June in the high Sierra sees the start of the summer rush to get into the high country of Eastern California. Somehow, this year the crowds were late, maybe because of cooler weather, maybe graduations, maybe we just lucked out.
Eight months since a "real" trip to our favorite haunts, this time a chance to share it with close friends and very few others.
It's interesting how four days in the mountains can rejuvenate me.
Enjoy the images full screen if you want.
|First light on the Nose, El Cap
Under 2 hours, really?
|Long days start early, Yosemite Valley.
|Two cubs and their mom on the road into Yosemite, phone camera shot.
Hope they have a good year.
|Spring runoff in Tuolumne Meadows.
|The only two people on this high country trail.
|Lichen blooms as some areas are still coming out of Winter.
|Snowmelt rushes past Sierra birches.
|This trailhead holds a ton of memories.
|Sun Cups, 10,000 ft.
|The North Eastern Sierra volcanic rock is stunning against the snows.
|Checking the trail for passage, these packers will be back tomorrow with shovels .
|Higher up the snows hang on.
|Northeastern face of Mt. Abbot and Mt. Mills
|12,000 Mono Pass all to ourselves
|Yours truly with PR above the Silver Divide.
|The Silver Divide and Pioneer Basin
|Sheltered among the firs and pines, Mammoth Lakes
|Southeastern Sierra Foothills
|Lone Pine Peak, Mt. Whitney, and the scruffy dog.
|Alabama Hills shadows
|Four days in you start to relax a bit
|Guess who has the food...
|Late snows make for some perfect plant growth
|Some of these cacti had a hundred blossoms ready to go
|Lunch at the "Chalet", a Lone Pine original.