Lyell Canyon
Lyell Canyon
Thousand Island Lake
Thousand Island Lake
Thousand Island Lake
Thousand Island Lake
Marie Lake
Marie Lake
Chief Lake
Chief Lake
Chief Lake
Chief Lake
Muir Pass
Muir Pass
Mt. Perkins
Mt. Perkins
Lake 12,250
Lake 12,250
Forester Pass
Forester Pass
Mt. Whitney Summit
Mt. Whitney Summit
Trail Crest
Trail Crest
Lyell Canyon
Lyell CanyonThe approach to Donohue Pass includes pristine creek crossings and snow-covered peaks, even in the dead of summer in the dry Sierra. 
Thousand Island Lake
Thousand Island LakeThe first night's camp at Thousand Island Lake provides the first truly impressive vista on the John Muir Trail. 
Thousand Island Lake
Thousand Island LakeSo named for the many islands dotting its surface...
Marie Lake
Marie LakeMornings are tranquil: reflections on alpine lakes, gentle sunlight peaking over mountaintops, and silence as the other thru-hikers prefer to sleep in. 
Chief Lake
Chief LakeDespite how popular the trail is, there are always places one can find solitude. These are some of the few hikers we saw after Tully Hole.
Chief Lake
Chief LakeThe little things: this small tarn in front of Chief Lake was one of the highlights of the entire thru hike. 
Muir Pass
Muir PassTwelve thousand feet above sea level sounds enormous, but the reality is Muir Pass feels much more like a flat hill than a steep mountain pass. 
Mt. Perkins
Mt. PerkinsBelow Pinchot Pass, a series of small tarns makes sunrise a real treat. Mt. Perkins looms prominently in the background.
Lake 12,250
Lake 12,250It's tempting to cool off from the intense Sierra heat by diving into the plentiful alpine lakes, but don't be fooled: Mid-day temperatures range from 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Forester Pass
Forester PassForester Pass is the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail at 13,153 ft, dividing the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Sunrise from this high up is necessarily magnificent.
Mt. Whitney Summit
Mt. Whitney SummitThe ritual: waking up at midnight with all of the other thru-hikers, and making the trek from Guitar Lake to Whitney Summit. Witnessing a sunrise from atop the highest point in the lower 48 is a special treat.
Trail Crest
Trail CrestThe final slog up to Whitney Summit is punctuated by gaps along the ridgeline, where eastward views towards Lone Pine are possible through the narrow granite "windows."
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