We're getting a bit lower in elevation now and the snow has had some time to melt. The sun is coming out more and hitting the Evolution Range.
Mt Huxley and what is that? BLUE SKY
There was less snow down here.
We catch up with David, who is happily fishing the stream below Sapphire Lake.
Mt Huxley and the clearing storms. Blue sky over Goddard Divide now.
Wet and slushy trail. Here we started running into a lot of JMT hikers that had hunkered down for the storm and were now miserably trudging up towards the pass.
As the storm cleared and the sun hit everything the colors became so bright and crisp.
Between Evolution and Sapphire Lakes
South end of Evolution Lake
Sunlight and Evolution Lake
Looking back up Evolution Lake with Goddard Divide in the distance
The John Muir Trail
Huxley and Goddard Divide
Huxley and warm sunlight. No more snow!
Evolution Lake, Mt Huxley
Back at camp the drainage from Evolution Lake/Basin into the Valley below is rushing with the new snowmelt and rain.
This is one of my favorite campsites in the sierra - three nights in a row at incredible spots. Perfect!
The top of Evolution Creek.
David takes in the view
Looking down the waterfall to Evolution Valley and the Creek below. We'll be heading that way tomorrow.
Camp below Mt Mendel
Camp - notice everything laid out to dry. :)
Mt Mendel and Darwin
Looking back up Evolution Basin
Both times I've been here, the sunset has been absolutely incredible. One of my favorite places to experience a night in the Sierra.
Our dinner kept getting interrupted as the colors would change and we'd all pop up to snap more pictures.
On the other side of the sunlit ridge is Darwin Bench, where we stayed last night.
Sunset on The Hermit
Evolution Creek 1000 feet below us
Looking toward Glacier Divide - we'll be looping around the other side of that ridge in two days
Last sunbeams of the day. I'm glad to head to bed - what a long day!