Huge tree trunks ahead
Back to the home zone of the park, in the forest of the Giant Sequoias
Walking back to our car, we choose a route through that takes us through the Giant Forest.
Hiking back downhill towards the California central valley
The apparent old footbridge across Lone Pine creek
Sunset light on an avalance chute
The next cirque westward from Hamilton lake.
Lone pine creek below the footbridge
These high points on the trail make for great portrait points
The next cirque to the west from Hamilton lake
Beginning the hike back to Bearpaw meadow base camp
I like how the setting sun lights up Savina's rim.
Sunset over an avalanche chute
Thin tree cover on the valley's north face
Enjoying a well-built trail
Here a three-part cut in the granite cliffs was required for the trail to proceed through.
Lake ice makes a fine portrait backdrop
Partial snow cover preserved by the shade
Patterns in lake ice
Lower Hamilton Lake
Coming upon Hamilton Lake iced over
The chute just below the inflowing creek remains liquid
Blue water ice
On the wall of the cirque around upper Hamilton Lake
Grass and rock islands surrounded by ice sheet
The snow remains on the shady side of the lake ice
Lake ice partially covered in snow