Thanks to getting home fairly late on Wednesday and having a lot to do, I decided to make my Friday post a Saturday post this week. Then it slipped, so now it's a Sunday post. I like to keep my readers on their toes!
I spent August in the Sierra with my brother- and sister-in-law. I've shared the training hikes we did; this was the first of two backpacks, a 3-night trip up Pine Creek to Granite Park, with a dayhike to Pine Creek Pass. I'll let the photos mostly tell the tale.
|A crack of dawn start let us climb up out of the smoke before it was hot, anyway.|
|A couple of hours took us to the "real" mountain setting along Pine Creek.|
|Upper Pine Lake|
|Honeymoon Lake Camp #1|
Day 2 saw us completing the climb to Granite Park, a day with short mileage but more big climbing.
|Granite Park camp. Later I had to move from this spot, as it was too exposed to the winds that howled through with 30-40 mph gusts.|
|A persistent neighbor|
|The crack of dawn, smoke-colored|
|Yes, it was that cold.|
We returned to the camp at Honeymoon lake, then day hiked to Pine Creek Pass, turning an easy day into a long and tiring one.
|Pine Creek Pass, looking southeast|
|Honeymoon Lake sunrise|
|And what's a backpack without a great post-hike dinner?|