Pavla at the grazing gate in Vidette Meadow
Bubbs creek cascades
As we climb out of Vidette we start to get some views towards the pass.
Looking back down Vidette from near the tree line.
Climbing out of the trees.
Looking back down vidette from a bit higher.
Looking towards Mt Stanford
Small waterfalls dropping over the cliff.
Zoomer on the waterfalls.
We're out of the forest environment and passing through alpine meadows and lakes.
Unnamed lake on the way to Forester Pass.
We quickly pass through the meadows and are soon among rock.
Another high alpine lake on the way to forester.
Finally Forester is in view - the low point in the middle of the photo.
A high green tarn.
Forester is hard to spot if you don't know where the trail goes.
Climbing to Forester.
A higher tarn.
Looking down on the top of the meadows.
A deep turquoise tarn on the way to the pass. When we passed by again later in the week it was even dryer.
Getting closer to the pass. The trail contours along the slope and then switchbacks up to the pass.
Looking back on the small tarn.
The very distinctive Junction Peak above the highest unnamed lake. (Lake 3685)
At Lake 3685, the last place to fill water before the pass. Forester pass is the notch above.
The water here is among the clearest you'll find in the Sierra.
Our brief rest stop before the final push to the summit.
Resting up for the final bit of the climb.
Ascending out of the last lake, Junction peak in the distance.
Trail and little poofy clouds.
Looking back down the way we came.
Junction Peak and trail.
Looking down on the Upper Lake and Junction Peak.
Forester isn't easy for a Day 2 pass with a full pack, but the views more than balance out the effort!
Getting closer to the pass (notch on right)
Junction Peak is really impressive from this side.
We were fortunate with weather on our trip. The clouds never got much more threatening than this.
I took way too many pictures of this lake...
Pavla approaching the final switchbacks.
Only a few hundred feet to go.
Looking up on the pass from the bottom of the final set of switchbacks.