Mono Pass is out of view for most of the trail, and you come around a curve and see this. The first time I hiked up here I thought that was the pass. Nope, it's a gentle slope further to the right and out of view.
Looking back from near Mono Pass.
I was surprised to find a snow field still hanging on at Mono Pass.
First peek at Mt Starr. I'll head up there.
You can see a use trail heading up Mt Starr, but it quickly deteriorates and disappears.
Looking back on the tarn at Mono Pass
The only polemonium I saw on the peak (sky pilot)
Close up. mmmm they smell so good!
A peek into pioneer basin.
Looking across mono Pass to Mono Pass peak.
Little Lakes Valley far below. David and Thor are fishing down there.
On the summit ridge. I couldn't figure out which pile of rocks was the summit so I crawled over all of them.
Some peak labels from the top of Starr. None on my 'climbed' list yet - there are always more to do!
Did Morgan two years ago - a really nice climb!
Lots more to do this way too! I loved Baldwin, and hope to get Morrison later this summer.
I peeked down the E side of Starr and decided that I could bomb down one of the sandy chutes back to the Little Lakes Valley trail below.
Heading down this side of Starr was a lot of fun, like a dune.
I head to the top of the wide sandy chute.
From here I have the option of dropping into a couple of different chutes. I pick the one to the left of the little bump on this sandy plateau.
No pics from the descent - it was steep but fun to run down the sand! Then I hit the cliff band. I had to do a lot of chimney squeezes and scrambles to get through. This is looking back up one section I just descended.
I grabbed this picture from our climb up Morgan in 2012 and drew a line on my descent chute. It worked with a bit of scrambling.