Spring flowers still remained but fall colors were starting to show.
Left: Interesting clouds to the west. Right: A shallow pool.
Spearhead and Long Lakes (Taken by Megan).
Wildflowers along the trail.
Left: Mount Agassiz, our final destination. Right: Gaining altitude quickly as we climb the switchbacks to Bishop Pass.
Looking back at the valley from Bishop Pass. Doesn't look quite as lush from afar.
Once we got over Bishop Pass, things looked pretty bleak, mostly just gray/brown rocks in all directions.
Starting the long and steep 2,000 foot vertical climb up Agassiz.
Megan climbing away as we gained more and more elevation, while still not feeling much closer to the top.
Left: Wondering how much further there is to go (Taken by Megan). Right: Megan taking a break, something we had to do quite frequently due to the altitude/steepness.
Still going (Taken by Megan).
Finally, the view from the top. It was an amazing thing to come over the final ridge and see these peaks before us. North Palisade is the high point at 14,242'.
Snow bowl and lake. It's hard to tell the scale since it was several thousand feet below us but I'm guessing that if there were a person on the shore they would hardly be visible in this shot. Based on measurements in Google Earth, I would estimate this lake to be about 150ft long, or half the length of a football field. You can see the lake in a different state (narrow but about 300ft long) on Google Maps.
Left: Me below the summit of Mount Agassiz (Taken by Megan). Right: The view from where I was standing.
This should give you some idea of what we were up against except this only shows about 40 of the 2,000 vertical feet of rock we climbed over (Taken by Megan). For a point of reference, you should be able to spot the large rock in the upper right corner of this picture in the previous picture of the summit (it's just above center).
Me (the white splotch) on the summit (Taken by Megan).
The view east. On the left are Second, Third, and Sam Mack Lakes.
We were there.
Mount Sill and the valley below the glaciers. The far glacier is the Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in North America and the largest in the Sierras.
Heading back down (Taken by Megan).
Left: The shadowy valley far below. Picture Puzzle is the peak on the right. Right: The lakes.
Once down the steep slopes of Agassiz, we took a Clif Bar break and filtered some water from a snow melt pool. Then we made our way back to Bishop Pass, down the switchbacks, and onto the more gradual but long trail back to the car.
Loking back at Mount Agassiz, the tallest peak shown here. The route we took up is the far right chute that has snow in it.
Megan leading the long hike back to the car.
Another shot of Mount Agassiz, hours earlier we were on top of it.
Left: Chocolate Peak. Right: Evening setting in at South Lake.
The view from near the top of Mount Agassiz.
Lake Tahoe, California
August 17 - 19, 2012
Hiking Maggies Peaks near Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.
August 11 - 26, 2012
From San Diego to Yosemite to Lake Tahoe.
Mono Lake, California
August 5, 2010
Checking out the south side of Mono Lake.
Thousand Island Lake, California
September 3, 2006
Hiking to Thousand Island and Garnet Lakes in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, starting from Agnew Meadows.
Eastern Sierra, California
July 24, 2006
Hiking to Treasure Lakes in the Little Lakes Valley near Bishop/Mammoth Lakes, and driving south along the Eastern Sierra.
Mammoth Mountain, California
March 21 - 23, 2006
Skiing Mammoth Mountain and driving Highway 395 back to San Diego.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California
January 24 - 29, 2006
Skiing some of the resorts around Lake Tahoe (Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak).
Tenaya Canyon, California
August 16, 2012
Hiking from Tenaya Lake to the top of Pywiack Cascade in Yosemite National Park.
August 5, 2010
Passing through Yosemite and enjoying some sights along the way.
Little Lakes Valley, California
August 4, 2010
Hiking through Little Lakes Valley in the Eastern Sierra.
Mount Agassiz, California
September 2, 2006
Hiking to the summit of Mount Agassiz in the Bishop Creek area, starting from the South Lake trailhead.
July 23, 2006
Checking out Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, and driving over Tioga Pass.
March 18 - 20, 2006
Camping in Yosemite, skiing to Glacier Point, and exploring the valley.