First stretch of the day - Lake Marjorie campsite to the middle of Upper Basin
The Lake Marjorie Marmot - I hear he's famous
This furry dude was our campsite guard - he perched on his rock here and kept a close eye on us.
What's with the staring contest, furball?
We hit the trail - way ahead of us we see Upper Basin and Mather Pass.
The first stream crossing where I had to switch to my Waldies
I eventually gave up trying to keep my feet dry and just walked across streams
A granite spire peaks out from the trees as we begin our climb toward Mather Pass.
Once again we parallel a creek.
But this time the moquitoes are munching on us - I'm really glad we didn't camp here.
Split Mountain comes into view
Looking back down the King's River (and the slopes of Cardinal Mountain)
Leg 2 - up Upper Basin.
Still climbing - unnamed granite dome.
Looking back down Upper Basin
in the distance is the basin where we'd camped at Lake Marjorie the night before.
Upper Basin views.
Is that it? Is the pass coming into view?
Our lunch stop.
It would have been lovely if the moquitoes weren't lunching on us at the same time.
The last stretch of the day.
We were spread apart at this point, and we both talked to a guy on the way down who was...umm...a bit surly and discouraging.
Hurray! The notch on the left is the pass.
Now where does that trail go?
Climbing to Mather Pass
The trail switchbacks above the snow field, to the left of the pass, but first we have to climb toward the right of the pass and take a long switchback across the face.
On the Mather Pass switchbacks.
Looking down on the snow field. It was a steep chute - I'm glad the snow has melted enough that the trail is usable.
Looking down on the switchbacks to Mather Pass, about 2/3 of the way up them.
View of the ridge to the west from Mather Pass.
Views from mather pass.
This was my favorite of the passes, scenery-wise
Looking back into Upper Basin from Mather Pass.
Ridge to the west of Mather Pass.
Paige enjoys the views to the north
that is the first Palisade Lake, we plan to camp at the far end of the second Palisade Lake (not visibile yet)
Taylor and views to the northeast from Mather Pass.
Unnamed lakes and peaks north of Mather Pass.
Dissappointment Peak, behind Palisade Lakes.
Patterns in the granite.
Looking back to Mather Pass as we descend.
Waterfall originating from the lakes below Mt Bolton Brown.
The First Palisade lake and Disappointment Peak
Fresh water flows as we get back into the vegitation.
The inlet to the lower palisade lake.
Palisade Lake Inlet - patterns in the sediment.
The Lower Palisade Lake
we plan on camping at the end on the right.
A waterfall behind camp.
Looking southwest toward our campsite.
Tomorrow we'll head down the Golden Staircase into the canyon below
from our campsite it looks like the trail just drops off at the end of the lake.
Home sweet home at Palisade Lake. My Tarptent Cloudburst and laundry.