John Muir Trail, August 2005

Day 3:
Lyell Canyon to Island Pass Lakes, over Donohue Pass.
12 Miles.

Ok, back on the actual JMT, and one of my favorite days of the trip.
Over the first pass, into the real alpine scenery, and lots of familiar landscape from Ansel Adams.

Lyell Canyon in the morning, looking north towards Tuolumne. 03-01-lyell

Having climbed up the headwaters of Lyell Canyon, looking back down.
The trail crosses the outlet of the lake and is visible in the meadow at center.

At the last lake before Donohue Pass, looking up to Mt. Lyell and Mt. Maclure. Some of that white up there are the first living glaciers discovered in the Sierra Nevada (by Muir). 03-04-lake

The first snow, climbing Donohue. 03-05-snow

Little lake at the top of Donohue Pass. 03-06-donie

Looking east from the top of Donohue Pass, into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Spikes on the left horizon is the Koip Crest. 03-08-horz

Camped at Island Pass Lakes, a fantastic spot. View of Mt. Davis. The saddle on the left is North Glacier Pass. 03-09-davis

Banner Peak (and Mt. Ritter peeking out behind it) from my campsite at East Island Pass Lake, North Glacier Pass is now the saddle on the right. 03-10-banner

Koip Crest from East Island Pass Lake. 03-11-koip

Banner Peak and my tarptent. 03-12-camp

Tarptent at East Island Pass Lake. I made this pitch in a torrential downpour, and some water is still visible on the tarp. By evening everything was all dried out. 03-13-camp

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