We kept our camp in the same place on Day 4 and chose to dayhike to some remote lakes. In the morning we went up to Nydiver Lakes, and after lunch we went up to Iceberg lake.
Map of the afternoon's dayhike up to Iceberg Lake.
But before the day's hiking could start, we had a yummy brookie breakfast courtesty of fisherman david.
Fresh brook trout with a bit of lemon pepper - beats oatmeal any day. :)
Our morning hike to Nydiver Lakes takes us out of the Shadow Creek drainage and up to the ridge. It was a steep climb so the views appeared quickly.
David on the rough trail to Nydiver. It exists and is mostly easy to follow, but it's hard to find unless you know where to look (like the Cabin Lake trail)
We eventually find the waterfall that drains out of Nydiver and pretty much follow it up to the lake.
Scrambling up the scree to a passage through the cliff walls.
The passage between the cliffs to Nydiver Lakes. Trail peters out before this point so it's just cross-country navigation from a bit before here.
Here comes Pavla
A preview of the views to come. Before seeing the lake, Banner Peak and Mt Ritter pop into view. Wow!
David is a bit ahead of us and is at the lake shore - Nydiver Lakes and Banner/RItter
Lower Nydiver and Ritter (left)/Banner (right)
Lower Nydiver and Banner Peak
Ritter, Banner, and lake outlet.
The top of the falls that drain into the meadows below.
Beautiful clear water in this lake!
Another Ritter/Banner shot.
Looking back on Lower Nydiver from the second lake.
Waterfall draining from the second Nydiver into the lower lake.
Second Nydiver Lake and Ritter/Banner
The Minarets from Second Nydiver
Still some snow up here.
David relaxes and enjoys the lakes. For a moment. Then he was up and scurrying around like usual.
David and Pavla walking back to the lower Lake.
Waterfall between the two lakes.
Pavla taking a swim.
Heading back down the chute. Pavla on the left for perspective.
Small wildflower - to be identified.
Waterfall with a nice swimming hole - would be nice to camp here. :)
Heading back down the rough trail to camp - MInarets in the distance.
Along Shadow Creek.
Trail through beautiful meadows and the Minarets in the distance.
Looking back on Lake Ediza
Yet another perspective on Ritter and Banner.
Wet meadows and flowing streams.
Minarets and meadows before Iceberg Lake
Outlet to Iceberg Lake
Iceberg Lake Icebergs
Pass to Cecile Lake