Twin Lakes to Mt. Whitney, including a SHR thru hike.
September 1-14, 2011 - ~250 miles
I have uploaded a video to youtube, and it isn’t a slide show. It actually has some walking and pans and info in it. There are also videos from other trips I have taken in the last couple years, such the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from earlier this summer.
Sierra High Route video
San Gabriel's youtube channel
I had little time to complete this trek due to work. My hope was Twin Lakes to Whitney but didn’t know if I would have time.
I caught the bus from Reno to Bridgeport, chatting with a PCT08 horsepacker named Mendorider who was coincidentally on the bus catching a ride back to his trailer. I received an insanely quick from Bridgeport all the way to Mono Village where all the fun began.
The first week had beautiful weather every day, sun, warmth, pleasant nights, and bug free! Every view was epic, every pass dramatic. Sky Pilot Col was a personal favorite, dropping off steeply on both sides.
Bench Canyon was definitely one of my favorite spots and Catherine Lake one of the more starkly beautiful high altitude lakes I have passed with Ritter and Banner towering overhead.
During my second week, the weather was less than pleasant, with thunderstorms every afternoon including a full on rainy foggy day on Sunday the 11th. But still the route was amazing
Grouse Lake, different place, same picture.
The area between Mather Pass and Road’s End feels remote. Marion lake, one of the more scenic lakes in this section, and on the whole trip, seemed unnaturally blue. My journey over Red, White, and Gray Passes was foggy, tough navigation but I made it through.
A quick trip to Whitney followed... which was awesome. It had snowed a few inches in the last few days so there was still a fresh layer. The clouds wafted by dramatically up top and the weather was once again pleasant on my decent. (east side...)
This trek has been on my list for a while. I was just waiting for a two week window, pretty much since I got home from my cycling trip in July.
A more complete summary of my trek can be found at trail journals:
Sierra High Route journal