The first half of the hike is along the Elizabeth Lake trail. When we emerge from the trees we get this great view of Unicorn Peak.
Walking along the meadows near Elizabeth Lake.
Near Elizabeth Lake
In the other direction we get our first view of Johnson Peak. It doesn't look very spectacular from here but that will soon change.
We leave the trails that wander through the meadows and head up the steep slope through the woods.
Eventually we get out of the duff and find some granite. It gets a bit slabby which makes for some great walking.
Climbing a bit higher, and we get out of the trees and into better views.
Johnson peak is closer now, and the slabby granite slopes are nice looking. I don't like all the bushes though.
We get to a bench about 400 ft below the summit. It's gorgeous!
Now we are getting some nice views in the other direction too.
We climb up a small chute to the next tier of the bench below the summit.
Echo and Unicorn Peaks
Ooooh slabby goodness.
There are a couple of pretty lakes on the bench. Matthes crest makes a nice backdrop.
The slabs are perfect for walking, and down here we can dodge the bushes easily. We circle around the peak to avoid the bushes up high.
One of the higher lakes. Pretty!
The other upper lake.
White Mountain Heather
Nice terrain, perfect rock hopping and slab walking.
Looking down as we climb up the peak.
Wild mountain dance attack!
We contour around to the pass on the south end of the peak to avoid the thicker brush. From here we turn north up the ridge to the summit.
There is enough rock to avoid bushes so far.
Time to put the poles away and use hands. The terrain is quite straightforward but the rock hopping is easier in '4WD'
Humph. Bushes are getting thicker.
And harder to avoid.
Looking down on the pass that we are coming up from.
Cori on the summit block, Robin is almost there.
The final few steps.