Minarets and Ritter Range 2010

Thousand Island Lake to High Trail

Friday, September 3, 2010

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The morning brought superb reflections into calm Thousand Island Lake, makes for great pictures!  Back on trail today, now for the rest of the trip.  It was nice to get a far-away view of the area we had traversed over the last week, with the Minarets, Mt. Ritter, and Banner Peak panoramic views most of the way!  Creeks crossed the High Trail from time to time, and we desired a camp across the valley from Shadow Lake.  We picked up water at a spring below the trail, then hiked another ¼ mile or so to an area where we could camp.  The views from this campsite were awesome!


Journal Entry: Early sun this morning—headed out to the outlet of Thousand Island Lake, then on the PCT south.  Stopped at Badger Lakes and went up a dome south of the large lake for an awesome view down the river valley!  The High Trail has panoramic views most of the way, with a few creeks crossing the trail for water.  Camping across from Shadow Lake in some trees just past a spring below the trail.  Smoke from an apparent fire is making views to the south hazy.  Tomorrow we head down to Agnew Meadows, about 3 miles on trail.


Banner Peak reflected in Thousand Island Lake

Banner Peak


JMT/PCT junction trail sign

outlet of Thousand Island Lake


Banner Peak over largest Badger Lake

Middle Fork San Joaquin River valley

view south from south of Badger Lakes


this formation similar to Devils Postpile is right on the High Trail

Panoramic view from High Trail

Minarets, Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak


Minarets, Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak

Minarets above Shadow Lake


zoom in on Shadow Lake

Minarets over Shadow Lake, silhouette at dusk


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