The first photo I could take - we started out from camp by headlamp
Smoke was thick in the air this morning - I could smell it
The sun hits Mt Young
As we climb to Trail Crest I get a good look at the sun on the summit
Sun on Mt Young and Mt Hale
Sunrise reflection on Hitchcock Lake
Hikers on the switchbacks below
Looking back into the basin
The trail to the summit was amazing
Guitar Lake and Mt Young
Almost to the crest of the ridge
The trail junction - we'll drop our packs there and head up to the summit
Dave is just ahead of me
Dave on the Whitney trail
We moved fast - it was nice to have the packs off
Approaching the Summit Hut
Mt Whitney benchmark - I made it!
Looking North from the Whitney summit
South towards Langley
And East to Owen's Valley - holy cow, that's where all the smoke went!
Mt Whitney Summit views
The Smithsonian Hut
My GPS on the summit
A peek at Wales Lake
Dave heads down
Keeler Needle and the ridge
The ridge we hike along (mt langley in the background)
Along the trail
I loved the trail up to the summit - it is built creatively and the views are unbeatable
Where we came from yesterday
View East through a 'window'
The trail takes you right up to these peeks through the ridge
Dave on the trail
Yes, another window
The summit ridge
Dave on the trail ahead of me
Back to the junction
Lots more people showed up while we made our summit run - quite a collection of packs now!
Now it hits me that I'm almost done. :( 'Just' 8.7 miles back to the portal.
Of course, that 8.7 miles includes 5000 feet of descent. Ouch.
Last view to the west - Hitchcock Lake
Trail crest - it's time to start dropping.