Near farewell gap
"the hills are alive...."
Creek tumbling down from Franklin Lake Dam
Clouds forming again
It started sprinkling by noon, raining heavily over the backcountry an hour later. We timed our exit perfectly!
Mineral King civilization!
The last day's GPS track
11.27 miles, 1726' gain, 4093' loss