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Camp east of lamarck Col
A 5 day hike with a mix of trail and cross country in the Sierra Nevada mountains - starting from the North Lakes trailhead above the town of Bishop we crossed Piute Pass on trail then headed cross country northwards following the Sierra High Route. We left the SHR near Lake Italy picking up the John Muir Trail southwards before completing the loop past Darwin Lakes and Lamarck Col. A great trip full of contrast!
Overview map starting from North Lake west of the town of Bishop
Overview map starting from North Lake west of the town of Bishop
North Lake trailhead 9th September 2019
North Lake trailhead 9th September 2019
Heading up through the trees on good trail towards Piute Pass
Heading up through the trees on good trail towards Piute Pass
Trail to Piute Pass as it ascends nicely above the treeline
Trail to Piute Pass as it ascends nicely above the treeline
Passing by Piute Lakes
Passing by Piute Lakes
Over the top of Piute Pass we head cross country following the Sierra High Route northwards towards Puppet Pass
Over the top of Piute Pass we head cross country following the Sierra High Route northwards towards Puppet Pass
Easy hiking thru boulder meadows towards Puppet Pass
Easy hiking thru boulder meadows towards Puppet Pass
Mount Humphreys behind
Mount Humphreys behind
Skirting Lower Desolation Lakes
Skirting Lower Desolation Lakes
Looking back south to glacier divide
Looking back south to glacier divide
At Puppet Pass looking north west
At Puppet Pass looking north west
Down in Puppet Lakes basin looking north west
Down in Puppet Lakes basin looking north west
September 2019 Sierra -Camp near Elba Lake
September 2019 Sierra -Camp near Elba Lake
Day 2 10th September 2019 Leaving camp at Elba Lake
Day 2 10th September 2019 Leaving camp at Elba Lake
Across to Merriam Peak over French Canyon - An alternative to the Sierra High Route goes up to right of waterfall
Across to Merriam Peak over French Canyon - An alternative to the Sierra High Route goes up to right of waterfall
Down French Canyon back on trail for a short while in freezing morning air
Down French Canyon back on trail for a short while in freezing morning air
French Canyon -frosty morning
French Canyon -frosty morning
We headed north from French Canyon on the Sierra High Route up to Merriam Lake
We headed north from French Canyon on the Sierra High Route up to Merriam Lake
Above Merriam Lake on easy cross country hiking through cool scenery
Above Merriam Lake on easy cross country hiking through cool scenery
Boulder hopping round La Salle Lake
Boulder hopping round La Salle Lake
Some ice above La Salle Lake
Some ice above La Salle Lake
Above La Salle Lake hiking rough granite slabs
Above La Salle Lake hiking rough granite slabs
We reached Feather Pass easily and a snow patch on the north side made the descent a bit easier than boulder hopping
We reached Feather Pass easily and a snow patch on the north side made the descent a bit easier than boulder hopping
Passing the 'feathers' of Feather Pass and entering the 'Bear Lakes' area - no sign of bears though!
Passing the 'feathers' of Feather Pass and entering the 'Bear Lakes' area - no sign of bears though!
Back to Feather Pass at Bearpaw Lake
Back to Feather Pass at Bearpaw Lake
Below Black Bear Lake
Below Black Bear Lake
Below Black Bear Lake
Below Black Bear Lake
Up to White Bear Lake Pass - this is a cool pretty wild area
Up to White Bear Lake Pass - this is a cool pretty wild area
White Bear Lake Pass
White Bear Lake Pass
Descending north from White Bear Lake Pass over some rough loose boulders and scrub- we were glad to get down to easier ground
Descending north from White Bear Lake Pass over some rough loose boulders and scrub- we were glad to get down to easier ground
Brown Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Pass above
Brown Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Pass above
We leave the Bear Lakes and descend west into Hilgard Branch below Lake Italy
We leave the Bear Lakes and descend west into Hilgard Branch below Lake Italy
Descending Hilgard Branch below Lake Italy on rough trail that improved lower down
Descending Hilgard Branch below Lake Italy on rough trail that improved lower down
September 2019 Sierra -A very cold camp above the PCT/JMT at Bear Creek
September 2019 Sierra -A very cold camp above the PCT/JMT at Bear Creek
Day 3 11th September 2019 A frosty PCT trail at Bear Creek
Day 3 11th September 2019 A frosty PCT trail at Bear Creek
Grouse on the PCT at Bear Creek
Grouse on the PCT at Bear Creek
Marie Lake nearing Selden Pass on the PCT
Marie Lake nearing Selden Pass on the PCT
Nearing Selden Pass
Nearing Selden Pass
Selden Pass looking south
Selden Pass looking south
Descending south from Selden Pass
Descending south from Selden Pass
Into the woods with pleasant trail hiking
Into the woods with pleasant trail hiking
We reach Muir Trail Ranch
We reach Muir Trail Ranch
Muir Trail Ranch has food in spare pots left behind by John Muir Trail hikers- a chance to overeat!
Muir Trail Ranch has food in spare pots left behind by John Muir Trail hikers- a chance to overeat!
At the San Joquin river- entering the National Park
At the San Joquin river- entering the National Park
Day 4 12th September 2019 On trail climbing up Evolution Valley
Day 4 12th September 2019 On trail climbing up Evolution Valley
Evolution Valley
Evolution Valley
Evolution Valley
Evolution Valley
We left the PCT and climbed a smaller trail heading into Darwin Lakes
We left the PCT and climbed a smaller trail heading into Darwin Lakes
Darwin Bench
Darwin Bench
Looking up Darwin Lakes
Looking up Darwin Lakes
Back down Darwin Lakes
Back down Darwin Lakes
Marmot digging in the gravel at Darwin Lakes
Marmot digging in the gravel at Darwin Lakes
Resting at the last Darwin Lake before climbing to Lamarck Col
Resting at the last Darwin Lake before climbing to Lamarck Col
Climbing to the col
Climbing to the col
Darwin Lakes from the col
Darwin Lakes from the col
 Lamarck Col
Lamarck Col
 Lamarck Col
Lamarck Col
 Lamarck Col east side was freezing over again late in the afternoon
Lamarck Col east side was freezing over again late in the afternoon
Lamarck Col east side- we happily used the microspikes here on the hard neve
Lamarck Col east side- we happily used the microspikes here on the hard neve
September 2019 Sierra -We found a great camp east of Lamarck Col overlooking Owens Valley and down to Bishop
September 2019 Sierra -We found a great camp east of Lamarck Col overlooking Owens Valley and down to Bishop
September 2019 Sierra - Lamarck Col camp in the evening
September 2019 Sierra - Lamarck Col camp in the evening
September 2019 Sierra -Lamarck Col camp in the morning
September 2019 Sierra -Lamarck Col camp in the morning
September 2019 Sierra -Lamarck Col camp in the morning
September 2019 Sierra -Lamarck Col camp in the morning
Lamarck Col camp in the morning
Lamarck Col camp in the morning
Descent back to North Lake trailhead from Lamarck Col camp in morning - good trail
Descent back to North Lake trailhead from Lamarck Col camp in morning - good trail