An early morning start from Garnet Lake - Ritter and Banner at Sunrise
Ritter and Banner (and Garnet Lake) a little after sunrise
We met up at Michael, Kerry, and Andrea's camp
Andrea got her ankle taped up for the long hike to Red's Meadow
Garnet Lake and Ritter/Banner
Nope, not bored of the view yet!
Bridge at the Garnent Lake Outlet
Some friends said they were nearly blown off of this bridge the previous day!
Saying goodbye to the views of Banner and Ritter
But new views soon take their place.
There is rarely a lack of scenery on the JMT
The next treat - Shadow Creek
If it hadn't been so early in the day I would have jumped in at about 5 different spots
More of Shadow Creek
No camping allowed along this creek or at Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake is tucked in the valley below.
More of the creek.
Carved trail sign.
Fireweed at the bridge by Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake Bridge
Starting to climb up the ridge south of Shadow Lake
And a short while later I'm at Rosalie Lake, another nice spot.
Cool fallen trees over the trail
A deer checks me out near Trinity lakes
A very typical JMT 'bridge' - a log or two with the upper sides carved flat.
Getting closer to civilization (and tourists!)
Bridge to Devil's Postpile
Cool rock formation, and I'm not even at the Postpile yet.
There were lots of families/tourists giving me a funny look as I plowed down the trail with my dusty legs and pack.
A very awesome columnar basalt formation
'Backpacker's Camp' at Red's Meadow
Just three campsites tightly squeezed together in the regular campground - bur right next to the hot spring showers, so it wasn't too bad!
Home sweet home - me and 20 other backpackers