6am to 5:20pm.
Moraine Lake to Bearpaw Meadow.
Early this morning it became obvious why the High Sierra Trail is such a popular hike and why all the people going the other direction were giving it a 2 thumbs up.
The views opened up to miles and miles of granite, wonderful meadows and lakes I never wanted to leave.
Kaweah Gap was gorgeous.
Precipice Lake was spectacular and we all wished we were there any time but midday for better lighting.
The trail down to Hamilton Lake was a total engineering marvel complete with a tunnel blasted thru the granite.
Once we got to Hamilton Lake I had to jump in. The bottom was slimy and slippery so it took a bit of balancing to avoid getting completely wet before I was ready. The hot granite slabs were just what I needed to warm up.
We got to Bearpaw Meadows High Sierra Camp and were told we could get a beer and brownie. Awesome. We went to the campground, set up tents and returned for a beer in the most spectacular setting imaginable. And we could have gotten dinner if we had given them 24 hour notice.
The campsite isn’t anything special and I didn’t even take a photo of it.