On our way into Mineral King we couldn't resist stopping at Silver City for PIE. Mmmm. This is nectarine blueberry with an almond ginger crust.
My full lunch. Perfect fuel for a big afternoon hike.
Starting off from the trailhead. Timber Gap in the trees on the ridge.
We're heading towards Timber Gap but get a quick peek towards Sawtooth Peak and Pass - we'll be passing over them in a few days.
Trail to Timber Gap
Pavla coming up the trail
Timber Gap is in the trees, a nice and gently graded pass.
Flowery terrain and a creek below Timber Gap and Empire Mountain
View south into Mineral King from the trail. Low point on the ridge is Farewell Gap.
Cliff Creek - trail is a bit overgrown but there are beautiful flowers.
So many flowers!
The trail opens up to some really rocky terrain
We are still heading up. 3000+ feet of climbing on the first day, wheeee.
David on the rocky terrain below Pinto Lake
Pinto Lake drainage
Camp near Pinto Lake
Ittttty bitty frog that visited us in camp on Saturday morning.
The evil deer invaded camp and chewed on some trekking pole straps overnight. They left mine alone - they were new so not saturated with salt yet.
Trail by Pinto Lake - it was easy to lose it through here. About ankle-deep water and mud. Once past the marshy area it was clear-going again.
We start the climb up to Black Rock Pass, a 3000 ft slog that is made bearable by the incredible views.
Pavla on the trail
Looking back towards the camp area (in the trees) and pinto lake (on the right of the bench)
Some kind of orchid?
Leaving the last set of trees and starting up the last 2000 ft to Black Rock Pass
Black Rock Pass slog. Good thing I had the nice views to stop (frequently) and enjoy
looking towards the series of lakes Spring, Cyclamen and Columbine. Spring is the big one visible in this photo.
black rock passsping lake
Sawtooth Peak - we'll be passing by it in two days after we circle by the Little and Big Five lakes.