Today's route - back down along the old JMT then up Upper Basin on the regular JMT. Just below Mather Pass we head cross country to Lake 3535 to base camp for Split Mtn.
David was kind enough to catch us breakfast.
Morning at our lake.
Camp was in those trees. We lingered this morning, fishing and enjoying the solitude, and didn't pack up and leave until around 10:30.
Looking back on our home for the past night. Can't wait to come back and get over the Pass.
The water here was so clean and clear.
Back down along the South Fork, crossing one of the three rock slides. Arrow Peak towers above.
Back down at the JMT's SoFo Kings crossing we stopped to enjoy the cold water for a while.
Back in familiar territory, hiking north along the JMT through Upper Basin. I think I did this last time in....2007? 2006? Something like that.
The Freeway of the JMT. Doesn't matter - this place is beautiful and I'm enjoying every minute of it. The trail through Upper Basin is a gentle and easy steady climb. It's really enjoyable.
Looking south from Upper Basin.
One of the many stream crossings. One of them had a dead deer about 50 ft upstream (poor guy looked like he had broken a leg and gotten stuck crossing the creek) - a reminder that even when water looks clean and clear it's still good to treat/filter it.
Getting above treeline - I love the views up here. One of my favorite stretches of the JMT.
Another creek crossing.
We'll cut to the right before we reach Mather Pass.
Split Mountain comes into view - tomorrow's goal.