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.
Below Mather Pass the terrain turns rather moon-like.
Mather Pass is the low point in the center.
Still plenty of snow up here.
We cut off of the JMT and head cross-country about half a mile to our intended camp area. At this first lower lake we see some critters.
Beautiful small lakes and creeks through here, and still plenty of snow too.
It's getting late - we're looking forward to getting to camp. Should have started a little earlier than we did, but oh well.
Mather Pass from camp
Moonrise behind Split Mtn from camp
Our campsite at Lake 3535. Mather Pass is the low point in the distance.
Saddle between Prater and Split. Split on the right. We see a tiny snowpatch and are wondering if it will give us trouble tomorrow.
Split Mountain, the shadow profile of Mather Pass, and moonrise. This was a beautiful place!