Rattlesnake Creek, Kern Canyon, and Little Five Lakes 2015

Spring Lake to Monarch Lakes

Friday, August 28, 2015

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No smoke at all today!  We followed two of the amphibian researchers over Glacier Pass as they were headed out that way too.  We have one more day though, so we connected with the Sawtooth Pass trail and headed to Monarch Lakes for the night.  A mama deer and her fawn were hanging out near our campsite, they didn't seem to concerned with us although the fawn was a bit skittish.

Journal Entry:  Woke to clouds and no smoke!  Good use trail from Spring Lake to Glacier Pass.  Class 3 section really short and right near the top, no problem!  Arrived at the pass around 10:30, stayed till noon.  Short downhill from there to Monarch Lake, lost the trail a couple of times.  Got here around 1:30, still no smoke!  No shade here either but passing clouds provide some from time to time.  Tomorrow we head down 3 miles, 2500 ft. to the trailhead!

Spring Lake in clear morning

  slope to Glacier Pass

Spring Lake from above

Glacier Pass, north side

Glacier Pass, north side
route goes up diagonally from the left to the right

starting the last section on the left side of the pass

short class 3 section

view to the east from the pass,
Kaweah range peeking over

shortcut slope back to Mineral King from
Glacier Pass

Empire Mountain west of pass

view toward Mineral King

Mineral Peak over Monarch Lakes

Lower Monarch Lake

fawn near our campsite

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