Water under the first bridge, crossing Bubbs Creek, where the trail begins its climb. I'm about a mile from the trailhead at Road's End, in King's Canyon National Park, (near Sequoia National Park), in the Southern Sierras. When I take off, there's a 40% chance of rain, but the day is warm and the sky clear. (This is a solo trip, so in there are no people in the photos).
Willows along the trail.
Day 2. Things starting to get a little strange. But no large white rabbits anywhere around.
In the Throne Room of the Mountain Dogs.
Off trail now, and gaining altitude rapidly toward Sphinx Lakes.
A camp engineer's dream! At the lake, the rock is fractured in perfect blocks.
Fog is starting to gather, and the temperature begins to drop as evening comes on. Unknown to me, the 40% chance of rain has changed to a 90% chance of snow.
One of the peaks near Mt. Brewer.
Rain begins to fall at 11 PM, quickly turning to snow. It snows all night long, but luckily the wind, which sounds quite fierce, stays well above my tent. Day 3.
The SMD Gatewood Cape bravely holds off the elements throughout the night. Notice the extremely oblique angle of the hiking pole in the tent--I've since gotten some adjustable poles from Gossamer Gear, which look great, and should be much easier to use as tent poles.
Our friend at altitude, the WhiteBark Pine. A break in the snow. Snow continues falling till about 1 in the afternoon.
The second of the two largest Sphinx Lakes. In the background is the ramp which leads eventually to Mt. Brewer.
Afternoon, and the snow has stopped; heavy fogs form, vanish, and re-form. During one extremely heavy fog, a large avalanche can be heard from a nearby cliff, going on forever, but one can't see any of it.
Grasses near the lake's edge.
Now on the way back, day 4. A consequence of poor route finding--one of many boulder fields to cross.
But at the end of the boulder field, a small, beautiful Aspen Grove.
And this is my last photo. The camera, which my son had given me, is still new to me, and I've somehow switched into video mode without realizing it.