Andy, Jonathan, and Bob spent 5 days in the Sierras along the Ritter Range. We had planned to follow the High Route over North Glacier Pass, north of Banner Peak, but were turned back at Cecile Lake by dangerous snowbanks leading directly into freezing water. Our revised itinerary:
Day 1: Depart from Devils Postpile, camp at Superior Lake (not to be compared to Lake Superior)
Day 2: Cross country over Nancy Pass, following the High Route to Cecile Lake, via Minaret Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the Sierras, especially this year, when it was unusually green from double the usual snowfall last winter.
Day 3: North on the John Muir Trail
Day 4: On to Thousand Island Lake, another candidate for most beautiful spot
Day 5: Out to Agnew Meadows
The weather was windy and cold, but we did not see a single cloud on the entire trip.
Unusual snowbanks in September, following a snowy winter
The team--Andy (red hat), Bob, Jonathan
The Minarets from Minaret Lake
Minaret Lake from the trail down from Cecile Lake
Minaret Lake in the morning
The last Minaret from Minaret Lake
One of the 1000 islands...
View from Nancy Pass
The Ritter Range
The Minarets from Cecile Lake
Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak from 1000 Island Lake
Looking north over the east end of 1000 Island Lake
Notes and photos from places around the world that have villages, ruins, and good food. And $35 hotels... Also, wilderness 4x4 camping and backpacking.