Up and over Muir Pass.
Yep, you guessed it, more cascades. The entire hike up the pass was full of scenic falls.
Climbing toward the pass.
Waterfall and streaked rock - the trail is the horizontal band of black in the rock to the right - it was blasted out of the rock.
Looking back down LeConte Canyon.
Waterfall from the top
And the next
The trail followed right along the river for a while - a constant source of beautiful waterfall views!
Paige and Taylor at a stream crossing.
I think this is a Mountain Yellow Legged Frog - this little dude is endangered.
One of the many unnamed lakes east of Muir Pass.
Name: Alpine Heather (Cassiope Mertensiana)
Location: Below Muir Pass
Date: August 11, 2006
Pollywogs and tadpoles!
More stream crossings.
Another turquoise lake (getting so boring, isn't it?)
Reaching some snow
At this point we were starting to encounter snowfields - they would be regular until Muir Pass
Unnamed lake and snowfields.
First snow crossing
none of them were difficult, but they made the going a bit slower and we had to be careful not to lose the trail.
Is that an iceberg!?
Helen Lake - they were breaking off of a snowfield and floating by our lunch stop.
Lunch break at the outlet of Helen Lake.
So THAT's where they were coming from!
We're above the tree line now - and will be for most of the rest of the day.
fortunately we had footprints to follow and didn't have to break trail through any of it.
Only a few switchbacks on the relatively gentle approach to Muir Pass.
Looking back on Helen Lake.
Paige and Taylor climb the switchbacks.
Still some ice on that tiny lake.
It's the Muir Hut!
Inside the Muir Hut
Looks like a beehive
(this is looking up toward the ceiling from the inside)
The hut from the outside
Backside of muir hut
Looking down toward Evolution Basin - a moonscape with lakes.
After relaxing in the hut for a while, we head down into Evolution Basin.
It was completely barren, yet beautiful.
The lakes were so blue, reflecting the sky and contrasting with the granite.