Early morning on the trail - wildflowers line the way
A short while after leaving camp, I start getting up close to the Cathedral Range
The trail to Donohue Pass goes by some beautiful alpine lakes
Mary makes the Donohue stream crossing
Plenty low this year - no high water worries
The trail climbs to the right of this photo and crosses to the left above the bench
Looking back at the trail/lake once I've climbed a bit
Surprising amount of water up here - this 'waterfall' is the trail!
Cascade below Donohue Pass
Mtns Lyell and Maclure, with glaciers
Get a good look - who knows how many more years these glaciers will be around.
About 600 feet below Donohue pass I come across another beautiful alpine lake
Incredibly clear with a turquoise tint, glacier fed.
Lake and Mt Lyell
Zoom in toward Lyell and Maclure
Steps to nowhere....
Actually, they are climbing towards Donohue Pass
Alpine meadow below Donohue Pass
Getting there - only a few hundred more feet to climb.
Tarn at Donohue Pass
Drying out, but there was still water available
Anna Marie and Mary fly over the pass
And the boundary between Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness
Michael and Andrea rest at the Pass
After a short descent through rocks, the trail once again parallels beautiful alpine terrain
A new view - the Ritter Range.
From left to right: Banner Peak, Mt Ritter, at Mt Davis
We met a pack train at Rush Creek
Anna Marie takes the 'hiker trail' while the horses pee in the water.
After passing over the unimpressive Island Pass, we descend to Thousand Island Lake ('Special Sauce Lake')
Banner Peak looms to the Southwest.
Banner Peak from above Thousand Island Lake
It was incredibly windy - we hunkered down behind boulders to stay out of it while having a snack.
But no less scenic - what a beautiful place!
Emerald Lake - a bit out of the wind and warmer than Thousand Island Lake
Ruby Lake - next time through, I want to camp here. It was a stunning lake completely out of the wind.
But, we decided to go on to Garnet Lake. Garnet was nice, but way too windy.
The beautiful Ruby Lake