Soft volanic terrain is the theme of miles 1-5 today
Sandy trail through the woods.
Occasional views of the SIlver Divide pop through the trees
Anna Marie knocks on a Keebler Elf house.
Looking toward Silver Pass
We will camp in the end of that valley tonight.
More sierra views.
No, it doesn't get old.
We catch up with Michael and Kerry who left a few minutes before us
Rock shapes near Duck Creek
Trail out of Duck Creek
Back towards where we came from
Looking back toward the Ritter Range/Eastern Yosemite
The views get even better as we drop towards Purple Lake.
Michael takes a swim
Mountain ridges around Purple Lake
The rock around here was colorful
Now it's over the ridge to Virginia Lake
Giant piles of jumbled boulders the size of SUVs line the way
Here comes the group.
We stopped for about 90 minutes to swim and lay on the rocks like lizards
The Silver Divide looms nearby
I think the red peak in the distance is Bloody Mountain?
View of Virginia Lake as we leave.
Flat sandy trail
Just before dropping into Tully Hole the eastern half of the Silver Divide shows itself off
The back side of Mt Baldwin, one of the most colorful and scenic sierra peaks
1000 feet below us is Tully Hole - a beautiful green meadow with a snaking creek
Mary on the switchbacks ahead.
Getting lower - but many switchbacks left!
Looking down on the switchbacks
We walk another mile down cascade valley
This is a beautiful canyon of running water
Here comes Kerry, happy to be near camp
At the cascade valley bridge
Michael celebrates being near camp
My Campsite in Cascade Valley
Evening on fish creek