Getting packed up at the trailhead.
Hmm...no listing for Mt Whitney!
The JMT-ers - John, Paige, and Taylor.
The whole group
About a mile in is a gorgeous crossing of the Lyell Fork with clear green pools
On the way back this made a perfect spot to dunk my head and cool down!
Bridge at crossing.
Bex crossing the bridge.
The John Muir Footbridge and Steve
One of the first open meadow views, with Mount Dana (2nd highest peak in Yose) in the distance
Green clear water of the Lyell fork
Looking up the canyon - before any of the big peaks come into view
I was dying to jump in all afternoon. When we got to camp, I did. Brrr!
Avalanche runout - I bet this place is beautiful in the winter
The Trail Guard
Perfect rest spot
In places the river cascaded over smooth granite slabs
One spot made for a perfect lunch break - and a nice opportunity to cool off the feet.
Lunch break location
Duane, Paige, Taylor enjoying the break
Duane was able to spend a few minutes fishing
View down canyon
Looking back down canyon toward Mt Conness
The wide meadow of Lyell Canyon
Looking down canyon
Finally some of the larger peaks at the end of the canyon come into view
Mountains from left to right: Rodgers, Lyell, and MacClure (behind tree)
David at camp
David's ID Bug liner as a makeshift rain shelter. Good thing it wasn't raining. :)
Taylor and Paige in the kitchen
View of Rodgers peak from the trail next to the campsite at Kuna Creek
Skeeters were bad
Evening fire to keep mosquitoes away.
Bugnet hats were useful, if a bit goofy.
Darkness falls in the canyon earlier than sunset
Lyell before sunset.
Kuna Creek at sunset
Pano of peaks
Kuna Creek as the shadow falls over the canyon